Transportation is a chief issue of concern for seniors, especially those accustomed to a high level of mobility. By becoming familiar with the vast transportation options offered in the state of Ohio, you can reassure your senior that giving up his or her license does not mean giving up independence. Learn about the services available in these select Ohio regions.
Public Transportation: The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, or SORTA Metro System transports residents from Hamilton, Clermont, Butler, and Warren counties into Cincinnati. Seniors are eligible for the Metro Fare Deal program which enables them to commute for half the price. Submit an application and $1 to the Fare Deal office to receive your Fare Deal ID today.
Paratransit: For those seniors who are unable to ride Metro due to a disability may utilize Access paratransit service which has the same service area and hours of operation as the Metro service. You must register to be approved for this curb-to-curb service.
The following are other options for Cincinnati seniors:
· Sycamore Senior Center-Transportation (including a wheelchair accessible van) available to medical appointments and grocery shopping. Serves Arlington Heights, Blue Ash, Camp Dennison, Deer Park, Dillonvale, Evendale, Indian Hill, Kennedy Heights, Loveland, Madeira, Montgomery, Pleasant Ridge, Reading, Rossmoyne, Sharonville, Silverton, Sycamore Township, and Symmes Township
· Wesley Community Services-Door-to -door service available to and from medical appointments in the greater Cincinnati area.
· Cincinnati Area Senior Services-Transportation available from senior communities to CASS centers, shopping centers, and other destinations of interest in the greater Cincinnati area.
· Community Services West-Transportation available to medical appointments, grocery trips, and adult day care centers in western Hamilton County.
· ITNGreaterCincinnati-Volunteers drive members of this transportation network to destinations of their choosing. You acquire the service through a pre-paid Personal Transportation account. Drivers will also assist with carrying packages, walking up steps, and opening doors.
For more information, visit the Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio.
Public Transportation: Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority offers a discount RTA Senior ID card which you can acquire by visiting the RTA's main office with a state-issued ID and paying $3. With this card, seniors pay less than half the standard rate to use the bus, HealthLine, and Rapid Transit. RTA also offers Travel Training which teaches seniors how to use the public transit system safely and effectively. In individual one-on-one sessions, Travel Trainers will help seniors plan their trip, understand the route maps and schedules, purchase tickets, use the lift if they have a wheelchair, and simply become comfortable using public transportation. Group training sessions are also available. Almost all public transit vehicles are ADA-compliant.
Paratransit: If you are unable to use public transit due to a disability, RTA Paratransit will take you door-to-door to any destination on the standard RTA route or within a five-mile radius of your home. You must submit an application to the RTA's main office and possibly pass functional testing to be approved for the service. If you are deemed eligible, you will receive a Paratransit ID card. Service costs $2.25 each way and Personal Care Attendants ride free. You may arrange trips by phone or online. It is requested you know the address of both pick-up and drop-off points when you call and that you alert the scheduler if anyone will be traveling with you.
Senior Transportation Connection of Cuyahoga County is another option for seniors in the Cleveland area. This network of providers will transport to seniors to destinations of their choosing including medical appointments, senior centers, and entertainment events. Group trips may also be arranged. Vehicles operate Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Fares range from $0.50 to $1.50 one-way, but some providers only ask for donations. Call the STC Call Center to schedule a ride. STC requests you make a reservation at least two days in advance.
Public Transportation: Seniors can ride the Central Ohio Transit Authority for half the price. Adults older than 65 should visit the COTA Pass Sales Office with a photo ID or Medicare Card to acquire their special ID and start saving. COTA buses feature wheelchair lifts, lower to the curb for easy boarding, and allow service animals. If seniors need help using public transportation, they may be paired with COTA Mentor who will teach them how to ride buses and trains safely and effectively.
Paratransit: Mainstream, COTA's paratransit service, is available for ADA eligible persons for the price of $3.00 one-way. Mainstream services areas within ¾ mile of the fixed-route bus line during the same hours of operation as the fixed-route service. Rides outside of this service area are considered non-ADA trips and cost $3.50. Companions pay the regular fare, but Personal Care Attendants ride free. Rides must be scheduled at least a day in advance.
The Franklin County Office on Aging in Columbus also offers transportation to medical facilities. The vehicle accommodates wheelchairs and a senior may have one escort.
For residents throughout the state of Ohio, the PASSPORT program provides non-medical transportation as one of its discounted services to help older Ohioans afford to stay at home. Eligible seniors may access this service at any Ohio Area Agency on Aging. Also, senior care facilities and senior centers often offer transportation services so be sure to investigate these options in your local area. For more information about transportation for seniors, visit the transportation section of the Ohio Department of Aging.
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