DART Downtown Plano

Seniors and residents with disabilities can take advantage of the Collin County Rides program, which can connect to the Downtown Plano Station.

The Allen City Council last week voted to extend the Collin County Rides program for another three years, bringing Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) service to qualifying residents.

Collin County Rides is a subsidized taxi program for registrants who live in Allen, Fairview and Wylie. Enrollment is required and is open to residents over 65 or who have a qualified disability, according to DART.

Seniors age 65 and older and residents with disabilities receive $3 of taxi credits for every $1 they purchase, a city release states. They can use the credits to travel anywhere in Collin County between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. as long as either the origin or destination of the trip is within Allen, Fairview or Wylie.

Participants can also use the service to connect to the DART service area in Plano (Collin County only), as well as the Downtown Rowlett train station.

The average monthly cost for the city is $13,000, which is paid by the Allen Community Development Corporation.

Anyone interested in applying for the service may visit dart.org/ccr to register and upload documents to prove eligibility, print an application and mail in documentation, or call DART's Certification office at 214-828-6717 and DART will work with you to see if you qualify. Qualified disabilities include legally blind, deaf or profound hard of hearing, non-ambulatory without assistance or mechanical aid, and intellectual disability/intellectually disabled, among others. All disabilities must be certified.

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