| News |

Phoenix Begins Pilot Program Offering Taxi Vouchers to Seniors. Anything to Keep Them From Getting Behind the Wheel, Right?

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

There are few things more maddening than getting stuck behind some old person doing 35 miles per hour, and the City of Phoenix may have found a solution.

This week, the city launched a program called "Senior Cab," where it offers senior citizens vouchers for cab rides at a discounted rate.

The pilot program, which began yesterday, allows seniors the chance to buy $10 taxi-voucher booklets for 30 percent of their value -- so each $10 booklet will only cost three bucks. Participants in the program are only permitted to buy $12 worth of vouchers each month, which would allow them $40 worth of cab rides.

The program will run for 19 months and is funded by the City of Phoenix and New Freedom money from the Federal Transit Administration.

The Public Transit Department says the vouchers will work with any cab company in the Valley, and while the fare will be covered by the voucher, gratuity is the responsibility of the senior. In other words, Valley cab drivers should probably expect to start seeing an influx in tips coming in the form of shiny new nickels for the next 19 months.  

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.