Application Process for Open Door, ADA Paratransit Service
Thank you for your interest in applying for eligibility for IndyGo’s ADA paratransit service, Open Door. In order to use the service, applicants must apply and be found eligible. The guidelines established by the Americans with Disabilities Act is specific with regard to whom and under what circumstances eligibility may be granted. Eligibility is based not only on the presence of a disability or the use of a mobility aid, but on the effects that the disability has on the person’s functional ability preventing them from boarding, riding, and disembarking independently from a fully accessible Fixed Route bus. The accessibility of the Fixed Route service and environmental and architectural barriers within the service area are also considered. A person’s age, the inability to drive a car, inconvenience, or discomfort are not qualifying factors for Open Door. It is a transportation decision, not a medical authorization.
IndyGo’s Open Door service costs riders $3.50 per one-way trip.
For more information regarding eligibility, please call (317) 614-9260. Call Customer Service at (317) 635-3344 for information regarding other IndyGo services and visit the website at IndyGo.net.
Step 1: Obtain Application Forms
Download the two application forms below or call Customer Service at (317) 635-3344 to have the Open Door application packet mailed to you.
Step 2: Complete the Personal Information Form Download here
The applicant or someone who is familiar with the applicant’s abilities must complete this form.
Step 3: Medical/Professional Verification Form Completed on Your Behalf Download here
This form must be completed by one of the following professionals who is familiar with the applicant’s abilities:
- Physician or Doctor of Chiropractic
- Registered Nurse
- Licensed Social Worker
- Orientation & Mobility Training Specialist
- Nurse Practitioner
- Occupational Therapist
- Physical Therapist
Step 4: Mail, Fax or Email your Forms
All forms must be signed and dated to be considered complete.
Mail: IndyGo Open Door Assessments
1501 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46222
Fax: (317) 614-9316
Once the Assessment team receives your Personal Information and Medical/Professional Verification forms, they will contact you to schedule an in-person interview. All interviews must be scheduled in advance. At the in-person interview, an Assessment team member will review your application and discuss the disability/ health condition that affects your functional ability to use IndyGo’s Fixed Route buses. If needed, IndyGo can provide transportation on an Open Door shared ride bus to and from the interview location at no cost to you.
Notification of Eligibility
Determination of eligibility will be made by IndyGo within 21 days of the in-person interview. IndyGo will notify you in writing of the decision about your eligibility for Open Door service. If IndyGo has not made an eligibility determination within 21 days, temporary eligibility is granted until a decision is made. If it is determined you are not eligible for IndyGo’s Open Door service, you may appeal. Information on the appeal process will be given to you with your notice of ineligibility.