When you need to go somewhere you hop in your car and drive without giving it a second thought, but many seniors do not have this luxury. If you’re a senior who doesn’t have a car or isn’t able to drive any longer, you might be worried about how you’re going to get around. Fortunately, Albuquerque has some great options for seniors and no matter where you need to go there is a form of transportation that will fit your needs and your budget.
The City of Albuquerque Transit Department handles all forms of public transportation under the system called ABQ Ride. This includes all bus routes as well as special needs rides for seniors and those with disabilities. Sun Van is the paratransit system and it helps those individuals who cannot ride on regular forms of public transportation. It works through a reservation system and can take you anywhere you need to go even if it’s not on a fixed route.
Seniors can also enroll in the ABQ Ride training program Mobility Independence. This program helps seniors become familiar with riding the bus by teaching them how to plan a trip, how to board the bus safely, and how to use the paratransit service. Seniors 62 and older can ride for a discounted rate, but you do need to have a valid form of ID to do so.
If you can’t use the bus system or don’t want to, there are always taxis. The city of Albuquerque has a few taxi companies like Yellow Cab Co. and ABQ Metro Taxi. Taxis are a good choice if you need to go somewhere that isn’t on a bus route or if you would prefer to arrive right at your destination without having to walk from a bus stop. You can call ahead most times and schedule a ride in advance, if that is easier for you.
Another door to door option is to use a ridesharing service like Uber or Lyft, both of which are available in Albuquerque. It is like a taxi service in that a car will pick you up and drop you off at your destination, but the fares work a little differently. During peak travel times there is what they call surge charging so rides will cost a little extra. Other than that, all you need to do to schedule a ride is use their app on your smartphone or go online. If you aren’t able to do that, a computer savvy friend or relative can even help secure a ride if they are not there with you.
Because so many seniors are opting to use in-home caregivers, many providers also offer transportation in their services. They might be able to take you grocery shopping, to your doctor’s appointments, or any other place you have errands, but a few will only drive you somewhere if there is an emergency. Using your caregiver as a mode of transportation is a nice option because you already know them and if something goes wrong while you’re out, they can take care of you. In Albuquerque providers like Mi Casa Home Health Care, Companion Care, and 1st Premier Home Care all offer some form of transportation services.
The Albuquerque Department of Senior Affairs also offers a specialized senior transportation program for citizens that are 60 and older or have a disability. This is a curb to curb transportation system, with priority given to those seniors who have medical appointments. You can call 505-764-6464 for more information.
Catholic Charities is another group that offers rides to seniors 60 and older who need to get to essential medical appointments or go grocery shopping. The drivers are volunteers and you will need to call ahead to reserve your ride. You can contact 505-724-4634 to get more information.
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