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A newly-approved pilot program will provide older or disabled residents in San Pablo with an inexpensive shuttle ride to the Martinez hospital and medical offices.

The pilot, set to begin this month and run through June 30, 2025, is targeted at seniors over 50 years old and disabled adults from the 94806 zip code, according to city documents. The program was approved by City Council in December.

It aims to eliminate the need for residents to transfer between paratransit vehicles while en route to medical appointments at county medical offices and the hospital in Martinez.

The shuttle will run three days a week with three round trips per day for a fare of $5 one-way or $1 means-based fare for extremely low-income residents. Attendents will ride free.

The Paratransit Division of San Pablo’s Community Services Department will administer the pilot. The project is anticipated to cost about $170,824 and will be funded with Measure X and Measure J 28b funds.

The city will conduct outreach ahead of the start of the pilot program to provide more details to eligible residents.