Apply for RTS Access Service
To apply for Access Paratransit Eligibility, you must have a disability. Having a disability does not guarantee automatic eligibility. This service is intended to serve as a “safety net” for you if your disability prevents you from taking the ADA compliant RTS fixed route bus for some or all your travel. A specific diagnosis or use of mobility aid does not automatically qualify you as paratransit eligible.
RTS uses an in-person eligibility process for all new and returning customers except for customers seeking Temporary service only due to a short-term disability.
Step 1: Download the form
Click the link below to download an application and start the eligibility process.
New or Conditionally Eligible Customers recertifying
Solicitud para la certificación de elegibilidad para el paratránsito
All-Trip Renewal Form
Step 2: Complete your paper application
To apply for service, you must complete an application. Once you and your medical provider (if applicable) have completed the application, schedule your in-person eligibility appointment. Call our Eligibility Certification Department at 585-224-8330, press option 2.
Step 3: Come to your in-person appointment
Your in-person eligibility appointment will involve an interview and may include functional assessments consisting of specific skill observation or testing of your abilities or limitations. The assessments may be of physical, thinking, or navigational factors influencing your ability to use fixed-route public transportation.
You should bring the following to your in-person eligibility appointment:
- Your completed paratransit application with supporting documentation
- Your mobility device – if regularly used
- Any additional information related to your disability, and how it prevents your use of the RTS fixed-route system
Please dress for the weather as part of the assessment may be completed outside.
Step 4: Eligibility Notification
When you have completed your paperwork and attended your in-person visit, we will inform you of your eligibility status within 21 days.
RTS Access trips must begin and end within the service area as defined by the ADA. The RTS Access service area is ¾ of a mile beyond the RTS fixed-route bus service (this does not include Park and Ride or commuter services).
Questions? Please contact us.