Arkansas Transportation Resources
From trips to the grocery store to other errands, get the transportation assistance your senior needs in Arkansas.
Seniors across the country fear a loss of mobility as they age, but for those living in rural Arkansas, transportation is a special concern. Public transportation is not nearly as accessible as it is in New York City or Chicago. This makes driving retirement a much more difficult transition. Assure the senior in your life that giving up their license does not mean giving up their independence. Most Arkansas communities offer special services to help seniors maintain their mobility.
The Central Arkansas Transit Authority, or CAT, is a fixed-route bus service accessible to residents in the Greater Little Rock area. To cater to seniors, all CAT buses and vans are wheelchair accessible and drivers will stop the bus at any point on the route (providing it is safe to do so) upon a senior's request. Seniors also qualify for CAT'S Discount Fare of $0.65. To acquire a Discount Fare Pass, seniors must fill out a Discount Fare Application form and present their Medicare card at the Sales and Information Office.
Links Paratransit Service is a division of CAT and provides the disabled of Pulaski County an alternative mode of transportation from the fixed-route bus service. In addition to transporting riders from their origin to their destination, drivers provide door-to-door assistance upon request. The service operates Monday through Saturday and costs $2.70 for a one-way trip and $5.40 for round trip. Passengers must have exact fare. Links encourages riders to make reservations as far in advance as possible and notify Links of cancellations at least 24 hours in advance. For seniors to utilize this great local service they must be certified under the Americans with Disabilities Act and complete the Links application form.
The North Arkansas Transportation Service provides multiple modes of transportation in Baxter, Boone, Fulton, Izard, Marion, Newton, Searcy, and parts of Carroll and Madison counties. In addition to the $1.00 per ride fixed-route trolley and van service, NATS offers wheelchair accessible dial-a-ride service Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Special transportation arrangements outside these hours can be made upon request. Dial-a-Ride costs $3.00 to travel within city limits, but seniors must pay a higher fare for longer journeys. Northwest Arkansas' senior centers also provide transportation in wheelchair accessible vans for medical appointments, personal errands, and social events.
Ozark Regional Transit services Fayetteville, Springdale, Bentonville, and Rogers counties. Seniors over 60 may use the fixed-route service for a discount rate of $0.60. Also available is Ozark Regional Paratransit Service which offers curb-to-curb, shared ride service in wheelchair accessible vans. Reservations must be made at least a day in advance. Fares range from $2.00 to $7.00 depending on distance traveled. ADA certified passengers may use ORT Paratransit for free.
Unlike greater Little Rock, rural southeast Arkansas lacks easily accessible public transportation. To remedy this problem, local community organizations offer special services for seniors. The Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Arkansas organizes rides for seniors through Southeast Arkansas Transportation or SEAT. SEAT will transport seniors door-to-door anywhere in Arkansas and will also make trips to the Greenville, MS and northeast Louisiana areas. To reserve a ride, seniors must notify SEAT at least 48-hours in advance. Keep in mind reservations are made on a first-come, first-serve basis.
For those seniors living in southwest Arkansas, the Southwest Arkansas Development Council developed Medicaid's Non-Emergency Transportation Program or NET. The NET Program gives Medicaid recipients free rides to and from their health care appointments. Rides are only available for those seniors who have no alternate transportation options. The NET program services Miller, Little River, Nevada, and Lafayette counties. Call your country dispatcher anytime between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to schedule a ride.
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