PLEASANTON -- A paratransit shuttle program that helps seniors travel to medical appointments and shopping centers has added new features, improving passengers' options to get around the Tri-Valley area.

Pleasanton Paratransit Services provides door-to-door, shared transportation on weekdays for disabled adults and senior residents of Pleasanton and Sunol.

A 23-passenger bus takes passengers from their homes to medical appointments, as well as several local shopping destinations.

"It's an incredible program and the city has reason to be proud of it," said Raymond Figueroa, Pleasanton's senior center recreation coordinator. "It's great to have transit options and for seniors to know these services are available."

The paratransit program, known as PPS, recently added stops to its downtown shuttle route, including the Dollar Tree store, Walmart and the Pleasanton Gateway shopping center.

The downtown shuttle route, which has an all-day fare of $1.50, also has introduced a new free transfer program, in which paratransit passengers can transfer at no cost to Wheels system buses traveling throughout the Tri-Valley area.

Likewise, Wheels passengers who are seniors or disabled can transfer to the downtown shuttle for free, allowing them to visit stops not on the regular Wheels route.

"It gives passengers a greater scope in their travels," Figueroa said. "They can head out to farther destinations, not just Pleasanton. "

The service operates weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The last scheduled pick up is at 4:45 p.m. Rides must be scheduled at least two business days in advance, and can't be scheduled more than two weeks in advance.

For more information, visit http://bit.ly/18JhZ05 or call 925-931-5376.

Contact Chris De Benedetti at 510-353-7011. Follow him at Twitter.com/cdebenedetti.

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