VACCINE TRANSPORTATION

Ben Franklin Transit (BFT) is working with Benton Franklin Health District and other local agencies to offer our community additional transportation options for increased connectivity to local COVID-19 vaccination sites. To provide better community access to these sites, BFT is making adjustments to multiple services. These changes will include:

  • Expanded access to reserved rides for seniors and those with mobility challenges regardless of ADA (Dial-A-Ride) eligibility, including round-trip scheduling to vaccine sites and shortened wait times for return trips.
  • Added connectivity options using BFT CONNECT.

BFT’s transportation experts will continue to work with our community partners to optimize public transportation access to established vaccination sites. We will update this page as additional resources and information become available. For COVID-19 vaccine information please refer to the Benton Franklin Health District’s website at bfhd.wa.gov.

 

UPDATED SERVICE OPTIONS TO GET TO LOCAL VACCINATION SITES:

VACCINE TRANSPORTATION FOR SENIORS AND MOBILITY CHALLENGED INDIVIDUALS

Seniors and mobility challenged individuals, regardless of ADA (Dial-A-Ride) eligibility, will be able to schedule trips to and from vaccine sites. These round trips will be scheduled at the time of initial request, with return trip pickup available as soon as 40 minutes after drop-off. These round-trip reservations to reach vaccine sites must be made at least one (1) day and up to seven (7) days in advance.

To schedule a ride (two options):

*Reservations can be made Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, a reservationist is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to book rides for Mondays only.

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.* | Saturday: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. |  Sunday: No Service

*Prosser and Benton City hours: Monday – Friday: 6 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. (last pickup at 8:15 p.m.)

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BFT CONNECT

BFT’s new on-demand ride service, BFT CONNECT, will offer expanded destination options with front-door drop-off at community vaccination sites within the PTBA. Additionally, adjacent zone trips will be allowed using CONNECT to expand access to vaccine sites outside the passenger’s service zone of origin. Ride requests using BFT CONNECT are made same day, within minutes of when you are ready to leave.

To schedule a ride (two options):

  • Download and open the Via app on your smartphone App_Store_Transit  Google_Play_Transit
  • Call 509-204-4189 to schedule a ride

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday – Friday: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday: No Service

Learn more about BFT CONNECT by visiting bft.org/ConnectOnDemand.

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BUS SERVICE

BFT has 18 bus routes serving Kennewick, Pasco, Richland, West Richland, Benton City, and Prosser.* For the most up-to-date bus schedules we recommend that riders download and use the Transit app, or go to bft.org/BusRoutes.

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday – Friday: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday: No Service
     

*Customers throughout the Tri-Cities and Finley may use BFT CONNECT to reach the bus network.
 

VACCINATION SITES + BFT SERVICE OPTIONS

CITY

VACCINATION SITE

ADDRESS

BFT CONNECT SERVICE ZONES

BUS ROUTE STOPS NEAR THE LOCATION

SENIORS + MOBILITY  CHALLENGED AVAILABILITY

 

Kennewick      

Costco Pharmacy     8505 W Gage Blvd
  • Columbia Center & South Richland Zone
  • West Richland & Badger Mountain Zone
  • Central Kennewick & Finley Zone
  • Central Richland Zone
  • East Pasco Zone
110/123 Yes
Kennewick Fred Meyer Pharmacy 2811 W 10th Ave
  • Columbia Center & South Richland Zone
  • West Richland & Badger Mountain Zone
  • Central Kennewick & Finley Zone
  • Central Richland Zone
  • East Pasco Zone
48 Yes
Kennewick On Scene Medical Services 7511 W Arrowhead Ave
  • Columbia Center & South Richland Zone
  • West Richland & Badger Mountain Zone
  • Central Kennewick & Finley Zone
  • Central Richland Zone
  • East Pasco Zone
120/126 Yes
Kennewick Safeway Pharmacy 2825 W Kennewick Ave
  • Columbia Center & South Richland Zone
  • West Richland & Badger Mountain Zone
  • Central Kennewick & Finley Zone
  • Central Richland Zone
  • East Pasco Zone
41/42 Yes
Kennewick Trios: Chavallo Complex 7211 W Deschutes Ave
  • Columbia Center & South Richland Zone
  • West Richland & Badger Mountain Zone
  • Central Kennewick & Finley Zone
  • Central Richland Zone
  • East Pasco Zone           
48/110/150/160 Yes
Pasco Tri-Cities Community Health 715 W Court St
  • East Pasco Zone
  • West Pasco Zone
  • Columbia Center & South Richland Zone
  • Central Kennewick & Finley Zone
150/160 Yes
Pasco West Pasco Pharmacy 7505 Sandifur Pkwy
  • West Pasco Zone
  • East Pasco Zone
  • Central Richland Zone
67/225 Yes
Pasco YVFWC Miramar Health Center 1608 N Rd 44
  • West Pasco Zone
  • East Pasco Zone
  • Central Richland Zone
67 Yes
Prosser Prosser Memorial 723 Memorial St N/A 170 Yes
Prosser YVFWC Valley Vista Medical Group 820 Memorial St N/A 170 Yes
Richland Fred Meyer Pharmacy 101 Wellsian Way
  • Central Richland Zone
  • West Richland & Badger Mountain Zone
  • West Pasco Zone
  • Columbia Center & South Richland Zone
25/120/170 Yes
Richland Health First Urgent Care 37 Columbia Point Dr
  • Central Richland Zone
  • West Richland & Badger Mountain Zone
  • West Pasco Zone
  • Columbia Center & South Richland Zone
120/126/225/268 Yes
Richland Kadlec Healthplex 1268 Lee Blvd
  • Central Richland Zone
  • West Richland & Badger Mountain Zone
  • West Pasco Zone
  • Columbia Center & South Richland Zone
25/120/123 Yes

 

PLEASE NOTE: The Benton-Franklin Fairgrounds vaccine site is not accessible using public transit due to wait-in-vehicle requirements.

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CUSTOMER SERVICE

Phone support is available Monday – Friday 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 509-735-5100 to assist with your transportation needs.

SAFETY REMINDERS

When using BFT services and at our facilities, we ask all riders to adhere to the following:

  • Wear a face covering (if needed, drivers can provide free face coverings while supplies last), in accordance with the federal order
  • Maintain a safe distance from others
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water (or use hand sanitizer)
  • Stay home and do not use public transit if sick or experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms

BFT services are currently fare-free until further notice. Our most current safety measures are shared and updated as appropriate at bft.org/Safety and on our social media accounts.