DIAL-A-RIDE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM
Dial-A-Ride provides public transportation (serving ALL ages) in Coles & Douglas counties. During FY2018, Dial-A-Ride served over 3000 passengers. Almost 85,000 units of service (one-way trips).
Dial-A-Ride strives to provide the safest, most economical transportation possible. Fares vary from $1.00 to $7.00 each way depending on the passenger’s origin and destination; persons over the age over sixty are encouraged to make a suggested donation of $1.00 each way if they are traveling within the cities of Charleston, Mattoon and Lafayette Township; those under sixty, when traveling within the city limits, pay a fare of $3.00 each one-way trip; all ages pay $4.00 each way when traveling outside a city’s limit. All ages pay $7.00 each way when traveling outside their County. Dial-A-Ride travels to Champaign/Urbana, Effingham, Tuscola and Decatur.
Dial-A-Ride’s hours of operation are Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The ZIP LINE hours of operation are Monday – Friday beginning at 8 a.m. and last run starting at
4 p.m. route.
Twenty two buses, all of which are wheelchair accessible, provided door-to-door services on a combination demand-response/semi-scheduled basis. This rural, public transportation program continues to grow and be responsive to the changing needs of our community.
Contact Dial-A-Ride at 217-639-5169 and toll free 1-800-500-5505 and check out the
Dial-A-Ride receives funding from the DHS Title XX Donated Fund Initiative, State of Illinois Department of Transportation (Downstate Operating Assistance Program and Section 5311 through the Federal Transit Administration), fares, donations, participant contributions,vehicle advertising, service contracts and fundraising events.