Alabama Transportation Resources
From trips to the grocery store to other errands, get the transportation assistance your senior needs in Alabama.
Eventually all seniors reach a point where operating a vehicle is no longer safe. Some seniors resist this change fearing the loss of independence. Not only does Alabama have accessible public transportation, but they also offer special senior-specific services in almost every county.
Public Transportation in Birmingham and the Suburbs
The Birmingham-Jefferson County Transportation Authority provides accessible, efficient, affordable transportation in Birmingham and the suburbs as well as special services for seniors. The fixed route bus system connects Birmingham with its suburbs in Bessemer, Fairfield, Homewood, Mountain Brook, Hoover, and Vestavia Hills. Seniors are eligible for a reduced fare if they have a Medicare Card or are at least 62 years old. The discounted price for a single-ride is $0.60 and, for transfers, $0.15. Another available option for seniors is purchasing the Access Pass ID Card which provides unlimited rides per month for $21.00.
Seniors who struggle with mobility should take advantage the BJCTA Paratransit or VIP Service. This alternative to the fixed route bus service is available for ADA-eligible riders and provides shared ride, curb-to-curb service in lift-equipped vans. Passengers pay $2.00 for a one-way trip or they can purchase a $80.00 VIP Monthly for unlimited usage. When planning their trip, seniors may choose one of two types of VIP service. Demand Service is a reservation for a single trip while Subscription Service is a standing reservation for trips which occur at least three times a week to the same destination for a minimum duration of ninety days. Reservations can be made up to two weeks in advance and as late as a day in advance and are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. It is important to allow at least an hour of travel time when planning your trip and be ready for pick-up at least twenty minutes in advance. Eligible seniors may be accompanied by a Personal Care Attendant and/or service animals free of charge. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
To expand the region where paratransit is available, BJCTA coordinates with an additional paratransit service, ClasTran. Clastran transports the elderly and disabled in rural parts of Jefferson and Shelby County as well as parts of urban Birmingham without access to the VIP Service. The hours of operation are 7:00 am to 5:00 p.m. and a one-way trip costs $4.00.
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