Transportation services include public buses and trains that travel fixed routes. Para-transit includes group vans, minibuses and taxis that travel routes that change. Other private transportation options include taxis and dial-a-ride services.
Public transportation, including para-transit, helps seniors and people with disabilities stay involved in the community. Public buses and trains often have wheelchair lifts and other devices for easy access. The Americans with Disabilities Act requires para-transit for individuals who cannot access other public transportation. Another option is a private dial-a-ride service. Some of these services get para-transit funding and are part of a community’s public transportation system. Dial-a-ride and para-transit offer pick-up and drop-off at a person’s home and usually must be reserved ahead.
Check with your local public transportation agencies to get schedules and fees for buses, trains and para-transit. You can search for transportation providers by location
Ask your local senior and adult day centers about their transportation services and costs. You may wish to print copies of the Transportation Service Checklist to evaluate and compare providers.
Local transportation services often receive federal money to serve older adults and individuals with disabilities. Public transportation is usually provided at a reduced cost. Transportation provided by a senior or adult day center is usually free or inexpensive.
ADRC of Oregon staff are available to help you explore your options to meet your current needs or create a plan for the future.
Use this checklist to evaluate and compare providers.
Use the Oregon Department of Transportation website to locate transportation providers.