Even though the big city can be scary at first, there are many benefits to living in Atlanta. However, you may have a difficult time getting around the ATL, if you cannot drive safely or you do not own a car. Thankfully, there are many travel solutions. You can get from point A to point B and everywhere in between with Atlanta’s public transit, service organizations, senior care providers, and cab services.
Public transportation in the form of heavy rail and bus are offered by the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). They operate the eighth busiest subway system in the United States. MARTA is designed to be a system that everyone can use easily and with comfort. That is why all of their buses, rail cars, and stations have special features to accommodate the elderly. Additionally, they offer Reduced Fare Breeze cards, which allow you to travel at a reduced price at all times.
Taxi services are available on-demand in Atlanta whenever you need a ride to run errands or to make a doctor’s appointment. With most of the licensed taxi services in Atlanta, such as Atlanta Checker Cab Co and Buckhead Safety Cab you can make your reservations in advance over the phone or on the Internet. If you want to hire a professional door-to-door service for a special senior in your life, you can prepay for rides with some cab services.
Seniors can typically get transportation to and from doctor’s appointments and other places through Atlanta’s numerous home health care services. Silver Companions, A Caring Touch for Seniors, Sarah Care, and many other organizations actively advertise their senior ride services online. This is a smart option for most golden agers because you get companionship and assistance when shopping, you usually know the driver since they are your caregiver, you have the freedom to stop as often as you need to, and you can go in the caregiver’s car or your own.
Atlanta offers both Lyft and Uber services. These companies make it easy for you to receive door-to-door services, schedule rides in advance, and to get rides on demand. All you need is to be a little tech-savvy or have a family member help you. One thing you will want to watch out for is their pricing. During some busy times, like rush hour, these services have “surge pricing” which can dramatically increase the costs.
The Atlanta Area Agency on Aging, AgeWise Connection, can connect you with a number of transportation resources. This includes transportation to food nutrition programs and senior centers, medical appointments, shopping, pleasure trips, and much more.
SoutheasTrans provides Georgia Medicaid members with non-emergency transportation services. These are shared rides, and you can even have a loved one join you on the trip.
Fulton County, where Atlanta is located, also offers a Dial-A-Ride transportation service to seniors. To take advantage of this, you need to be 55 years of age or older, have limited access to transportation, and are able to perform basic tasks independently.
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