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On The Move - Access-A-Ride
Winter 2016 - 2017 All the news on Access-A-Ride Volume 14


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CURBSIDE – Community News and Happenings

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Members of the Paratransit Advisory Committee* (PAC) took photos with retiring Paratransit Vice President Thomas Charles at the May 2016 PAC meeting. Mr. Charles served New York City Transit (NYCT) for over 28 years. Under his leadership, AAR introduced numerous innovative technologies including Automatic Vehicle Location Monitoring (AVLM) and Interactive Voice Response (IVR), improving vehicle on time performance. We thank Mr. Charles for his service and commitment and wish him all the best with future endeavors.

Mr. Steven LoPiano returned to Paratransit to assume the role of Vice President. He has over 31 years of MTA NYC Transit experience. Mr. Michael Cosgrove, former Paratransit Contract Management Officer, with over 29 years of NYCT experience has been promoted to the role of Deputy Vice President.

Paratransit also says good bye & thank you to Russell Schmid, who after 23½ years of dedicated service, retired on November 4, 2016. Many AAR customers became acquainted with Mr. Schmid at the numerous outreach events and bus demos he performed over the course of his career, throughout New York City’s five boroughs.
Paratransit Advisory Committee (PAC) is an advisory body created to serve as a liaison to the disabled community. For more information about the role of the PAC, members and minutes of past meetings, visit: web.mta.info/accessibility/AdvisoryCommittee_PAC.htm

Paratransit staff poses with Commissioner Victor Calise and Deputy Commissioner / General Counsel Kleo King in front of Gracie Mansion at the AAR vehicle staging area for the 2016 Sapolin Awards on August 9, 2016. Over 65 people utilized AAR to attend the event which honored the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Working with the NYC Transit Department of Buses, Paratransit provides on-site NYC Transit Bus Demos for transition programs.

To request an AAR outreach presentation or Bus Demo for your organization or a representative for your resource fair, please contact 877-337-2017 and press prompt #8 or visit: www.mta.info and click on"contact us."

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Access-A-Ride MetroCard

The AAR MetroCard issued by NYC Transit serves as both your Paratransit customer identification card to use when you ride AAR and as a MetroCard if you opt to use public transit. NYC Transit understands that some Paratransit customers are able to use public transit under certain circumstances but at other times need AAR service. Therefore, your eligibility status will not be affected by using mass transit.

The AAR MetroCard gives AAR customers the opportunity and flexibility to take a total of four (4) free trips a day using the subways, local buses, Select Bus Service (SBS), and Staten Island Railway (SIR). If you have PCA Certification indicated on your AAR MetroCard, your PCA rides free of charge via Paratransit or public transit. On public transit, just swipe or dip your card twice – once for you, and again for your PCA. AAR customers cannot use their AAR MetroCard to ride express buses free of charge. Reduced fare on express buses is only available from 10:01 a.m. to 2:59 p.m., from 7:01 p.m. to 5:59 a.m. weekdays and all day on Saturdays and Sundays.

For more information about your AAR MetroCard, please visit: web.mta.info/nyct/paratran/guide.htm#aarmetrocard or call Eligibility 877-337-2017, prompt #1.

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AAR Fare and ID

AAR fares are the same as full fare on public transit. Please show the driver your AAR ID and pay the exact fare as you board the vehicle. AAR drivers do not provide change and do not accept roundtrip fares or tips. You cannot use your AAR MetroCard to pay for your Paratransit vehicle trips. Your vehicle will not depart unless you show your ID and pay your fare and the fare for your guests (if you are traveling with guest). Only Personal Care Attendants (PCAs) ride free of charge if your trip is reserved with a PCA. Please note: Customers with temporary eligibility do not receive a MetroCard or AAR ID Card. When traveling on AAR, they may use their eligibility letter with photo as ID.

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Free Travel Training Available

MTA NYC Transit is fully committed to the use of buses and subways by New Yorkers with disabilities. With some training, many AAR customers who have mobility or cognitive impairments may be able to ride the bus or subway to work, school, health and recreation facilities, and the many cultural institutions for which New York is famous. Transit currently sponsors travel training for qualified paratransit AAR customers. Abilities, Inc., is conducting the training under contract with NYC Transit. A training candidate must be 18 years of age, should be motivated and medically stable, and should use the bus/subway often enough to maintain newly learned travel skills. Training is well under way. Call 516-465-1507 to register.

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Transferring from Wheelchair/Scooter to Passenger Seat

Passenger seats are reserved for customers who walk and wheelchair/ scooter locations are reserved for customers traveling in wheelchairs/ scooters. If you travel in a wheelchair/ scooter and wish to transfer to a passenger seat, you must ask the driver if a seat will be vacant during your trip. You may transfer only if a seat is available. Customers are not permitted to reserve passenger seats for guests or PCAs who do not travel with them so that they can transfer to a passenger seat. Please note: If a passenger who walks is added to the route and requires the seat, you will have to return to your wheelchair/scooter.

Two's OK - But Please, No More

  • Board AAR vehicles with a maximum of two bags or parcels totaling 40 lbs or less
  • Bulky items that fill seats or present a safety hazard, are not permitted on AAR vehicles, even if the item weighs less than 40 lbs
  • Customers are required to fold shopping carts
Adhering to this policy helps us to avoid unnecessary delays. Together we can make it a safe and courteous ride.

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Is Your Contact Information Up to Date?
Have you moved, changed your cell phone number, or E-mail address? You may have given your new contact information to an AAR associate during the reservation process, but this DOES NOT establish updates in your permanent records. Please make sure our AAR Eligibility Unit (877-337-2017, prompt #1) has your most recent contact information on file.

Why should AAR Customers Always Travel with a Cell Phone?
  • A cell phone allows the carrier dispatcher to reach you to help avoid a missed connection.

  • It also allows you to contact the AAR Command Center more easily if there is an issue on the day of travel.

  • AAR Interactive Voice Response (IVR) messages can be sent to your cell phone. IVR provides important AAR-related information automatically.

Types of IVR messages you may receive:

  • A reminder the night before your scheduled trip for the next day.
  • An alert telling you that a vehicle will arrive in approximately 15 minutes.
  • An alert that your eligibility will expire soon and needs to be renewed.
  • A reminder to Subscription Service users to call and reserve subscription trips on holidays. Of course, you can receive IVR messages via telephone, text messages or email. It is your choice, but AAR can’t reach you if your contact information isn’t up to date, so please call Eligibility to ensure that your contact information is current.

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Conduct Policy Update

Effective August 29, 2016, the Access-A-Ride Conduct Policy’s list of prohibited conduct was expanded to include the following:

  • Intentionally providing false information with respect to PCA and/or guest reservations may constitute illegal or fraudulent conduct for which a customer’s AAR eligibility may be suspended or terminated under this Policy.
For more information about all AAR policies, visit: web.mta.info/nyct/paratran/guide.htm

Inclement Weather

Please consider rescheduling an AAR trip when bad weather is forecasted. While AAR may continue to operate during adverse weather conditions, there may be times when local road conditions prevent us from reaching you. For weather and service messages, please call AAR at 877-337-2017 or consult the MTA website at: www.mta.info

The Manage My Trips system makes booking and tracking your ride easier.

Visit: web.mta.info/nyct/paratran/guide.htm

Click on “AAR Manage My Trips”.  Sign up or sign in to get started!

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Access-A-Ride Telephone Directory

Call 877-337-2017 toll-free from area codes 212, 718, 347, 516, 631, 646, 914, and 845. From other area codes, dial 718-393-4999. Customers who are deaf/ hard of hearing can use their preferred relay service or the free 711 relay service.

When connected you will hear:

Thank you for calling Access-A-Ride; Access-A-Ride now offers an automated phone system to assist you. If you wish to check the status of a trip, cancel a reservation or manage your subscription, please press "7" now. Also you can now book your trips online at www.mta.info and select the "Accessibility" option. To continue in English, press “1” for Spanish, press "2." For all other languages, press "3."
For questions regarding applications, eligibility, appeals, re-certification, or to update contact information, please press "1".
To request a trip, please press 2.
To change a trip, please press 3.
To cancel a trip, please press 4.
For same-day trip problems (24/7), please press 5.
For subscription service, please press 6.
To use our automated system, please press 7.
To give a commendation or make a complaint, please press 8.
To repeat this announcement, please press 0.
Hold for assistance if you do not have a touch-tone phone.

Telephonic Interpretation Service is provided in many languages when calling AAR or visiting our Assessment Centers.

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Language Services

ACCESS-A-RIDE LANGUAGE SERVICES NOTICE

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT ACCESS-A-RIDE NOW PROVIDES INTERPRETATION AND DOCUMENT TRANSLATION SERVICES FOR INDIVIDUALS WHOSE PREFERRED LANGUAGE IS NOT ENGLISH.

INTERPRETATION AND DOCUMENT TRANSLATION SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE DURING THE APPLICATION, ELIGIBILITY, AND SCHEDULING PROCESSES.  FOR EXAMPLE, YOU ARE ENTITLED TO AN INTEPRETER WHEN YOU APPLY, WHEN YOU SCHEDULE RIDES AND APPOINTMENTS, AND WHEN YOU ARE ASSESSED FOR YOUR ELIGIBILITY.

YOU DO NOT NEED TO BRING YOUR OWN INTERPRETER OR TRANSLATE DOCUMENTS ON YOUR OWN.

THESE SERVICES ARE FREE OF CHARGE.  

IF YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS WITH LANGUAGE SERVICES AT ACCESS-A-RIDE, AND WANT TO SUBMIT A COMPLAINT, PLEASE CALL 1-877-337-2017.

ANUNCIO DE SERVICIOS DE IDIOMAS DE ACCESS-A-RIDE

LE INFORMAMOS QUE ACCESS-A-RIDE ACTUALMENTE OFRECE LOS SERVICIOS DE INTERPRETACIÓN Y TRADUCCIÓN DE DOCUMENTOS PARA LAS PERSONAS CUYA LENGUA MATERNA NO ES EL INGLÉS.

LOS SERVICIOS DE INTERPRETACIÓN Y TRADUCCIÓN DE DOCUMENTOS ESTÁN DISPONIBLES DURANTE LOS PROCESOS DE APLICACIÓN, ELEGIBILIDAD Y PROGRAMACIÓN.  POR EJEMPLO, TIENE DERECHO A UN INTÉRPRETE CUANDO APLICA, CUANDO PROGRAMA TRANSPORTES Y CITAS Y CUANDO SE LE EVALÚA SU ELEGIBILIDAD.

NO NECESITA TRAER A SU PROPIO INTÉRPRETE O TRADUCIR DOCUMENTOS POR SU CUENTA.

ESTOS SERVICIOS SON GRATUITOS. 

SI TIENE ALGÚN PROBLEMA CON LOS SERVICIOS DE LENGUAJE DE ACCESS-A-RIDE Y QUIERE PRESENTAR UNA QUEJA, POR FAVOR LLAME AL 1-877-337-2017.

ACCESS-A-RIDE 语言服务通知

请注意,ACCESS-A-RIDE 现面向母语非英语的人士提供口译和文件翻译服务。

您可在提出申请、资格评定和安排流程时选择使用口译和文件翻译服务。例如,您在提出申请、安排乘车和预约以及接受资格评定时有权获得口译员提供的服务。

您无需带上自己的口译员,也无需自己翻译文件。

此服务免费。 

如果您对 ACCESS-A-RIDE 提供的语言服务有任何疑问,或希望提出投诉,请致电:1-877-337-2017。

ПЕРЕВДОЧЕСКИЕ УСЛУГИ СЕРВИСА ACCESS-A-RIDE

ПОЖАЛУЙСТА, ОБРАТИТЕ ВНИМАНИЕ, ЧТО В РАМКАХ СЕРВИСА  ACCESS-A-RIDE КЛИЕНТАМ, ПРЕДПОЧТИТЕЛЬНЫЙ ЯЗЫК ОБЩЕНИЯ КОТОРЫХ ЯВЛЯЕТСЯ ДРУГОЙ ЯЗЫК, КРОМЕ АНГЛИЙСКОГО, ПРЕДОСТАВЛЯЮТСЯ УСЛУГИ УСТНОГО ПЕРЕВОДА, А ТАКЖЕ ПИСЬМЕННОГО ПЕРЕВОДА ДОКУМЕНТОВ.

УСТНЫЙ ПЕРЕВОД И ПИСЬМЕНЫЙ ПЕРЕВОД ДОКУМЕНТОВ ДОСТУПНЫ НА ЛЮБОЙ СТАДИИ ОБСЛУЖИВАНИЯ – ВО ВРЕМЯ ОФОРМЛЕНИЯ ЗАЯВЛЕНИЯ, ПРОВЕРКЕ СООТВЕТСТВИЯ ТРЕБОВАНИЯМ, ПЛАНИРОВАНИИ ПРИЕМОВ И ПОЕЗДОК.  ТАК, ВЫ ИМЕЕТЕ ПРАВО НА ПОЛУЧЕНИЕ УСЛУГ УСТНОГО ПЕРЕВОДА, КОГДА ВЫ НАЗНАЧАЕТЕ ПРИЕМ И ПЛАНИРУЕТЕ ПОЕЗДКИ, И КОГДА ВЫ ПРОХОДИТЕ ПРОВЕРКУ НА ПОЛУЧЕНИЕ ПРАВА ПОЛЬЗОВАНИЯ УСЛУГАМИ.

ВАМ НЕ НУЖНО ПРИВОДИТЬ СВОЕГО ПЕРЕВОДЧИКА НА ПРИЕМ И САМИМ ПЕРЕВОДИТЬ ДОКУМЕНТЫ.

ЭТИ УСЛУГИ ПРЕДОСТАВЛЯЮТСЯ БЕСПЛАТНО. 

ЕСЛИ У ВАС ВОЗНИКНУТ ПРОБЛЕМЫ С ПЕРЕВОДОМ В РАМКАХ СЕРВИСА ACCESS-A-RIDE, ВЫ МОЖЕТЕ ПОДАТЬ ЖАЛОБУ, ПОЗВОНИВ ПО ТЕЛ. 1-877-337-2017.

ACCESS-A-RIDE 언어 서비스 통지

이제 부터 ACCESS-A-RIDE는 선호 언어가 영어가 아닌 인원을 위해 통역 및 문서 번역 서비스를 제공합니다.

통역 및 문서 번역 서비스는 신청서, 자격요건 및 일정 조정 과정 중 제공됩니다. 예를 들면 신청 시, 이동 및 예약을 할 경우 그리고 귀하의 자격요건을 평가할때 이러한 서비스가 제공됩니다.

본인이 직접 통역사나 문서를 번역할 필요가 없습니다.

이러한 서비스는 무료로 제공됩니다.

ACCESS-A-RIDE 언어 서비스에 대한 문제가 있거나 고충 신청을 원하시는 경우 1-877-337-2017번으로 전화하십시오.

AVI SOU SÈVIS LANG ACCESS-A-RIDE

TANPRI NOU VLE FÈ W KONNEN KE ACCESS-A-RIDE KOUNYE A BAY SÈVIS ENTÈPRETASYON AK TRADIKSYON DOKIMAN POU MOUN KE LANG NATIF NATAL YO PA ANGLE.

SÈVIS ENTÈPRETASYON AK TRADIKSYON DOKIMAN DISPONIB PANDAN PWOSESIS APLIKASYON AN, KALIFIKASYON, AK ORÈ.  PA EGZANP, OU GEN DWA POU GEN YON ENTÈPRÈT LÈ WAP APLIKE, LÈ WAP PWOGRAME YON PAKOU AK RANDEVOU, AK LÈ YAP EVALYE W POU ELIJIBLITE.

OU PA BEZWEN VINI AVÈK ENTÈPERÈT OU OSWA TRADWI DOKIMAN YO POUKONT OU.

SÈVIS SA YO GRATIS. 

SI OU GEN NENPÓT PWOBLÈM AVÈK SÈVIS LANG NAN ACCESS-A-RIDE, E OU TA VLE SOUMÈT YON PLENT, TANPRI RELE 1-877-337-2017.

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