Senior transportation presents unique challenges. Your loved one may no longer be able to drive independently, but they still have transportation needs for medical visits, grocery store visits, and other essential tasks. It can be difficult to determine exactly when your loved one should stop driving independently, but if you have concerns, read Care.com's article: Driving and the Elderly: When Your Parent Needs to Stop Driving.
DC Senior Transportation Options
In Washington DC, senior citizens 65 and older ride for half the regular fare on Metrorail, for 75¢ on regular Metrobus routes, and for discounted fare on other participating bus service providers. For more information visit the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority website.
Call 'N' Ride Transportation Program
This program provides a discount door-to-door taxicab service for senior citizens of age 60 and over. Participants contact the Lead Agency serving the wards where they live to obtain coupons for the taxi ride at a reduced cost. The amount of the discount is based on a sliding fee scale, so prices vary. For more information, visit the DC Office on Aging website.
The Washington Elderly Handicapped Transportation Service
This program provides basic transportation for seniors who cannot access traditional transportation systems. Arrangements are made to transport elderly persons to essential medical appointments, dialysis sessions, appointments with public benefits agencies (Medicaid, Medicare, Food Stamps, SSI, Social Security) and banking institutions, etc. To use the service, people must contact the Lead Agencies that serve the wards where they live. For more information, visit the DC Office on Aging website.
Metro Paratransit Service for the Disabled
Metro's Department of Americans with Disabilities Act will arrange door-to-door transportation for anyone who is disabled. The program services any destination currently served by Metrobus or Metrorail. For more information visit the WMATA website.
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