Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Transportation Options for Seniors

Seniors in Montgomery County have a variety of transportation options available to them.  First and foremost is the County’s own Ride On bus system, offering 82 routes.  Every Ride On bus is lift-equipped to handle wheelchairs and most buses kneel to make entry easy.  Best of all, seniors ride free from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and at half fare during other times.  MetroBus service is also available for longer trips, including into the District of Columbia.

Special training to help first-time passengers is available through the Connect A Ride program at senior centers and other locations. 

Other transportation options include MetroAccess and Medicaid Transportation for medical appointments, Call ‘N Ride--discounted coupons used for taxi trips, and a special senior bus service sponsored by the County’s Department of Health and Human Services that provides free Ride On transportation to recreation centers or to shopping destinations.

The “At-A-Glance” reference guide for seniors lists participating organizations and phone numbers. Or, call 311 (TTY, call 301-251-4850), Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

More information about Ride On is available on the County’s website.