“Specialized transportation is a form of demand-response service and often falls under the umbrella term paratransit – a term that describes any service along the transportation continuum between private automobile and fixed-route bus services. Specialized transportation services are usually targeted at people with mobility limitations caused by age, disability or income. Many individuals rely on several modes of specialized transportation to meet their needs which makes coordination of these services critical.
Specialized transportation programs are designed locally to meet the needs of the community, taking into consideration geography and demographics among other factors. Services available vary throughout the state. Specialized transportation services can include: volunteer driver programs, voucher programs, fare subsidy, carpool/vanpools, vehicle loans, travel training, one-call centers, shared ride taxis, intercity buses and employment or aging program vehicles/buses.”