Dial-A-Ride expanding into Mayport, Ponte Vedra Beach

Dial-A-Ride will be adding a third vehicle and expanding service to both Mayport and Ponte Vedra Beach.
The Beaches Council on Aging announced the extended service recently.
Dial-A-Ride provides free and low-cost transportation to elderly and others needing a ride to a store, doctor or other locations at the Beaches.
The Beach-based program will offer rides to those in Ponte Vedra Beach as part of an arrangement made with the Marriott at Sawgrass. Marriott has asked Dial-A-Ride to provide rides to Marriott workers who need transport to the hotel from the nearest JTA bus stop north of the county line.
The new vehicle is a para-transit bus and is provided by the support of the Beaches Community Fund, the Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach and Christ Episcopal Church.
Dial-A-Ride's executive director, Gary Tiller, said ridership this year is twice last year's at this time.
Baby boomers are aging and using the service, he said. In addition, while some people may use Uber and other ride-sharing options, many seniors do not because it may be difficult to accommodate a walker or cane in a ride share vehicle. Dial-A-Ride can accommodate wheelchairs.