Starting Jan. 3, 2017, Walworth County residents will have a county-wide public transportation through a shared-ride taxi service, according to a news release from the Walworth County Transportation Coordinating Committee.
Since April 2014, the Walworth County Department of Health and Human Services contracted with VIP Services of Elkhorn to provide transportation services to residents 60 years and older, disabled adults and veterans.
The services were limited to non-medical appointments, dialysis appointments, senior dining center and grocery stores on limited days.
The new service will offer transportation to all county residents for any purpose.
Hours of operation will be from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, according to the release.
The service is available to all areas of the county, but will not provide in-town transportation in the City of Whitewater, which has its own shared-ride program. Whitewater residents, however, may use the service to travel to other Walworth County communities.
Individuals who reside in rural areas of county, however, will have transportation to the nearest community to their residence regarded as in-town transportation.
The basic fare for in-town transportation is $3.50 for adults and $2.50 for seniors, persons with disabilities and students.
VIP Services, Inc. of Elkhorn will provide vehicles, drivers and dispatch for the service after successfully meeting the County’s requirements during a procurement process.
Individuals desiring rides should call VIP at 262-723-4043, Extension 161after December 22 to reserve rides. While advance reservations are suggested, the service will provide rides without advanced reservations as well at the same phone number.
Further information regarding the program is available by contacting Walworth County Administration at 262-741-4357.
All Fares Shown are One-Way:
In town: Elderly/Disabled/Student $2.50
Regular Adult $3.50
Billed Fare $7
Next Community :
Regular Adult $5
Billed Fare $9
Next towns are defined as: Delavan to Elkhorn, Darien; Darien to Delavan, Walworth/Fontana; East Troy to Elkhorn; Elkhorn to Delavan, East Troy, Williams Bay; Genoa City to Lake Geneva, Pell Lake; Lake Geneva to Elkhorn, Genoa City, Lyons, Bloomfield, Williams Bay; Bloomfield to Genoa City and Lake Geneva; Sharon to Darien and Walworth/Fontana; Walworth/Fontana to Darien, Sharon, Williams Bay; Whitewater to La Grange, Richmond; Williams Bay to Elkhorn, Lake Geneva, Walworth/Fontana.
Walworth/Fontana is regarded as one community.
Mercy Walworth Medical Center is treated as a next-town trip from Delavan, Elkhorn and Williams Bay and an in-town trip for Lake Geneva.
Township residents trips are regarded as in-town to the nearest community listed above.
Any in-county trip not listed above:
Regular Adult $7.50
Billed Fare $12