Ride For Health Initiative
Free Transportation to Medical, Dental & Human Services Appointments
At FIT, we believe in connected, cohesive communities that encourage healthy, happy lifestyles. Through partnerships, advocacy and education, we believe in creating communities with inclusive transportation infrastructure, better mobility options and environmentally conscious commuters.
Since 2006, the Transportation Management Association of Chester County (TMACC) has partnered with the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation (PCHF) and the Pottstown Cab Company to manage the Ride for Health Initiative (RFHI. This is a last chance program for those with no car, no friend with a car, no access to paratransit, and the inability to use or great difficulty in using public transit.
The program works with local health and human service agencies to determine client eligibility, issues SEPTA Key cards for bus rides, and schedules taxi rides. Interest in the program is driven not only by the significant need by but also by the added benefit that both the agency and the client receive rides at no cost. A six-month evaluation, done by the Human Organization Science Institute at Villanova University, found the RFHI to be: innovative, well-run, continuously improving through effective processes and structures, cost efficient, highly-utilized, and meeting a basic health need. The Pottstown Cab Company provides rides at a somewhat lower than market rate. TMACC maintains program and fiscal oversight, including reimbursing the cab company. Ongoing funding is provided by the PCHF. A constantly- updated client user manual answers questions related to how the program works. Specifically, it addresses issues related to eligibility, destinations, no-shows, cancellations, family access and partner agencies. RFHI has gone from a pilot project providing only five rides per month to a responsive program annually providing over 1000 rides per year throughout the Phoenixville region. The current agency partner list has grown from 4 to 14 agencies. Interest in the program is driven not only by the significant need by also by the added benefit that both the agency and the client receive rides at no cost.
A six-month evaluation, done by the Human Organization Science Institute at Villanova University found the RFHI to be: innovative, well-run, continuously improving through effective processes and structures, cost efficient, highly-utilized, and meeting a basic health need.
Ride for Health Initiative Partners
Cancer Center at Phoenixville Hospital
Creative Health Services
Delaware Valley Accountable Core Org (DAVCO)
Family Services of Chester County
Fellowship Health Resources (FHR)
Good Samaritan Shelter
Health Care Access
Home of the Sparrow
Maternal and Child Health Consortium of Chester County
Open Door Ministry
Park Springs Apartments
Phoenixville Community Health Foundation (PCHF)
St. Mary’s Franciscan Shelter
The Lincoln Center for Youth & Families
RFHI is a last resort program for individuals who are not eligible for any other form of Medical Assistance Transportation through Rover or TransNet or who are on a transportation stipend and live in one of the following municipalities listed. Seniors over the age of 65 are also not eligible for RHFI as they are eligible for free transportation to healthcare through Rover's Senior Shared Ride Program.