Waco Transit’s Demand Response Service offers door to door transportation anywhere within the coverage area (see map) for customers who are unable to embark or disembark from the Fixed Route System due to a disability. Transportation service is provided by ADA accessible high-floor vans. All operators are trained to provide minimal assistance. Operators are not trained to provide medical assistance.
PLEASE NOTE THAT WACO TRANSIT'S POLICY DOES NOT ALLOW AN OPERATOR TO LOSE VISUAL CONTACT WITH THE WACO TRANSIT DEMAND RESPONSE VEHICLE AT ANY TIME, FOR ANY REASON.
Waco Transit's Demand Response Service hours:
Weekdays- 5:15 a.m.-7:15 p.m.
Saturdays- 6:15 a.m. - 8:15 p.m.
Service is provided Monday through Saturday throughout the year, except for the following observed holidays.
You may schedule your trip by calling the scheduling center the day before at (254) 750-1621 or 1-800-877-RIDE (7433).
Currently there is no Sunday service.
*Service is only provided inside the service area as defined by the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The area is defined as an area within 3/4 of a mile on either side of a fixed route service, or up to an additional 3/4 mile to the nearest landmark (see map).
Waco Transit utilizes the certification criteria as established in the ADA, as listed below:
The application must be legible and properly completed. Also, the applicant must sign that the information given is correct and sign the release of information form which is included in the application. A health care provider familiar with applicant's condition must complete the attached physician form.
After the completed application is received, a Waco Transit staff member will notify the applicant of the findings.
Waco Transit will determine eligibility status of a passenger based on the information provided during the eligibility process. A person may be determined to be ADA-eligible, temporarily ADA-eligible, or conditionally ADA-eligible on certain trips. Following the determination by Waco Transit, the applicant will be notified of the findings. If the applicant disagrees with the findings, he/she may make a written request for an appeal of the decision. The appeal procedures will be sent to the applicant along with the determination of eligibility.
Waco Transit will renew certification of all ADA-eligible passengers every two (2) years.
When scheduling your trip, please have the following information ready:
A Subscription trip is an ongoing, regular scheduled reservation (for example, to work, dialysis, physical therapy, church, etc.). It is useful to schedule a subscription trip if you go to the same place one or more days each week. Subscription trips allow you to schedule all of your trips with one phone call. Subscription trips may be requested once your eligibility has been approved. Please call our scheduling center during normal business hours to request a subscription trip. Subscription service is on a space available basis.
A request for a trip on the day that you wish to travel will be accommodated on a space/time available basis. For best results, call the scheduling center at least 2 hours before you need a ride. There are very limited openings for rides scheduled on the same day of service.
You will receive an approximate time for your pick up. This time is only an approximation. The driver may arrive up to fifteen (15) minutes before or after this time, and be considered on time for your trip. Please be ready to go and be waiting in a place where you can hear or see the vehicle arrive. Drivers are not allowed to go into residence or other facilities to look for passengers. To avoid delaying other passengers, drivers can only wait five (5) minutes before proceeding on their route. Please have your DRS picture ID and fare available to show the driver when you are picked up.
The DRS van requires an obstruction-free approach and sufficient turn-around area for its vehicles. Under some conditions, our policy of door-to-door service will not be available to passengers. Alternate pick-up and drop-off locations may be established because of obstructed driveways, turnarounds, or other safety concerns.
Transit Advisory Board (TAB) establishes the fare for the Demand Response Service. You must pay your fare by cash or a ticket. Clients may purchase ADA Booklets, which are available for sale at our local office, located at 301 South 8th St. or from our DRS operators.
All fares must be paid at the beginning of each trip. Passengers must pay the fare in exact change. The operator will not accept checks unless the check is for payment of a $20.00 booklet. Operators will not make change.
A personal care attendant (PCA) is someone who travels with you to provide any assistance you may need. Your PCA rides for free and must board and de-board at the same location as you. Your PCA may also meet you at both ends of your trip. A client can invite one guest to travel with him or her, and other guest will be permitted on a space available basis.
Please inform the customer service representative, each time you make a reservation, that a guest will accompany you. Be sure to mention if your guest will be using a mobility aid (i.e., wheelchair, walker, or oxygen). This will ensure sufficient room on the van.
Please note that if a passenger cannot be left alone at a destination, or if the passenger must be under constant care or supervision, Waco Transit may require the passenger to travel with a PCA. Waco Transit is unable to alter or modify procedures or policies in order to provide specialized services to passengers who need services beyond the minimum assistance guidelines. Waco Transit will not be responsible for clients that cannot be left alone at their destination without care or supervision.
Operators will utilize the following guidelines concerning a person’s failure to meet the Waco Transit van:
A trip cancelled from three (3) hour up until the scheduled time will be recorded as a late cancellation. An individual is allowed one (1) no-show per calendar month without penalty.
A trip cancelled from three (3) hour before the scheduled time will be recorded as an advance cancellation, and will not be penalized.
A pattern of excessive no-shows may result in service suspension. A pattern of missed trips are considered excessive when an individual reserves seven (7) or more trips within any month and no-shows/and or late cancels 40 percent or more of those scheduled trips. This will be considered a “pattern or practice” of missed trips and violation of the No-show policy.
Customers incurring excessive missed trips as defined above are subject to suspension for a reasonable period of time. Repeated violations of this policy will cause the length of suspension to be increased. The following suspension periods shall apply to violations of this Policy that occur within the same rolling 12 month period.
1st Suspension 1 Month period
2nd Suspension 2 Month period
3rd Suspension 3 Month period
4th Suspension 6 Month period
Waco Transit reserves the right to suspend clients for longer periods or permanently for patterns of excessive no-shows beyond established guidelines.
Pets and service animals are welcome to ride the DRS van. Please tell us that a service animal will accompany you when you request your ride, because of the size of the van, other animals are not allowed. Passengers using a service animal or bringing a pet onboard are responsible for the animal and may be held liable for the behavior and actions of the animal. Pets and service animals regardless of training or certification may be denied transportation if the animal is out of control and you do not take effective action to control it or whose behavior poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others.
Carry on items-operators can only assist you with the amount of packages that can be easily loaded onto a vehicle in one trip and be comfortably stowed/held in the client's lap. For those in wheelchairs or motorized scooters the same basic rules apply; load in one trip and maintain all items within the wheelchair or motorized device. Large unsecured packages, such as grocery bags may create a hazard both for passengers and operator. Please understand that carry-on packages are still allowed onboard the DRS vehicles but it is important that reasonable limits be placed on their size and quantity.
Lost and found articles left on vehicles can be claimed by calling Waco Transit at (254-750-1613) or by visiting our office at 301 South 8th st. Monday thru Saturday 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Inquiries about lost items should be made the day after the item was lost. Please call before picking up items.
Inclement weather service will be limited and possibly canceled when adverse weather creates conditions hazardous for passengers, operators and vehicles. You will be contacted by the Waco Transit Scheduling Center when service is cancelled due to severe snow, ice, or other inclement weather.
Seat belts and wheelchair straps Waco Transit utilizes straps to secure wheelchairs, scooters, or other mobility aids. The vehicles are designed to utilize four (4) straps: two in the front and two in the back. All four straps must be secured to the mobility device prior to moving the vans. Waco Transit provides seatbelts for all passengers. Waco Transit's policy requires that all passengers utilize them for their own safety as well as the safety of other passengers.
Your comments are welcome- Waco Transit values your comments, complaints and suggestions. You can mail your suggestions to Waco Transit at 301 South 8th St. Waco TX. 76708, or call our comment line at (254) 750-TIPS (8477).