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Alternative Transportation: Public Transportation

Check into buses, vanpools and special transit services for older adults.

Special Transportation Options

Special transportation options, generally targeted toward people with limited mobility, are available in many areas. These services may include:
• Dial-a-ride or other transportation for people unable to use fixed-route services. Vans or mini-buses are typically used to take riders to a doctor’s office or other destinations.
• Transportation programs sponsored or operated by nonprofit or faith-based organizations. These programs may employ volunteer drivers or work in conjunction with local governments.

• Taxis. In addition to regular taxi service, there may be voucher programs and other subsidies for those with limited mobility, as well as vehicles specifically designed for accessibility.
• Ride and car sharing programs. Companies such as ZipCar let drivers rent cars without hassle and save on the high cost of owning a car. Programs such as GoLoco and Avego encourage commuters to share car travel and split costs. Both programs use the web to establish communications among their members.

What You Should Do

Do you have concerns or complaints about existing service? If so, document them and then contact your local transit agency.

If transit service is lacking or nonexistent, contact your local government, elected officials, or local Office on Aging and share your thoughts about what is needed. Write a letter to the editor of your local paper. If you aren’t satisfied with the response, take your concerns to higher elected officials.

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