Free COVID-19 Vaccination/Testing/Mask Pick-up Taxi Program

2022 NACo Achievement Award Winner

Montgomery County, Md., MD

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About the Program

Category: Transportation (Best in Category)

Year: 2022

Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) partnered with Taxicab companies operating in the County, Maryland to provide free roundtrip transportation for older adults 65+ and individuals with disabilities, to COVID-19 vaccination sites, testing locations and to pick up N95 masks. MCDOT pays the Taxicab companies for their services from a Metropolitan Washington Council of Government Enhanced Mobility for Older Adults and Individuals with Disabilities Grants (50%) and with County funds (50%). Our goal is to provide a no-cost transportation option to the at-risk communities we serve by proactively offering transportation assistance to ensure that the transportation disadvantaged residents, who are also at a higher risk of complications if they test positive for COVID, have this option available. MCDOT recognizes transportation is a common barrier to health care for older adults and people with disabilities, this initiative was launched to remove the financial and accessibility barriers for these targeted groups and ensure that we protect the health and safety of our residents, as we all work to end the pandemic. Having this free transportation service to receive COVID vaccinations, testing and pick-up free masks protect and saves the lives of our residents.