When you have errands to run or an appointment to get to in Knoxville, you might feel stranded if you don’t have access to a car or can’t drive. This is the reality for many seniors but it doesn’t have to be a big worry because there are plenty of transportation options in Knoxville. You can choose public transportation, taxis or even a ride-sharing service according to your situation and budget. Here is a rundown of a few of your options.
Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) is in charge of all public transportation in the city of Knoxville, which includes buses, trolleys, and their paratransit service. LIFT is their program for seniors who have disabilities and it is able to accommodate passengers in wheelchairs who can’t take the fixed route buses. This service will operate curb to curb so you can get to your destination safely. Seniors can also take advantage of KAT’s travel training which helps you learn how to plan a route, signal to get off the bus, and pay for fares. Seniors 65 and older pay half fares, you just need to have a valid KAT I.D. card.
Knoxville also has a few taxi services that you can use if you need to go somewhere that is not on a bus route or if you prefer to ride alone. All Right Taxi, Knoxville Taxi Cab, and Knoxville World Class Taxi Service all operate in Knoxville. If you call ahead, you can arrange for a taxi to come pick you up wherever you are. While taxis can be a little more expensive than public transportation, a few companies might offer a senior discount.
Ride-sharing services like Uber are becoming more popular and offer door-to-door service rather than a fixed route. Uber operates in Knoxville and all you need to do to arrange a ride is use their app or go online and enter your information. If you don’t have a smartphone or a computer, a family member can arrange these rides for you even if they aren’t with you. Be aware that Uber fares work a little differently than taxis and will be more expensive during peak travel times.
A lot of seniors use an in-home caregiver and many providers offer some type of transportation in their services. This could include appointments, grocery shopping, or other errands but it could be just for emergencies only. Either way, it is a nice service to have because you can travel with someone you know.
The Office on Aging in Knoxville offers a volunteer assisted transportation service for seniors 65 and older. This service can help seniors with disabilities get safely to:
Doctor appointments Grocery shopping Social Trips Anywhere in Knoxville County
There is a small fee to use this service ($3.00 one-way) but they also offer sliding scale fees for people based on their income and needs. All you have to do to apply for this service is call 865-673-5001.
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