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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.

How can transportation services help?

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.

Some Senior Centers and Adult Day Centers provide transportation to and from their facilities. Many also offer planned trips to places such as grocery stores and medical offices.

What should I look for in transportation services?

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.

How do I pay for transportation services?

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.

Transportation Checklist

Use this checklist to evaluate and compare providers.

ODOT transportation provider locator

Use the Oregon Department of Transportation website to locate transportation providers.

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