Human Services


Omaha, NE


Share A Fare provides transportation for the blind and visually impaired citizens in the Greater Omaha area by promoting a cab subsidy program through fund raising to enhance independent travel and effective participation in society.

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Office Manager

Jim Jirak

Main Address

Po Box 6253

Omaha, NE 68106 USA


Cab subsidy for the blind and visually impaired in Greater Omaha Nebraska





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Human Service Organizations (P20)

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In 2016, transportation became a great challenge as many bus services were eliminated across the city of Omaha. Further changes occurred in April 2017, as services were remapped, and MOBY Services limited, leaving many blind and visually impaired residents cut-off from bus service. Such changes interrupt and affect the orientation and mobility skills of the blind and visually impaired. In an effort to be responsive to the needs of Share A Fare participants, we added City Taxi, Inc. to the option of Happy Cab coupon books to assist the Blind and Visually Impaired in their search for affordable transportation options.
As we carefully analyze the changes in our current participant needs, we are planning for an increased demand for cab use, particularly in the winter season. For our supply to meet participant demand, we will utilize grant funding to purchase additional cab coupon books for our participants.

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Share A Fare Cab Subsidy

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Population(s) served

People with vision impairments

Related program

Share A Fare Cab Subsidy

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Our Cab Subsidy Project is built around these goals:
1)Expand Share A Fare to provide more low-cost options for transportation to our program participants.
We have added City Taxi, Inc. to the option of Happy Cab coupons to extend the service area of transportation to our participants.
2) Increase supply of cab coupon books to coordinate with demand of current participants.
We are motivated to grow our availability of cab coupon books through direct assistance fundraising. Funds raised are used for cab coupon purchases, which directly benefit our participant supply. Through increased supply, we can better serve our 412 participants, offering each participant 1 to 2 additional coupon books in winter months.
3)Increase funding for the ability to increase our number of program participants.
Share A Fare has hired a grant writer to assist in expansion of our program funding. With additional funds, we will have the ability to reach additional blind and visually impaired residents of the greater Omaha metro.

Share A Fare's Cab Subsidy Program is ongoing. Participants first apply for access to the program, requiring blind and visually impaired individuals to submit a certification from their doctor, nurse, optometrist, or rehabilitation counselor verifying low vision or legal blindness to meet the set standard.

Once approved, participants may purchase up to 3 coupon books in a calendar month. All orders received by the 20th of each month, are processed by the 25th of that month, through the mail.
Cab coupons can also be purchased at one of two monthly meetings of community partners: Omaha Association of the Blind and Omaha Council of the Blind.

Share A Fare purchases the cab coupon books in bulk, as funds are available, from Happy Cab and City Taxi.
We continue to market our program, targeting teachers who serve visually impaired children/teens, eye doctors, low vision providers, eye physicians, state agencies and senior citizen resources. Public Service Announcements have been developed. We continue to dedicate ourselves to making the program more visible. With grants received we have updated our website, and brochures, as well as developed a Facebook page.

We have been successful with the cab coupon program. We have grown the program from inception. With much of the city not having access to public transportation we have completed a pilot program expand our services to include UBER and Lyft. We have also allowed participants the option to purchase at least one additional book of cab coupons during winter months and with additional funding will allow for additional books and/or promo codes to be purchased.

We have been successful to this point with the cab coupon program. We have grown the program from inception and believe that our ability to secure funding shows the success of our program.
We have likewise been able to offer at least one additional cab coupons per participants during winter months.
People deserve the opportunity to dream, believe and achieve. Grant funding supports our efforts in cab assistance to allow the blind and visually impaired to get to work, to ensure they have the capacity to keep stable employment, succeed in the workplace, and support themselves and their families. Funding enables individuals to have a pathway to higher education, ensuring that they have the capacity to gain employment and provide family and personal stability for their lifetime. Per the American Foundation for the Blind, most visually impaired individuals have a high motivation to succeed. Access to affordable transportation accentuates that motivation.

With much of the city not being serviced by public transportation we have successfully completed a pilot program to examine the need to expand the program to include Uber and Lyft. We have the capacity to and plan to implement this in 2018. This will increase the number of participants and make it even more affordable option.

We already have participants using the cab coupons successfully. But additional funding will allow participants to purchase additional books/promo codes.

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