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MCRide Dial-A-Ride

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How to Ride McHenry County Dial-A-Ride

MC Ride

What is MCRide? 

The dial-a-ride services in McHenry County have been combined into one coordinated service called MCRide. This has made it easier for suburban commuters and persons with disabilities to schedule and use dial-a-ride services in McHenry County, has improved access to jobs and job related activities, and has provided greater mobility to all individuals. This service receives a portion of its funding from the Federal Transit Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation through grants administered by the RTA.

For more detailed program information, check out the MCRide "How to Ride" Brochure (PDF) and Rider's Guide (PDF). Para Información de MCRide: Guia del Viajero a los MCRide Dial-a-Ride Servicio de Transporte.


Who Do I Call?

Call 800-451-4599 to Schedule a Ride. Select "McHenry County" from the automated prompt and a live person will help you to schedule a ride. Always make sure to schedule your return trip at the same time as your original trip.


When Can I Ride?

 Monday - Friday   6:00 AM - 7:00 PM 
 Saturday  9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
 Sunday  No Service 

How Much is a Ride?

MCRide's distance based fare structure means you pay a base fare for the first five miles plus $0.25 for each additional mile.

 ON APRIL 1, 2017 THE BASE FARE WILL BE INCREASED TO $2.50 FOR GENERAL PUBLIC AND $1.25 FOR SENIORS AND PEOPLE WITH A DISABILITY. EACH ADDITIONAL MILE WILL REMAIN AT $0.25

 Base Fare  First 5 Miles   Each Additional Mile 
 General Public  $2.00   $0.25
 Senior (60+)  $1.00   $0.25 
 Person with a Disability  $1.00   $0.25 

Example Fare

For example, a 7-mile one-way trip from Woodstock to Crystal Lake will cost $2.50.


Where Can I Ride? 

All individuals are eligible for travel to and from the following locations (green areas, do not need to be contiguous): 

  • City of Crystal Lake
  • City of Harvard
  • City of Marengo
  • City of McHenry
  • City of Woodstock
  • Village of Huntley (incl. Kane Co.)
  • Village of Johnsburg
  • Village of Ringwood
  • Marengo Township
  • Riley Township
  • Fox Lake Metra Station
  • Valley Hi Nursing Home
  • McHenry County Division of Transportation
  • Park-and-Ride in Lake in the Hills
  • Within three-quarters of a mile of:
    • Route 120 between Woodstock and McHenry
    • Route 14 between Woodstock and Crystal Lake
    • Route 31 between Crystal Lake and McHenry

Seniors (60+) and people with disabilities are eligible for trips to and from these additional locations (green and tan areas, do not need to be contiguous):

  • Dorr Township
  • Grafton Township 
  • Greenwood Township
  • Nunda Township
  • McHenry Township


What Else Should I Know?

  • Individuals 60 years and older are eligible for the senior fare.
  • Up to two children 7 years or younger can ride free per fare paying adult.   
  • Transfers will be allowed from the fixed bus routes only (routes 806, 807, 808, and 550 for example). 
  • Transfer cards will no longer be sold on the MCRide dial-a-ride service. Transfers will continue to be sold on the fixed bus routes.
  • Pace passes will not be accepted on MCRide.


Questions

  • To reserve a ride on this service call 800-451-4599 or (TTY) 888-847-0093, Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (for Saturday service only).  
  • For questions or comments about this service, call the McHenry County Division of Transportation at 815-334-4985. An online form is also available. Click here to access the online transit customer service form.
  • To sign up for periodic e-mail updates about this service, subscribe here.
  • Formal service compliments and complaints may be registered through Pace's Customer Relations at 800-606-1282 or (TTY) 847-364-5093.


Title VI Program Notice

No person in the United States shall on the ground of race, color, or national origin be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal Financial assistance. (42 USC 2000d)

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Asimismo se le informa que sus datos no podrán ser difundidos sin su consentimiento expreso, salvo las excepciones previstas en la Ley. Lo anterior, de conformidad con lo establecido mediante acuerdo Title VI de la Civil Rights (Título VI de los Derechos de Civiles) Act de 1964.

To file a Title VI complaint on the grounds of race, color, or national origin please download the following form and follow the instructions. The final MCRide Title VI Program can be found here, which includes the grievance and appeals process.

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