Flextrans, a fleet of Utah Transit Authority buses equipped to carry disabled passengers, is scheduled to begin service at 6 a.m. Monday.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for Flextrans, short for "flexible transportation service," is scheduled for at 10 a.m. Monday at the Salt Lake County Government Center, 2001 S. State.The $1.8 million fleet of scaled-down buses, equipped with platforms that can be lowered nearly to ground level for easy entrance and exit by wheelchair, will take disabled passengers to a central transfer point at 1900 S. State.

From there, they can transfer to one of UTA's wheelchair lift-equipped buses or another Flextrans vehicle. The ride, which will cost 50 cents one way, will take a disabled passenger from the curb of their residence to the curb of their destination.

The disabled can register for Flextrans service by calling 287-7433. After filling out a registration form, they can request service between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.