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Alameda briefs: Subsidized taxi vouchers available

The city is offering subsidies on discounted taxi rides for seniors and people with disabilities, for whom the city provides two programs: The “Premium” and the “Medical Return Trip Improvement Program.”
Both programs offer subsidized taxi rides in either a traditional sedan, minivan or a lift-equipped vehicle.
Vouchers for the Premium program cost $1.50 each and are valued at $5 by the contracted taxi company, First American Transit, also known as Welcome Taxi.
The subsidy represents a 70 percent discount to enrolled riders, who can use the service for different types of trips, such as for shopping and medical appointments. The program is available to individuals who live in Alameda, are at least 70 years old or are enrolled with East Bay Paratransit.
The Medical Return Trip Improvement Program is available to Alameda residents who are enrolled with East Bay Paratransit. Vouchers for the program cost $2.50 each and provide a taxi ride home after a medical appointment anywhere in Alameda County. Individuals are limited to a maximum of 10 rides per month. Vouchers are sold on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9 a.m. and noon at Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave.
Both types of vouchers are valid for one year from the date of purchase, and only can be used within Alameda County. For information, visit
Parking restrictions to begin around ferry terminal
New parking restrictions will kick in Aug. 1 around the Harbor Bay ferry terminal.
For ferry riders, parking in adjacent residential neighborhoods will no longer be an option because those streets will be limited to four-hour parking without a permit.
The ferry’s 250-space parking lot with bike parking is available for riders. People can also take a free bus, AC Transit Line 21, to the terminal from a 50-space parking lot on Island Drive near Doolittle Drive to the ferry.
City officials are also encouraging people to bike, walk or use a private carpooling service. The City Council and local homeowner associations approved a residential permit parking program for the Headlands and Columbia areas on Feb. 21.
Enforcement of two-hour parking along Adelphian Way also will begin Aug. 1. Alameda police will issue parking tickets to motorists who do not obey the new restrictions.

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