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Stand-by Trip Program


Need a trip to the Pharmacy? Grocery Shopping? Beauty Salon?

Ocean Ride offers “Stand-By Trip” service to seniors (age 60+) and/or adults with disabilities (age 18 and over). Some restrictions apply.

When calling to reserve your trip, you may find the day you want to travel is fully booked. In that case, you may be placed on a "Stand-By" list.

Ocean Ride will accommodate a limited number of “Stand-By Trips” based on our system availability.

To be placed on our "Stand By" for trips, call the main number at (732) 736-8989 and then Press #1 to speak to a Reservationist. You may call the day before you would like to travel (based on availability) and up to four (4) weeks in advance.

If we can accommodate your trip, you will be notified between 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM the morning of the trip. Again, this type of service is best suited for local shopping and other trip purposes that are flexible and do not require a specific appointment or time schedule.

All vehicles are wheelchair lift-equipped.

The “Stand-By Trip” is best suited for local food or pharmacy shopping, local visits to nursing homes, etc. We offer the “Stand-By Trip” option to fill in between regularly scheduled medical appointments. Quick Tip: Keep in mind that trip availability varies daily; each morning Ocean Ride determines the number of trip requests we can honor. At time of request, your trip is not guaranteed.

Ocean Ride Fares (all are round trip fares):

Stand-By Trips:$6.00 (Riders with Attendants each pay $6.00)
Discount Fare:$3.00 with valid PAAD* ID card. Call our Reservationists for more information. (Riders with Attendants each pay $3.00)

Do you qualify for a 50% PAAD Card travel discount?
*PAAD Card (Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged & Disabled)
To receive the discounted fare, a copy of your *PAAD Card must be on file with Ocean Ride. Please photocopy and mail us a copy to:

Ocean Ride
1959 Route 9, P.O. Box 2191
Toms River, NJ 08754-2191

To find out more information about the PAAD Card:
Call: 1-800-792-9745 or visit: www.state.nj.us/humanservices/doas/services/paad/

Riders will be billed via mail, the month after service. There is NO cash handling on-board vehicles!
Ocean Ride also operates numerous Bus Routes throughout Ocean County which can also help you meet your transportation needs.

Cancellation Hotline Number

On weekends and after 4:30 pm M-F, our CANCELLATION HOTLINE NUMBER is (732) 736-8989 and then Press * 100. If your plans change, please remember to call our office to cancel.

When calling after normal business hours, please use our 24 Hour Cancellation Hotline. Simply call (732) 736-8989, and then Press *100. Speak slowly and clearly, stating your name, date of trip being cancelled and your telephone number.

If you wish to cancel or confirm your same day trip during normal working hours, please call Dispatch (732) 736-8989, and Press 2.

Voluntary Donation Policy

The County of Ocean established a voluntary donation in order to comply with various grant-funding requirements. The suggested donation is $1.00 per one-way trip or $2.00 per round-trip for riders of the Ocean Ride (Reserve-A-Ride) service. Passengers may donate more or less, if so desired. Lack of giving a donation will, in no way affect one’s participation in the County transportation service. Recognizing that fares cover only a fair portion of actual transportation service cost, the donation policy provides a mechanism to accept additional revenue over and above fares.

For your convenience, a supply of postage paid, pre-addressed envelopes are available in each Ocean Ride vehicle which you may use to send a donation. Checks should be made payable to "Ocean County Treasurer". Drivers are instructed NOT to accept envelopes or cash donations.

Inclement Weather Policy:

For your safety during the winter months, Ocean Ride requires that you must have your driveway and/or path clear of snow and ice in order for our Drivers to safely pick you up at your door. You may also listen to the following radio stations for information: WOBM 1160 AM | WJRZ 100.1 FM | WOBM 92.7 FM

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American Disabilities Act (ADA) Policy

handicapped iconOcean Ride operates its programs and services without regard to race, color, or national origin in accordance with the American Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended. Any person who believes that she or he has been aggrieved by any unlawful discriminatory practice under the ADA may file a complaint in writing to Ocean Ride. To file a complaint, or for more information on Ocean Ride’s obligations under ADA write to: Ocean Ride, P.O. Box 2191, 1959 Route 9, Toms River, NJ 08754-2191.

Transportation services provided by this agency are in whole or part funded through federal funds received through NJ TRANSIT and as an individual you also have the right to file your complaint under ADA to both Ocean Ride as well as the U.S. Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Civil Rights Division Disability Rights Section – NYA, Washington, D.C. 20530. A complaint must be filed within 180 days of the alleged discrimination.

If information is needed in another language, contact (732) 736-8989, ext. #5919.

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Reasonable Modification Policy

The Ocean County Department of Transportation Services (Ocean Ride) will make a reasonable attempt to provide additional assistance requested by any passengers with disabilities so as long as the request does not present a direct threat of safety to the passenger(s) and/or the county employee and/or the request does not alter the fundamental transportation services provided by the County of Ocean.

To make a “Reasonable Modification” request, you must call a day in advance of travel and contact Ocean Ride at (732) 736-8989, Ext. 4.

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Non-Discrimination Policy Title VI Notice to Beneficiaries

Ocean Ride is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from, or denied the benefits of our services on the basis of race, color or national origin as protected by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended. Any person who believes that they have, individually, or as a member of any specific class of persons, been subjected to discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin, may file a complaint in writing to Ocean Ride.

To file a complaint, or for more information on Ocean Ride’s obligations under the Title VI call Ocean Ride at (732) 736-8989, ext. #5919 or write to Ocean Ride at 1959 Route 9, P.O. Box 2191, Toms River, NJ 08754-2191.



Transportation services provided by this agency are in whole or part funded through federal funds received through NJ TRANSIT and as an individual you also have the right to file your complaint under Title VI to the Federal Transit Administration, Office of Civil Rights, Attn: Title VI Program Coordinator, East Building, 5th Floor – TCR, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, Office of Civil Rights, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20590. A complaint must be filed within 180 days of the alleged discrimination. If information is needed in another language, contact (732) 736-8989, ext. #5919.

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