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DIAL-A-RIDE TO CONTINUE IN UNINCORPORATED AREAS.

Byline: Kermit Pattison Daily News Staff Writer

Dial-a-ride cabs for seniors and the handicapped will continue for the next year in Oak Park, Newbury Park and other unincorporated parts of the Conejo Valley.

The Ventura County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to seek $130,000 in federal funds to extend the dial-a-ride service for the unincorporated Conejo Valley communities for another year.

``It seems to be fairly well-received,'' said Butch Britt, Ventura County deputy public works director for transportation. ``We continuously monitor and evaluate it.''

The services will continue at their present level. The county plans to pay for the service with federal funds from the Transportation Development Act.

The Thousand Oaks Cab Company provides the service on a first-come, first-served basis for seniors and the handicapped who do not have their own transportation. They pay fares of $1.50 to $2. The county has two contracts for the service, one covering Newbury Park, Ventu Park, Lynn Ranch and Rolling Oaks and the other serving Oak Park.

The dial-a-ride service to unincorporated Newbury Park, Ventu Park, Lynn Ranch and Rolling Oaks - an extension of service within the city of Thousand Oaks - now attracts about 275 rides per month. It recoups about 22 percent of its cost through fares.

The Thousand Oaks Cab Company also provides dial-a-ride service to Oak Park though an extension of a contract with the city of Agoura. It transports about 1,500 riders a month from Oak Park on average and recovers about 21 percent of the cost through fares, officials said.

``Dial-a-ride service has been a real hit in the Oak Park area,'' said Ventura County Supervisor Frank Schillo. ``It's something that has been really needed for a long time.''

``Oak Park is kind of out of the way,'' he said. ``It's not on a freeway. It's not easy for people to get around there. They don't have the shopping they would like to have there.''
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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Jun 26, 1996
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