Greater Dayton RTA, Ford partner to expand paratransit services

Posted on May 8, 2019

Greater Dayton RTA CEO Mark Donaghy (left) and officials celebrated the launch of the partnership with Ford.
Greater Dayton RTA
Greater Dayton RTA CEO Mark Donaghy (left) and officials celebrated the launch of the partnership with Ford.Greater Dayton RTA

Ohio’s Greater Dayton RTA will be joining forces with the Ford Motor Company in a first-of-its kind project to offer transportation in the region with Ford GoRide Health.

Under the RTA Connect family of services, Ford’s GoRide Health will add a new channel of transportation for RTA paratransit customers. Ford GoRide Health is a startup, non-emergency medical transportation service featuring professional drivers, wheelchair-accessible properly outfitted vehicles. Expecting to deliver thousands of rides per day across the nation by the end of the year, the service is quickly gaining momentum based on a foundation of trust — delivering a reliable, safe, quality service built upon healthcare compliance.

GoRide’s announcement of working with the RTA in Dayton is the company’s first venture into a partnership with a public transportation provider. As the region’s public transportation provider, RTA Chief Customer and Business Development Officer Brandon Policicchio said the RTA strongly believes in seeking and developing partnerships that increase mobility access for the citizens of this region.

GoRide began providing trips for the RTA in the beginning of May and will increase operations in the coming months. Paratransit customers in Dayton will continue to schedule trips with the RTA as normal.

GoRide offers an on-demand option that is useful for customers with disabilities or that require an accessible vehicle. All GoRide drivers are HIPAA compliant and professionally trained to safely assist passengers.

Both GoRide and the RTA said this partnership helps work toward their goals of making cities more mobility inclusive.

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