Chandler has a lot going for it thanks to its location in the Phoenix metro area. Yet, if you do not own a car or cannot drive safely, it can be tough getting around town. Luckily, when you or your spouse do not drive, there is an array of transportation alternatives to pick from. You can get rides from public transportation, senior care services, service organizations, and taxi companies in Chandler.
Chandler and the rest of the Greater Phoenix Metro Area are served by the rail system and bus routes of Valley Metro. You can get reduced fares on bus routes and local light rail if you are over the age of 64 years old. All you have to do to get your reduced fare is to present your driver’s license, Valley Metro Reduced Fare ID card ,or your state ID card. All of the buses and light rail operated by Valley Metro are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Also, you can bring your guide or service dog on all of the vehicles they run.
You might want to consider contacting a taxi fleet when you need on-demand rides anywhere in Chandler, such as to and from the airport. You can make reservations in advance online or by phone when you commission one of the many licensed taxi companies in the city. The most popular taxi services are ExecuCar, Discount Cab, and Clean Air Cab. When you want to help a family member by hiring a professional driver or door-to-door service, some taxi companies will let you prepay for others.
You can sometimes count on homemaking or home health services when you want rides to and from appointments or errands. HomeCare Living, BrightStar Healthcare, and Home Instead Senior Care are a few of the highly-rated home care services that advertise that they provide rides. Some of the main advantages to picking a home care provider for rides is that you will know your driver. If they are also your caregiver, you have the freedom to make as many stops as you want along the way, and you have help and a companion as you shop.
Both of the top ride-sharing services, Uber, and Lyft, run in Chandler. So, you can get rides on-demand, set-up transportation in advance, and obtain door-to-door service with just a few swipes on your smartphone or the help of a tech-savvy friend. However, be sure you know how much you are paying. “Surge pricing” during peak hours, including rush hour, can be expensive.
You can get ride help from many of the resources listed on the Arizona Department of Economic Security website. For little or no cost, Chandler seniors can get non-emergency transportation to and from social events, jobs, health care appointments, and more from the Arizona Bridge to Independent Living. Also, older adults with mobility needs can receive rides by calling Valley Metro’s Dial-A-Ride program at (602) 253-5000.
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