Driving around town to get to our appointments or run errands is often second nature, and we don’t really think about it. Unfortunately for seniors, driving might no longer be a possibility and they can feel they have limited freedom when it comes to travel. Colorado Springs offers plenty of transportation services that are specific to seniors as well as others like ride-sharing services that can take seniors where they need to go. Here are just a few of the options available.
Public transportation is an easy way to get from place to place in Colorado Springs and Mountain Metro Transit is in charge of all bus routes. Along with their regular buses, they have a system of paratransit buses that are designed for people with disabilities. Senior bus riders can take advantage of the Senior Ambassador Program, which will help them get to their destination safely. Seniors can even get a guided tour on how to use the bus system and plan out a trip. They will also be able to use the senior discount to get lower fare rates.
If you would prefer a more private way of traveling as well as door to door service, you can use a taxi service. Colorado Springs has a few different taxi services like Yellow Cab and Springs Cab along with Springs Airport Shuttle, which runs to and from the airport. Most taxi companies will allow you to call ahead of time and schedule a ride, if you know that you will need some form of transportation.
Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft are becoming more popular especially in larger cities. Both of these services operate in Colorado Springs and all you have to do is arrange a ride through their app or online. If you don’t have a smartphone or aren’t very computer savvy, a family member can arrange the ride for you even if they aren’t nearby. Make sure you understand the fees and charges because they will change throughout the day and be more expensive during peak travel hours.
Many in-home care providers offer transportation services to their clients. This could be as much as taking you wherever you need to go or it could be incidental transportation if there is an emergency. Either way, this is a great option if you already have a caretaker because you can travel with someone you know that can help you, if needed. Home Helpers, Visiting Angels, and Interim Healthcare all operate in Colorado Springs and offer some form of transportation.
Silver Key Senior Services offers a transportation program to seniors that are 60 years or older and live in Colorado Springs. Silver Key offers rides to places like:
Medical appointments Community centers Worship services Daily errands like grocery shopping Places of education or volunteering
Silver Key has vehicles that can accommodate seniors in wheelchairs and other ADA accessible transportation and they also offer door to door service so you safely arrive at your destination. Trips have a suggested donation of $3.50 and you do need to register online in order to receive transportation. You can call 719-884-2380 to register and get more information.
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