Part of what makes Irving an interesting place to live is the size of the area. Yet, getting around the city can be a huge hassle if you do not have a way to drive safely or are without access to a car. There are other alternatives when you or your loved one do not drive. You can get from point A to point B using Irving’s service organizations, public transportation, taxi fleets, and senior care providers.
Irving is one of the thirteen member cities served by the streetcars, buses, curbside services, and rail of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART). Older adults are eligible for reduced two-hour, monthly, and daily passes when they obtain a DART ID card. Additionally, you get a year’s worth of unlimited rides on the public transportation systems in Denton County and Fort Worth as well as on DART with the discounted Senior Citizen Annual Pass. DART buses include spaces to securely anchor wheelchairs and are ADA-compliant. All DART vehicles also accommodate guide and service dogs.
Taxi services are an on-demand solution for transportation around town, including to and from the airport. In the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, there are several licensed taxi services such as Henry’s Cab Service, On Time Taxi Cab, and Yellow Cab, that allow riders to make reservations by phone or online. Some taxis even allow you to prepay for rides for other people, which is an ideal option when you need a door-to-door service or professional driver for a loved one or parent.
Clients can get transportation to and from errands and appointments from many home health and homemaking services. In Irving, senior transportation offerings are promoted by BrightStar Care, September Services, and Home Helpers online. There are several benefits to using a senior care service for rides, including assistance and companionship while shopping, the option to have the driver use their vehicle or yours, the freedom to make as many stops as you want along the way, and knowing your driver if they are also your caregiver.
In Irving, both Lyft and Uber operate. This means that retirees who are smartphone savvy or helpful loved ones can get rides on demand, obtain door-to-door services, and can set up rides in advance. However, you need to understand how their pricing works. For instance, during peak times like rush hour, surge pricing may kick in and dramatically increase costs.
More than 90 Metroplex agencies have teamed up to create My Ride Dallas, which helps seniors and people with disabilities gain access to transportation. The My Ride team can assist you in building a customized ride plan to get around town when you are having difficulties finding transportation with your schedule.
Golden agers can also get help finding safe rides from the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services. If you receive Medicaid in the Metroplex, you can call 1-855-687-3255 for advanced ride arrangements for medical care needs. Or, find out what is available near you by contacting the state’s Health and Human Services line at 2-1-1.
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