Senior woman with phone in the car

"During five years of operations, NVC volunteers and transportation staff have put forth distinguished effort to advocate, facilitate and coordinate accommodating safe transportation resources for riders"

In addition to various programs already offered, Northwest Valley Connect has launched yet another alternative transit option for West Valley residents.

The service, “Taxi Connect Easy,” is available of seniors, ages 65 and older; veterans; and disabled persons who like the convenience of using Uber or Lyft for same-day services or advance requests.

The benefit to riders is the offering of NVC Transportation Manager’s know-how while scheduling a Lyft or Uber ride, monitoring the trip and assuring safety for the service. The service costs $4 per trip. As Lyft charges approximately $10 for five miles, this means NVC would charge $4 above Lyft.

During five years of operations, NVC volunteers and transportation staff have put forth distinguished effort to advocate, facilitate and coordinate accommodating safe transportation resources for riders, thereby promoting quality of life among residents seeking transit services.

Transportation provides a vital lifeline for people without access to transport. Limited access to public transportation in the West Valley is well-documented, causing a burden for residents dependent on fragmented services such as Dial-a-Ride/Ride Choice, taxies, Lyft, Uber and NVC Volunteer Ride-Connect.

The following programs are offered by NVC:

• NVC Mobility Volunteer arranges alternative services to public transit. Volunteers make every attempt in response to ride requests through the Call-Click-Connect Mobility Center. The center helps people identify available options for their transit needs.

• NVC Ride-Connect is a free volunteer driver program that offers rides and door-through-door services to seniors when there are no available services to meet the need.

• NVC Group-Connect is for social trips for seniors. It provides group trips to malls, movies, games and other social outings. Charging riders a round-trip price that may be as low as $10.

• Taxi Connect Free is a low-income (free) program for those who qualify by living in Sun City West and are under 150% of the poverty level.

NVC continues to grow as a result of value in the transportation culture of residents seeking transit mobility while attending to health service appointments, grocery shopping and social events. NVC services are designed to sustain and enhance lifestyles for individuals and communities.

Northwest Valley Connect regards transportation services as a community’s “pay forward,” which allows residents, especially those with disabilities, the option to move about independently.

For more information on services, donation opportunities and volunteer openings, call 623-282-9303 or email Kathryn Chandler at kchandler@northwestvalleyconnect.org.