A new non-emergency medical transportation service will benefit patients who do not need ambulance transportation but cannot rely on mass transit.

AidCar, which operates in the Salt Lake City metropolitan area, is designed for those who are ambulatory, including those who use crutches, walkers and canes or can turn and pivot into a wheelchair.The patient sits up in the vehicle, driven by a qualified EMT. The charge is $20 per one-way trip up to 20 miles, and additional miles cost the flat fee plus 75 cents a mile. AidCar operates from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturdays.

Free rides are available through Dec. 31 to introduce the service, on a first-come, first-serve basis. To schedule a ride, call 355-6800.