Marin Access Low Income Fare Assistance

Program Description

On July 1, 2020 Marin Transit will introduce an expanded Low-Income Fare Assistance (LIFA) program that consolidates and replaces existing fare assistance offerings for Catch-A-Ride and local Paratransit. Eligible riders will receive $20 of credit per month to use for trips on Catch-A-Ride base fares and local Paratransit and will have the option of receiving a free pass to use on Marin Transit local bus service. LIFA funds can be used on base fares for Catch-A-Ride and local Paratransit trips only. 

Eligibility Criteria

Use the information below to understand if you may qualify.  

To qualify for the LIFA program you must be age 65+ or eligible for Marin Access Paratransit, a resident of Marin County, and either: 

  • Be enrolled and eligible for Medi-Cal

                 OR

  • Demonstrate annual income that is at or below the current Elder Economic Index1 standard as shown below. This standard will be updated annually to reflect the most current data. 
Housing Situation Single Couple
Owner without Mortgage $24,684 $35,856
Owner with Mortgage $49,272 $60,444
Renter $45,888 $57,060

Elder Index. (2019). The Elder Index™ [Public Dataset]. Boston, MA: Gerontology Institute, University of Massachusetts Boston. Retrieved from ElderIndex.org

Income Documents Accepted

For those that are applying based on income, please submit one of the following: 

  • Most recent three (3) paystubs;
  • Most recent three (3) financial assistance documents;
  • Most recent tax return; or
  • Most recent year end social security statement

Please provide copies of these documents; documents will not be returned. We care about your privacy and recommend that you remove or cross out all instances of your social security number, identification number, and / or account numbers for your bank or financial institution on the documents that you provide. 

Applying for LIFA

Use the LIFA Application button on this page to apply or download the application here. Applications may take up to 21 days for processing. 

Questions

If you have any questions about the LIFA program, please review our complete policy document (found by clicking the policy documents located in the upper right section of this webpage) or contact the Marin Access Travel Navigators.