Dial-A-Ride Rural Public Transportation Program provides public transportation in Coles County for individuals of all ages and abilities. During FY2013, Dial-A-Ride served a total of 3,568 passengers with a total of 37,761 trips. In October 2012, the ZIP LINE was introduced for passengers travelling within/between Charleston & Mattoon – 6,238 units of service were provided with this new form of transportation where bus stops have been designated and no reservations are required.
Dial-A-Ride strives to provide the safest, most economical transportation possible. Fares vary from $.50 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 travelling within the City of Charleston, Mattoon and Lafayette Townships; those under sixty, when travelling within the city limits, pay a fare of $3.00 each one-way trip; all ages pay $4.00 each way when travelling outside a city’s limit. All ages pay $7.00 each way when travelling outside Coles County. Dial-A-Ride travels to Champaign/Urbana, Tuscola, and Effingham.
Dial-A-Ride’s hours of operation are Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. & Sunday Noon to 8:30 p.m. The ZIP LINE hours of operation are Monday – Friday beginning at 8 a.m. and ending after the 4 p.m. route.
Fifteen 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 need 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 website at: www.dialaridetransit.org Dial-A-Ride receives funding from the Title XX Donated Fund Initiative, Participant Contributions, State of Illinois Department of Transportation, Downstate Operating Assistance Program, the Federal Transit Administration, Fares, Private Donations, Vehicle Advertising, American Recovery & Reinvestment Act and Service Contracts.