Paratransit riders can ride public transit for free to and from their vaccine appointments starting Aug. 15, the city of Santa Maria says.
The decision is part of a temporary six month pilot program.
Santa Maria Area Transit riders who are on the paratransit eligibility list can get a free ride to one of the approved vaccine sites in the city.
Riders an call 805-928-5624 to schedule a reservation. Reservations can be made between one and 14 days in advance.
The city says that riders should let the reservation dispatcher know that their trip is for a vaccination.
Riders will need to book both "to" and "from" trips for round trip transportation.
The city asks for at least 2 hours' notice before cancellations to avoid infringing on the ADA's No-Show Policy.