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  DIAL-A-RIDE Fact Sheet  
  The Dial-a-Ride (DAR) program provides reliable and affordable transportation to Carson residents, who are at least 60 years old, or who are disabled adults 18 years of age or older. The service is available 24 hours a day; seven days a week, including holidays. The service is provided by taxicabs and two lift-equipped minivans.

Upon acceptance of your application, you receive a swipe card within 20 days of submitting your application. You may add value to your swipe card by simply completing the mail order form and sending it to the transportation office at the address listed below. Users can purchase a maximum of twenty trips a month. You may pay by check, Master Card, Visa, Amex or Discover. If you order by mail, be sure to include your DMV license or ID number, expiration date and phone number on your check and order form. Allow for 24 hours before your purchase is available to use on your card. 


Mail payments to:

City of Carson
Attn: Transportation Services Division
801 E. Carson Street
Carson, CA 90745

For your convenience, you may now purchase trips online.  Visit the Online Services area of the city website at and select Dial-A-Ride Online payment

Effective May 1, 2011
, the following changes was implemented:


  • The cost of a one-way trip increased from $1.00 to $2.00 per one-way trip.
  • Each one-way trip also now has a limited maximum value of $20.00 per one-way trip.
Registration Process
Eligible users must register ANNUALLY by providing proof of residency and age.

To become a Dial-A-Ride user, you must provide the following:
  1. A current California driver’s license OR identification card from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

  2. A current utility bill OR bank statement with your name and address on it. Make sure that your bill or statement is dated within two months of your application. The addresses on your DMV ID and your utility bill or bank statement must be the SAME address. If you are married, only one name needs to be on the bill. Property bills are unacceptable.
Disabled Clients
Individuals under the age of 60 must first undergo a medical evaluation by Access Services, Incorporated (ASI) before being approved as a DAR client. To obtain an Access Services information, please visit
  Service Parameters & Area  
  Eligible residents can travel within the city limits for any purpose including banking, shopping, recreational, social, educational and/or medical. Many participants use the service to go to the South Bay Pavilion as well as attend social and recreational events at the Juanita Millender McDonald Community Center.

Travel outside the city is limited to medical and social service appointments in Gardena, Harbor City, Lomita, Long Beach, San Pedro and Torrance. The DAR map indicates the service area and lists the 17 satellite points outside the City where participants can travel to and from.

To apply for the program, visit the transportation office located in the Community Center at 801 E. Carson Street, Carson, CA. the office is open Monday through Thursday, from 8 AM to 5 PM. The office is closed Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. If you have questions, please call (310) 835-0212, extension 1489.