FACT vehicles
FACT vehicles. Photo via @FACTSD1 Twitter

Linda Vista seniors are on their way to receiving low-cost transportation through a pilot program launched Tuesday by San Diego City Councilman Raul Campillo and community groups.

Facilitating Access to Coordinated Transportation, or FACT, provides the rides, which range from $2.50 for up to five-mile rides to $10 for rides longer than 20.1 miles.

Seniors can call 760-754-1252 or visit factsd.org for information.

Campillo announced the program with transportation advocates at the Bayside Community Center.

“I’m thrilled to officially launch this pilot program today which will make our communities safer, more equitable and more accessible for all,” Campillo said. “Not having access to a car should never be a burden to accessing basic necessities like groceries and prescriptions.”

FACT received financial resources from the San Diego Association of Governments and The San Diego Foundation.

“Councilmember Raul Campillo has truly been a partner with FACT in every sense, consistently supporting our mission of improving access to transportation for the people who need it most,” said George Gastil, chairman of the FACT Board of Directors. “We are honored to partner with Councilmember Campillo and his dedicated team in providing senior-friendly transportation that works best for residents of the Seventh District.”

Said Kim Heinle, CEO of the Bayside Community Center: “Advocacy is at the core of Bayside’s mission to empower its diverse community to improve its quality of life.”

“Through long-term, structural changes like bringing down the cost of door-to-door transportation alternatives that are senior-friendly, FACT and Councilmember Campillo are elevating the needs of some of our most vulnerable populations,” Heinle said.

City News Service contributed to this article.