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Dial-A-Ride

Division of Public Transit
Eoin Wrafter, Acting Commissioner

 

Cynthia Ruiz, Dutchess County Transit Administrator
Michael Grattini, First Transit General Manager

Dutchess County Dial-A-Ride
Policies and Procedures

Fares
Demand Response Service Application for ADA / Dial-A-Ride / Flex (.pdf)  |  Online Application
Dial-A-Ride Schedule
Dial-A-Ride Communities Map (.pdf)

What is Dial-A-Ride?

Dial-A-Ride is a curb-to-curb transportation service open to the general public.

Who is Eligible?

In order to serve the special transportation needs of the public, the service is offered only to those who need it. If an individual can use the regular Public Transit bus service, that individual is not eligible for Dial-A-Ride service.

  • One must be a resident of and have a trip origin in the following communities: Towns of Amenia, Dover, East Fishkill, Fishkill, Hyde Park, North East, Pine Plains, Poughkeepsie, Stanford, Wappinger, or Washington, or the City of Poughkeepsie.


Where does the service operate?

Dial-A-Ride service operates in the City of Poughkeepsie and the towns of Amenia, Dover, East Fishkill, Fishkill, Hyde Park, North East, Pine Plains, Poughkeepsie, Stanford, Wappinger, and Washington according to schedule.

Registration

In order to access Dial-A-Ride, an individual must register with the Division of Public Transit prior to riding. To register, it is required that an individual fill out a registration form and return it to the address below. Dial-A-Ride staff will verify that the information is complete and notify each individual, by mail, as to his/her registration status.

Mail registrations to:

Dutchess County Division of Public Transit
Dial-A-Ride
14 Commerce Street
Poughkeepsie NY 12603
(845) 473-8424 -
Questions? Go to Your Dutchess Direct

Information provided on the registration form helps establish eligibility for the Dial-A-Ride service and compliance with mandated reporting requirements.

What are the Fares?

Senior Citizen - $1.00 one way
Veteran - $1.00 one way
General Fare - $3.50 one way

When schedule allows, drivers will make additional stops within a municipality, however each additional stop will constitute a new fare.

Reservations

Passengers must plan activities so that reservations may be made ahead of time.

Passengers must call for reservations at 473-8424 as early as possible when in need of medical transportation. Dispatchers will accept reservations up to 30 days in advance and no later than 3 days before the desired date of service between the hours of 9:00 am and 1:00 pm, Monday through Friday. (You must have an approved registration on file before making a reservation.) Call Dial-A-Ride for a registration form or fill out an application online (.pdf), print it, sign it and return the completed form to Dutchess County Division of Public Transit, 14 Commerce Street, Poughkeepsie, New York 12603.

To cancel a reservation, please call Dial-A-Ride at least 24 hours before the scheduled trip. Late cancellations will require payment for the missed trip.

When a ride is scheduled, passengers must tell the dispatcher exactly where they are going, including additional stops. The driver has a schedule to follow which cannot be changed.

Passengers are limited to a maximum four (4) shopping bags or parcels, with a maximum weight of 25 lbs per bag. If a passenger requires help, s/he must ask the driver for assistance.

On all shopping trips, passengers are to be advised of the time and location to meet for the return trip.

Passengers should wait inside their homes until 10 minutes before the scheduled pick-up time, so that the dispatcher may call if there will be a delay.

Passengers should allow a 15 minute leeway in scheduled pick-up time. Be ready 15 minutes early, but be prepared to wait 15 minutes longer than the scheduled pick-up time.

Passengers should try to be patient, as drivers may be delayed due to road conditions.

Passengers must ask for help if assistance is needed to board or alight a vehicle. Drivers may not leave the bus unattended for any reason. Bus operators are not permitted to leave the bus to accompany passengers to or from the door at any time.

Passengers must place fares in the fare box on their own. Those who are unable to do so may receive assistance from drivers. Passengers must pay with change. Bus operators are not permitted to make change or accept tips.

Patrons who wish to express a concern or make a suggestion should attempt to resolve the matter with Dial-A-Ride. Those matters that cannot be resolved with Dial-A-Ride may be brought to the attention of Division of Public Transit management or the Dutchess County Transit Administrator at (845) 473-8424, or the appropriate Advisory Board representative.

Late Cancellation Sanction Policy

  1. Any passenger whose pattern of cancellations exceeds five (5) cancellations in one month will be sanctioned for one month following the fifth cancellation. Any pre-arranged trips will be canceled until the following month.

  2. Any passenger whose pattern of cancellations exceeds fifteen (15) cancellations in three months will be sanctioned for three months following the fifteenth cancellation. No further trip requests will be taken until two months and twenty-seven days after the sanction period is expired.

  3. All patterns will be determined on a concurrent basis. A passenger whose pattern of cancellations exceeds any of the preceding guidelines must have twelve consecutive weeks of less than five (5) cancellations per month before his or her clock starts again.

Holidays

All major holidays will be observed. The Dial-A-Ride Advisory Board will have the option of declaring additional holidays.

Winter Cancellation Policy

Cancellations due to poor driving conditions will be announced on all local radio stations between 7:00 and 8:00 am. If the weather changes during the day, radio announcements will be ongoing.

If it is necessary to delay Dial-A-Ride service, all pick-ups scheduled before 11:00 am will be cancelled for the day.

If road conditions do not improve by 11:00 am, Dial-A-Ride service will be canceled for the remainder of the day. Local radio stations will announce the cancellation between 11:00 am and 12:00 pm.

Dial-A-Ride Advisory Board

The Dial-A-Ride Advisory Board, consisting of Dutchess County Public Transit and community representatives, discusses policy and addresses problems and concerns expressed by the program's passengers and drivers. The Advisory Board is chaired by the Dutchess County Transit Administrator.

Participating Town Supervisors, the Mayor of Poughkeepsie, and Taconic Resources for Independence may appoint a representative to the Advisory Board.

Division of Public Transit

All operation policy decisions will be the sole responsibility of the Division of Public Transit. The Dial-A-Ride Advisory Committee will be consulted with, as appropriate, before any policy or service modification is enacted that may significantly impact the method or scope of services delivered to the ridership.

Dial-A-Ride Schedule
Municipality Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
City of Poughkeepsie

Local, South
Road Malls,
Adams,
44 Plaza

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1 Bushwick Dr,
Lagrange

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Fishkill

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2nd Tues.
of the Month
129 Clove
Branch Road,
East Fishkill
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2nd Tues.
of the Month
Town of East Fishkill
Local

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South Road
Malls
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Town of Fishkill
Local &
Beacon
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starts 
7/3/14

Poughkeepsie
& South Road
Malls
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starts
7/3/14

Town of Hyde Park
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City & Town
of Poughkeepsie
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South Road
Malls

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Fishkill

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of the Month

North East Community Center- serving residents of Amenia, Dover, North East, Pine Plains, Stanford, & Washington
Western Dutchess County

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Local service in Amenia, Dover, North East, Pine Plains, Stanford, Washington

   

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Sharon, CT (medical appointments only)

   

 

Town of Poughkeepsie - North
Local, City &
Town of
Poughkeepsie

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Town of Poughkeepsie - South
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Poughkeepsie
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Town of Wappinger
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Poughkeepsie
& South Road
Malls
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