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Accessibility F.A.Q.

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Where Does SunBus Go?

SunBus is a system of 15 public bus routes that link the valley from Desert Hot Springs in the northwest to North Shore in the southeast. Line 111 is the major trunk line that extends east and west along Highway 111. Please refer to current schedules for route information. All buses are wheelchair accessible and can accommodate two wheelchair spaces per bus.

 

 

Where Does SunDial Go?

SunDial provides on-demand curb-to-curb paratransit service to qualifying clients within 3⁄4 of a mile on either side of SunBus fixed-routes. ADA Paratransit service is not provided to the Line 95 service area. In the Line 95 (North Shore) service area Sunline Transit Agency operates on a deviated fixed route basis so that all persons including persons with disabilities and limited mobility are able to travel on the bus. This means that buses operate along a fixed route and follow a set schedule. Buses can deviate up to 3⁄4 of a mile either side from their set route in the North shore area if a rider makes a request. After deviating from the route, buses return to the same point and continue their run. Passengers must call and request this service the day before service is desired in the area. Call 1-866-311-7433 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. no later than the day prior to day of travel. 

 

When Does SunBus & SunDial Operate?

SunBus and SunDial operate every day of the year, except for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. SunDial service hours mirror SunBus fixed-route hours except for the Line 95 where the local bus deviates and the Commuter Link 220. These hours will vary by route. 

 

If I Am Not Able to Ride SunBus, How Do I Qualify for SunDial?

All persons requesting ADA certification must complete an application and provide the necessary documentation to determine eligibility. Eligibility decisions are made within 21 days of receipt of the completed application. SunLine will provide presumptive eligibility for applications not processed within 21 days of receipt. Applicant will be able to schedule and use SunDial beginning on the 22nd day until such time that a written determination is issued. Applications are available at the SunLine Transit Agency office in Thousand Palms, via mail by calling Customer Service at 1-800-347-8628 or online at sunline.org.

Eligibility is not based solely on physical disability. Consideration is given to whether and how the disability impairs an individual’s mobility. Under the ADA, a disability alone does not automatically qualify a person to use SunDial Complementary ADA Paratransit Service. A person who lives within 3⁄4-mile of a fixed-route must be functionally unable to get to or use the fixed-route bus service to qualify to use the SunDial ADA Paratransit Service.

Complimentary ADA Paratransit Service is provided to the following three general groups of persons with disabilities:

  1. Persons who have specific impairment-related conditions which make it impossible (not just difficult) to travel to or from the bus stop.

  2. Persons who need a wheelchair lift or ramp and a wheelchair lift-equipped vehicle/bus is unable to deploy its lift/ramp in a particular location due to physical constraints of that particular bus stop.

  3. Persons who are unable to board, ride, exit or otherwise navigate the fixed-route bus system, even if they are able to get to a bus stop.

Your ADA card may indicate you have CONDITIONAL, UNCONDITIONAL or TEMPORARY eligibility.

  • Conditional means you can use SunDial only under specific conditions. Clients not complying with their eligibility restriction may be subject to review and possible suspension or a change in their eligibility status.

  • Unconditional means you have unlimited access to SunDial. This does not restrict you from using SunBus. ADA qualification also allows you to pay half-fare on SunBus.

  • Temporary means you are eligible for SunDial service on a temporary basis.

 

How Do I Make My SunDial Reservation?

Once your reservation is made, request a confirmation number and the Reservationist's name. If you are on hold, do not hang up. Calls are answered in the order they are received. 

Call SunDial Reservations at 1-866-311-7433, seven days a week between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Be prepared to provide the Reservationist with the following information:

  1. Your first and last name

  2. Your ADA ID number

  3. Your home address

  4. Your home and cell phone numbers

  5. Your exact pick-up location (example: 123 Your Street)

  6. A telephone number at your pick-up location

  7. Your exact drop-off location (example: 456 Destination Street)

  8. Your requested pick-up time

  9. Your mobility device and type (wheelchair, scooter, etc.)

  10. If you are traveling with a PCA or companion 

How Far In Advance May I Call To Schedule A Ride?

You may request a ride up to 7 days before your desired pick-up date and time. 

 

May I Request A One-Way Trip?

Yes. You may make a one-way trip reservation. However, should you need a return trip without a reservation you will have to wait until a vehicle is available to pick you up. This may take several hours from the time you call before the vehicle arrives.

 

When Will I Be Picked Up?

The vehicle may arrive up to 20 minutes before to 20 minutes after your scheduled pick-up time. If you are not at the pick-up point within 5 minutes of vehicle arrival, the operator may leave without you. The vehicle is not considered late until 20 minutes after your assigned pick- up time. 

 

How Do I Negotiate A Pick-Up Time?

You may request a pick-up for anytime during regular SunBus operating hours for the areas you are traveling. If you have to be at a specific location at a specific time, give that information to the Reservationist. Always allow extra time on both your pick-up and return trip. If your requested pick-up time is not available, the Reservationist may offer a pick-up time up to one hour before or one hour after your request. 

 

What or Who May I Bring With Me?
Personal Care Attendant (PCA)

A Personal Care Attendant may travel with you free of charge. They must be traveling with you to help with specific tasks, not to just keep you company. They must also be traveling with you from your point of origin and going to your destinations. Notify the Reservationist of their presence when scheduling your ride.

Companion

You may (if space is available) travel with up to two companions, who will be charged the applicable fee.

Children

If your child uses SunDial and is five (5) years or younger, an adult must accompany the child. Please be sure to inform the Reservationist when scheduling a trip that a child client will be traveling with an attendant. All eligible clients, regardless of age, must pay the fare. Children, four (4) years or younger, traveling as companions of eligible clients, ride free.

It is the responsibility of the parent or companion to secure children in safety seats as required by California law. SunDial does not provide child safety seats. Additionally, infants or small children must be held on your lap, when using fixed-route service. Strollers must be folded and clear of the aisle.

Service Animals and Pets

Always inform the SunDial Reservationist if you are traveling with a service animal. As a courtesy, bring a towel or blanket for your service animal to lay on. Non-service animals may travel on SunDial if they are in a properly secured cage or container and do not jeopardize the health or safety of other clients or the operator.

REMINDER: Please be considerate of clients who may be fearful of dogs or other animals. You may be required to remove the animal if the animal’s behavior poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others, or if the animal is out of your control.

Mobility Aids

In order to send the proper vehicle to accommodate your needs, SunDial Reservations must be informed of any personal mobility devices you may be using while traveling. A description of the device you use should be a part of your SunDial client record. If you change devices, please immediately notify SunDial staff.

Carry Ons

Customers are permitted to carry on three medium-sized packages or grocery bags that they are able to manage independently without the assistance of the driver. Due to space limitations and the time it takes to board the vehicle, the number of shopping bags is restricted to those that can be easily handled by the client without delaying the vehicle. Clients and companions may not transport items that may be hazardous to themselves, the operator or other clients. 

 

How Much Will My Ride Cost?

Your fare is based on the distance you travel. The Reservationist will tell you the fare at the time you schedule your trip. Please call for reservations at 1-866-311-7433.

Travel Within One City: $1.50 Travel Within Multiple Cities: $2.00 

 

Where Should I Wait For The Vehicle?

The SunDial driver will pick you up at the curb of a public street, in front or – or as close as possible to your house, building or other designated pick up location that is safe. Door-to- door/origin to destination service is available for riders with disabilities requiring enhanced assistance. Requests for enhanced assistance MUST be made at the time of booking your trip. Please watch for the vehicle, as the driver will wait no more than 5 minutes for you to come out for your ride. SunDial drivers are not permitted to enter private driveways. 

 

How Do I Board The Vehicle?

Bus Operators must provide assistance to clients getting on and off the vehicles. SunLine makes every attempt to accommodate wheelchairs, scooters or other personal mobility devices. These devices must be no more than 30 inches wide, 48 inches long and 600 pounds in total weight (including your weight). Mobility devices larger than this may be denied service aboard SunLine vehicles, due to safety and liability concerns. 

 

Wheelchair and Mobility Device Securement

Federal and State Law requires all SunDial clients use securement (seatbelt and shoulder harness) devices while being transported on all vehicles. The operator will ensure that all clients are secured prior to transporting and will assist with securement and removal of these devices. SunLine is very concerned for your safety. SunLine will make every attempt to accommodate all wheelchairs, scooters and/or other personal mobility devices, as long as the device fits on the lift or ramp, can be safely loaded and does not exceed the safe weight limits of lift or ramp given by the manufacturer.

 

What Are The Rules of Conduct?

SunLine rules of conduct ensure the safety and comfort of all clients and operators:

  • Clients must use seatbelts provided in all vehicles.

  • Smoking and eating are not allowed on SunDial and SunBus vehicles. Non-alcoholic beverages in sports bottles or other securely closed containers ONLY.

  • Clients must maintain acceptable standards of personal hygiene. Shoes and shirts must be worn at all times.

  • Hold infants or small children on your lap on fixed-route service. Infants and small children must be secured in approved child safety seats on SunDial service. Strollers must be folded and clear of the aisle.

  • Pets (except for service animals) must be in cages.

  • Keep feet and carry-on items out of the aisle.

  • Cellphones, Radios, CD players or other sound equipment must be turned off or headphones used as a courtesy to other riders and to prevent distracting the driver.

  • Abusive or obscene language or actions are prohibited.

  • Riding while under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs is prohibited.

  • Weapons and firearms are strictly prohibited.

 

What If I Miss My Scheduled Pick-Up?

Always confirm the exact location where you want to be picked up to avoid missing your ride. When you schedule a trip and fail to use the service without proper cancellation, you are considered a "No-Show." SunLine Transit Agency reserves the right to suspend service for clients who have repeated No-Shows. Clients have the right to appeal all suspensions within 30 days of notice. For an explanation of the appeals process and an appeal form, please call Customer Service at 1-800-347-8628.

 

What If My Ride Is Late?

If your ride is later than 20 minutes past your pick-up time, please call SunDial Reservations. Our staff is dedicated to helping SunDial clients with immediate service needs, including ensuring no one is stranded away from home.

 

How Do I Cancel or Change My Reservation?

If you cannot take a scheduled trip, call SunDial Reservations immediately and cancel your ride. Trips not canceled at least two hours before the scheduled pick-up time, will be considered a No-Show. If you need to change any part of your reservation (for example: your destination, your return pick-up time or place), you must confirm the change with a SunDial Reservationist. Operators are directed to follow their assigned travel schedules.

 

What Information Does SunDial Need On File?

In order to provide you with the best service possible, please be sure to keep all of your permanent information up to date. Immediately notify Customer Service, at 1-800-347-8628, if you change your:

  • Name
  • Home address or mailing address
  • Home and cell phone numbers
  • Mobility device 

 

Lost & Found

SunLine is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items. If you leave an item on a SunLine vehicle, call 1-800-347-8628 to report it. SunLine will notify you if the item is located. You may schedule a ride at normal fare to pick up the item at our administrative offices in Thousand Palms. Lost and found items are disposed of after 90 days. 

 

Other ADA Provisions

SunLine certified ADA clients are also eligible for Dial-a-Ride service while visiting other areas. You may ride for a total of 21 service days per year in other areas you travel. (Longer periods require you to qualify with these agencies.) Please call the service provider in the area you will be visiting to make arrangements.

The Access Advisory Committee is comprised of community members to assist SunLine in providing and expanding innovative public transit services to the Coachella Valley. For more information, call 1- 800-347-8628.

 

Reasonable Modification

SunLine Transit Agency (SunLine) is committed to providing high quality transportation services that are safe, efficient and effective to its customers. SunLine is committed to making reasonable modifications to its policies, practices and procedures to avoid discrimination and ensure programs and services are accessible to individuals with disabilities. Requests for modifications can be made by calling SunLine at 760-343-3456 or 800-347-8628. You can also e-mail rmcoordinator@sunline.org.

SunDial Reservations

1-866-311-7433

Hours
7 days a week - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SunLine Transit Agency 32-505 Harry Oliver Trail Thousand Palms, CA 92276

sunline.org

 

SunLine Transit Agency Travel Training

Travel Training is available for customers who need assistance using The Coachella Valley bus system. Training is provided by a professional instructor at no cost, and all training is tailored to the individual customer’s particular needs. With Travel Training instruction, some disabled customers may be able to learn how to use accessible buses. Please call SunLine at 800-347-8628 for more information about Travel Training.

 

Riding Tips

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How Do I Ride SunLine?
  1. Plan your trip. The system map and bus schedules are available to download and print. For additional information, call Customer Service (1-800-347-8628) and a friendly Representative will assist you in planning your trip, and answer questions you may have regarding riding the bus.
  2. 80 IndioWait for the bus. It is best to be at the bus stop a few minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. Check the bus stop schedule to be sure that the bus serves the stop and that it is traveling in the direction you want to go.
  3. As the bus approaches, wave to the Operator. This gives the Operator enough time to stop safely and avoid passing you.
  4. Board the bus. Before getting on the bus, verify the route number by checking the sign on the front or side of the bus. Let passengers get off the bus before you board.
  5. To make boarding easier, every SunBus is equipped with lifts or ramps for people who have trouble climbing stairs or use a wheelchair.
  6. Pay your fare. Please have your exact fare ready before boarding the bus. Operators do not make change.
  7. For passenger convenience, a Day Pass can be purchased from the farebox. This pass allows unlimited rides for one full day! Transfers are also purchased from the farebox. A transfer is good for two hours of unlimited rides in any direction. You can also ride the bus using a 10-Ride Pass or 31-Day Pass.
  8. Take a seat. The seats nearest the driver are designated for seniors or the disabled. If you choose to sit in these seats and are not a senior or disabled be prepared to move if needed. For your safety, always remain seated or hold onto the poles when the bus is moving.
  9. Get off the bus. Pull the yellow cord above the window or push the vertical strip on the side of the window to signal the bus operator that you want to get off at the next bus stop. Major intersections and transfer locations are automatically announced.
Do You Have Any Tips?

Arrive at the stop early. It's best to arrive at your bus stop at least 10 minutes ahead of time. Keep in mind that more than one bus route might service the bus stop where you are waiting. Always read the bus headsign before boarding.

Have exact fare. You can use coins and/or dollar bills, but our fareboxes can't make change. Of course, if you have a pass, you can just swipe it. NOTE: Pennies are NOT accepted.

Organize your cash. Try to use quarters instead of small coins, and be sure to flatten out dollar bills, including corners, before you insert them into the farebox. If you are using a designated Senior/Disabled pass, have your reduced fare ID verification ready to show the driver when you get on the bus.

Purchase a pass. If you plan on using the bus all day, you can buy a day pass from the coach operator. If you are paying a reduced fare, you will need to show proper identification to the coach operator. Review the reduced fares section for more details.

Kids age 5 and under. Kids five and under ride free with a fare-paying customer. Limit: three kids per cash paying customer.

Use the front door. Always board through the front door. All SunLine buses are accessible to persons with disabilities.

Signal the driver. When the bus approaches your stop, pull the signal cord or ring the bus chime to notify the coach operator. Wait for the bus to come to a complete stop, then exit through the rear door. 

How Do I Use the Farebox & Passes

Cash Pass

CASH FARE: PAY AND RIDE

Once onboard the bus, deposit your cash fare in the farebox, one dollar or one coin at a time. The Operators do not make change and there are no refunds. Please have exact change ready before boarding the bus.

 


Farebox Pass

USING THE PASS PURCHASED FROM THE FAREBOX

This next part describes how and when to “SWIPE” a pass and when to “DIP” a pass.

Day Pass: Pay, collect your pass and ride – “SWIPE” all other rides that day.

Transfer: Pay upon boarding, collect your transfer and ride – “SWIPE” other rides in a 2 hour period.

 


Outlet Pass

USING THE PASS PURCHASED FROM PASS OUTLET OR SUNLINE

31-Day Pass: “DIP” for the first ride – “SWIPE” all other rides during 31 consecutive days.

10-Ride Pass: “DIP” for each 10 rides.

Day Pass: “DIP” for the first ride – “SWIPE” all other rides that day.

 


REMEMBER...

  • Drop coins in the coin slot one at a time to avoid jamming the fareboxes. 
  • The farebox will beep when a cash fare or a pass is accepted. 
  • The farebox will say “coin not accepted” if a coin inserted was not accepted. 
  • If you hear a WARBLE sound, it means the farebox was unable to read a dollar bill that was inserted in the dollar bill slot. If the farebox WARBLES again, it means you must insert a different dollar bill. 
  • If a pass or transfer has expired, the farebox will say “card not valid” or “transfer not valid”. 
  • A Day Pass bought from the farebox is already activated and does not need to be dipped into the farebox. It must be swiped for each ride that day. 
  • A Day Pass or 31-Day Pass purchased from a Pass Outlet or SunLine must be dipped in the farebox to activate then swiped for each use. 
  • A 10-Ride Pass must be dipped in the farebox each time it is used. After the tenth (10th) ride, the pass will no longer be valid and will not be accepted. Purchase a 25¢ transfer when boarding if more than one route is needed to complete the trip. 
  • Always take care of your passes and transfers. Remember, do not wet, wrinkle, crinkle, fold, laminate, write on, tear or expose them to the sun as the farebox will not accept them. If pass or transfer is not accepted, a cash fare must be paid to ride the bus.

 

Taxi Services F.A.Q.

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What do I have to do to get a taxi cab permit?

You must obtain an intent to hire from a cab company first.

Once you have the Intent to Hire, call the SunLine Regulatory Administration to set up an appointment.  Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m..

When coming in for your appointment, you must have the following items with you:

  • Driver's License
  • 10 year DMV print out (new applicants only)
  • Intent to Hire
  • $50 in cash or credit card for payment of the permit
I am a customer and feel that my ride was unusually long. What do I do?

Obtain the name of the cab company and the driver who provided service to you.  If possible, make a note of the cab number and the time in which the cab was used.

Call the SunLine Regulatory customer service number to make a report about your ride.  Customer service can be reached from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST. at 1-800-347-8628.

How often are cabs inspected for safety?

Cabs must pass a yearly inspection by an ASE certified mechanic. Additionally, cabs are subject to random inspections by a SunLine Regulatory Administration Inspector at any time they are available for hire.

Are taxi fees negotiable?

Absolutely.  If you expect to use a taxi service and want to negotiate a rate with the driver, most drivers will accept a negotiated fare.

Is there training for cab drivers?

Most cab companies offer training to their drivers once hired.  Training varies from company to company.

Who qualifies for the Taxi Voucher Program?
  • Seniors 60 years or older
  • Persons with Disabilities
How do I apply for the Taxi Voucher Program?

IN PERSON: Bring a completed Taxi Voucher Program Application to our Administrative Office located at
32-505 Harry Oliver Trail, Thousand Palms, CA, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You must bring current proof of age or disability. Your photo will be taken.

EMAIL: Submit the completed Taxi Voucher Program Application along with current proof of age or disability and a color photo to  crobin@sunline.org

MAIL: Mail the completed Taxi Voucher Program Application to SunLine Transit Agency 32-505 Harry Oliver Trail, Thousand Palms CA 92276.  Please include current proof of age or disability and a color photo. 

For more information call 1-760-343-3456.

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What documents do I need to provide to qualify for the Taxi Voucher Program?

Proof of Age or Disability

Seniors 60 years or older need one of the following:

  • Department of Motor Vehicle Driver’s license or Senior I.D. Card
  • Current (not expired) government-issued photo identification verifying birth date
  • SunLine Half-fare I.D. Card

Disabled applicants need one of the following:

  • Current (not expired) government-issued photo identification verifying birth date
  • Medicare Card
  • SunLine ADA Certification Card
  • SunLine Half-Fare I.D.
  • SSI Award Letter
  • SSDI Award Letter
  • Veterans Administration Letter for minimum 50% disability
  • Physician Verification of Disability Form* completed by physician
When can I begin to use the Program?

Once you are approved for the Program SunLine will mail you the Taxi Smart Card.

You must then load value to the card.  It is not a credit card.  Up to $75.00 can be added every 30 days.  SunLine then doubles the value on your Smart Card, thereby providing you half fare taxi rides up to $150.00 per 30 day period. Maximum balance allowed on a card at any time is $ 450.00.

How do I add value to my Smart Card?

You can add value to the Smart Card by phone, 760-343-3456, with Visa/Mastercard or by mailing a check or money order to the address below. You can also pay cash in person at that same address. Allow 7 to 10 working days to receive the value on your Taxi Smart Card.  Please do not send cash.  Be sure to include your name, return address and telephone number.

SunLine Transit Agency
32-505 Harry Oliver Trail
Thousand Palms, CA 92276

What taxi company will accept the Taxi Smart Card?

Your Taxi Smart Card is accepted by all three Coachella Valley taxicab franchises; American Cab, Desert City Cab and Yellow Cab of the Desert.

How do I pay the taxicab Driver?

Taxis are equipped with a reader to accept the Smart Card. Swipe your Smart Card to pay your fare.

How do I tip the taxicab driver?

A standard tip is paid in cash. Taxi Smart Cards cannot be used for tips.

Is there an expiration date for the value on the Smart Card?

No.

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