WHAT WE DO
Dial-A-Bus is a non-profit program providing curb to curb transportation service to seniors over 60 years of age who are unable to use the Corvallis Transit System and to ADA certified disabled people of all ages.
We provide wheelchair accessible service 7 days a week.
Dial-A-Bus provides special transportation services to senior and disabled adults and underserved children and families in Benton and adjoining counties.
Our goal is to address the mobility concerns of senior and disabled individuals of Benton County and to ensure that service is available to all. We provide safe, reliable, low cost transportation so they may continue to maintain their independent lifestyle. Assisting seniors and people with disabilities with their transportation needs is a vital service in Benton County.
Dial-A-Bus program has been operating for over 40 years, first under the auspices of the Senior Citizens Council of Benton County, and eventually as a private non-profit organization. It began with one man driving his own vehicle and using his home phone to schedule rides. We have grown to 18 demand-response vehicles and 14 buses. Through our partnerships with Benton County and the City of Corvallis those vehicles are in service daily helping seniors and disabled persons maintain their independent lifestyles, thus, Dial-A-Bus is now an integral part of the Benton County Public Transportation Plan.
As our client base has grown we have expanded our service hours to meet the needs of the community. We now have evening and weekend service, the Corvallis-Albany Connection, the Coast to Valley Express/North by Northwest Connector, and the 99 Express service from Adair Village to Corvallis and now the Corvallis-Amtrak Connector in partnership with ODOT. Dial-A-Bus serves well over 1000 clients and provides more than 6000 rides per month. In 2016 alone, we provided over 75,000 rides. Our skilled dispatchers run state-of-the-art software to make the most efficient use of our volunteer’s time.
The culture of Dial-A-Bus is one of compassion and commitment and this is revealed daily through the appreciative feedback from our clients and their caregivers as we provide the link between the riders and their work, friends, family and services.
Our program is 90% volunteer based and these volunteer hours are a critical piece for the continuation of this low cost service as well as an important part of our revenue through matched government and private grants. Volunteers serve on our Board of Directors, drive regular or as-needed shifts and provide other services as needed for our operations.
From humble beginnings, Dial-A-Bus has become an intrinsic part of the lives of many of our Benton County neighbors. While we have grown in every year of our existence, we will always strive to maintain the spirit of service to the individual that gave birth to our Agency.
Remember: We will all be a senior one day!