BARTA – Special Services
1700 North Eleventh Street, Reading, PA 19604
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Find My Ride Apply allows you to apply online directly to transportation providers across Pennsylvania that offer affordable transportation services for seniors, persons with disabilities, and people who need assistance to get to medical appointments. Applying for transportation services with BARTA Special Services, Berks County’s shared-ride transportation service, is easy to do through Find My Ride Apply. Click here to get started.
**Customers interested in applying for Senior Shared Ride Services, Medical Assistance Services, ADA Services, and Persons with Disabilities Services can apply online through Find My Ride Apply.
About Find My Ride Apply
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania offers this online eligibility service for people to apply for programs that provide transportation assistance throughout the commonwealth. These programs mainly help seniors, persons with disabilities, and people needing assistance getting to medical appointments. Still, other groups of people may also be covered depending on where they live and their needs. The service works by asking applicants a series of questions about themselves and their needs and then sending the responses directly to the appropriate transportation provider. The transportation provider may request additional information before approving the application for service. The application process costs nothing, but you may be charged a per-trip fee or fare for the transportation services. The transportation provider will discuss any required fares with you when you schedule service with them.
If you receive Medical Assistance from the Department of Welfare, you may be eligible for transportation to medical appointments on BARTA Special Services.
In addition to filling out the Medical Assistance Application, if you have a disability that prevents you from riding BARTA’s regular bus routes and are under 65 it is recommended that you fill out the ADA Application in addition to the Medical Assistance application.
If you are 18 – 64 years of age it is recommended that you also fill out the PWD Application .
If you are over 65 years of age, it is recommended that you also fill out the Senior Shared Ride Application
If you are a Senior Citizens, age 65 years or older you are eligible for BARTA Special Services. There is no restriction on purpose of the trip so seniors can travel for any kind of trip: medical appointments, shopping, recreation, senior centers and more. There is a co-pay each time a senior rides that averages about 15% of the total cost of the trip.
The Rural Shared Ride Service for Persons with Disabilities is a program funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for persons requesting services in rural areas of Berks County. This program will provide shared-ride service to qualified persons with disabilities as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The PWD program must be the “payer of last resort.” If your transportation is currently being paid for by an agency or by a third party payer, they must continue to pay for those trips; however, if you have other types of trips, the PWD program may be able to help you.
You must meet all of the following stipulations to be eligible:
BARTA will make a determination of eligibility within 21 days or receiving your application for service.
BARTA shall provide complementary paratransit service to individuals with disabilities that is similar to the level of service provided to individuals without disabilities who use the fixed-route bus system. In BARTA’s case, providing paratransit service that is comparable to BARTA’s fixed-route service has resulted in an expansion of paratransit service hours to include longer service hours on weekdays and the addition of service hours on weekday evenings and Saturdays, for those persons who are “certified” as being “ADA eligible”.
BARTA will make a determination of eligibility within 21 days of receiving your application for service. If application is not processed within 21 days, a presumptive eligibility will be granted on the 22nd day until and unless the application is denied in writing. If approved, BARTA will issue a letter of approval. Anyone denied eligibility has the right to file an appeal with BARTA within 60 days of receiving a notice of denial.