If you’re a senior that can no longer drive or don’t have the means to drive, you might feel like it’s impossible to get around Lexington. While not being able to drive can feel like a loss of freedom, Lexington has many other options for transportation from public transit to taxis to ridesharing services. There is some form of transportation for every budget and every situation and you can learn about a few of them here.
Lextran serves as the area transit authority and they handle all bus routes and information. They also have a few different programs that seniors can use to make their travel plans easier. LexConnects is a service you can use to transport a minimum of 10 senior riders during the day to any activity whether it’s lunch or a grocery shopping trip. There is also a door to door paratransit service, Wheels, that operates for those that have disabilities and to use it you must be screened and approved. Seniors 62 and older can also get a discounted rate for bus rides and everyone gets free transfers between buses.
Another door to door option is taxis, if you don’t qualify for paratransit service but need to go somewhere where public transportation isn't available. While taxis might be a little more expensive, some companies might offer a senior discount on fares. Lexington Taxi Cab Service, Taxi One of Lexington, and Lexington Taxi Cab are a few of the companies that run here in Lexington and they also allow you to call and schedule a ride if that is more convenient for you.
You can also use ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft, both of which operate in Lexington. All you have to do is use their app or go online and arrange for a car to come pick you up wherever you are. Even if you don’t have a smartphone or computer, a family member who does can arrange the ride for you even if they aren’t there with you. Be aware that fares will change throughout the day and due to surge charging will be more expensive during peak travel times like before or after work.
If you use a caregiver in your home, they most likely will offer some type of transportation service which might include running errands or dropping off at medical appointments or incidental transportation only. This option can give everyone peace of mind because you aren’t in the car with a stranger and if you happen to have an emergency, you are in the care of a professional. In Lexington, providers like Senior Helpers of the Bluegrass, Home Helpers, and Comfort Keepers all offer transportation services.
If you need assistance with finding transportation options or need to find the best option for your situation and your budget you can contact the Lexington Senior Center at 859-278-6072 and talk with a professional who can help you find exactly what you need.
Bluegrass Ultra-Transit Services operates Monday through Saturday and can take seniors anywhere throughout the county. You will have to call in advance to schedule a ride and there is a $5.00 minimum charge. You can call 800-456-6588 for more information or book a ride.
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