McHenry County’s popular MCRide service may be coming to Cary.
MCRide is a program which enables seniors, disabled, or other resident an affordable and flexible transportation option.
Cary has long been a gap in coverage and this addition would enable seamless coverage along Rt 14.
Trustees Kim Covelli and Jim Cosler have pitched the program for Cary’s upcoming budget meeting.
Covelli said, “This is more than a senior ride program, it benefits the whole community.”
MCRide began by combining multiple local dial-a-ride services into a coordinated program.
Its fee structure benefits seniors and those with disabilities by offering rides within five miles for only $1.50.
Other community residents pay a slightly higher rate.
The program receives a portion of its funding from the Federal Transit Administration, yet to participate Cary will need to kick in around $25,000 per year.
When asked, Cosler commented “it’s a comprehensive program which is badly needed in our community.
“The senior population loves it, but it truly serves the whole population”.
Cary has struggled with budget issues in the past and both Cosler and Covelli have been resistant of new expenses.
When pressed on the budgetary component, both expressed optimism about the real value this spend brings to the community.