The local public transit system, taxi fleets, ridesharing services and other transportation agencies make it easy for Fort Worth’s elderly residents to get around the city without a car. Seniors can turn to a number of local organizations for assistance when creating travel plans.
Known to locals as simply “The T,” The Fort Worth Transportation Authority helps families from all walks of life to travel throughout the city. Regularly scheduled buses are able to transport Fort Worth residents anywhere from the local zoo to Sundance Square, with free rides available for those in Fort Worth’s Central Business District. The T also partners with Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) to offer widespread rail services to the residents of Northeastern Texas. Seniors over the age of 65 can save on public transportation expenses by obtaining a lifetime reduced fare ID card costing $2.00. If you are an elderly or disabled Fort Worth resident who has trouble riding on public transit lines, the T offers door-to-door passenger pickup and dropoff through its Mobility-Impaired Transportation Service (MITS). Call (817) 215-8600 for more information.
Public transportation can be a time-consuming travel option, especially when you are in a hurry. Licensed cab companies operate throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan area, offering on-demand service when you need it the most. No matter what time of day it is, you can contact a local company such as Fort Worth Taxi, Yellow Cab or Cowboy Cab for a ride. Many taxi services also allow customers to book cabs in advance by phone or online.
Along with housekeeping services and medical care, many home health agencies offer transportation options for seniors with limited mobility. Care workers can accompany elderly individuals to anything from a doctor’s appointment to a shopping spree. Local companies such as BrightStar, ResCare Home Services and Senior Transportation Services help Fort Worth residents to get around the entire Metro area with ease. Nonprofit groups such as Senior Citizen Services of Tarrant County and Catholic Charities Fort Worth also offer transportation options for seniors in need.
Local ridesharing companies offer a fast and convenient way for Fort Worth residents to get around town. Passengers can use their smartphone to book a nearby ride, ensuring that they’re on their way to their destination in just minutes. All payment is handled electronically, including a convenient tipping system, eliminating the need for clunky or confusing cash transactions. Contact Uber or Lyft to find out more about transportation services and pricing options in your area.
Do you need help navigating local transportation options? My Ride Tarrant County is dedicated to helping the elderly and disabled residents of Fort Worth to access affordable transportation services in their area that can accommodate their unique needs. Call or text your nearest My Ride Navigator for counseling, referrals and more.
Seniors over 60 can contact the Area Agency on Aging of Tarrant County at (817) 258-8000 to learn more about finding a ride to healthcare appointments. Medicaid patients who lack reliable transportation can access free rides to the doctor, the dentist or another medical professional through the Texas Health and Human Services Commission by calling 1-877-633-8747.
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