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Westchester County Adds Taxis to ParaTransit Service

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – A pilot program called "Bee-Line Taxi" will save Westchester County $300,000 a year by adding taxi cabs to its ParaTransit service for residents traveling within White Plains who aren't able to use the bus system because they are disabled, according to a press release.

The county said its ParaTransit van service currently serves 5,500 registered riders a year and provides 220,000 trips a year. The new taxi cabs, which have been used more than 520 times since April 2, will be used an estimated 8,300 times per year and cost the county between $8 and $10 per trip. The ParaTransit vans costs about $50 per trip.

The fare will be $4 for either vehicle and riders can select either, the release said.

“We know how much people rely on our ParaTransit system and this new program will help our riders by providing more options on service," County Executive Robert Astorino said in the release. "This is an example of how smart actions by government can deliver better service at a lower cost."

The program is limited to trips within White Plains, but the county may expand it if it proves successful.

"The overall goal of the pilot taxi program is to offer our riders with additional options on how they utilize ParaTransit services while also creating cost savings to the constituents of Westchester County," said Evan Latainer, director of the county's office for the disabled.

For more information or to schedule a pick-up, call 914-995-7272 or visit the county website .

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