Louisville has lots of fun things to see and do from one end of the city to the other. While this makes it a fun place to be, it can be challenging if you don’t have your own car or the ability to drive to get around town. Fortunately, Louisville has a number of alternative transportation options that make it simple to get to where you want to go. It doesn’t matter if you prefer public transportation, a driver from a taxi service, help from a senior-specific provider, or using a ride-sharing service, you’ll find an option in Louisville to get your from point A to point B.
The Transit Authority of River City manages the public transportation to the Greater Louisville area including buses that go to Jefferson, Bullitt, and Oldham counties in the state, and Clark and Floyd counties in Indiana. The system of over 230 buses and 41 routes throughout the area provides a ride to anywhere you’re looking to go. All of the buses are wheelchair accessible and have ramps and priority seating for seniors. Seniors over the age of 65 are eligible for discounted fares on a daily rate and a 10-ride package with a valid ID.
TARC also runs a few speciality programs, including Shopper Shuttles and the Job Hunter Bus that offer even more transportation options. Additionally, the TARC3 Paratransit Service is available to individuals with a disability who need additional transportation options outside of the traditional bus routes. Passengers need to apply and qualify to use this service. Call (502) 213-3217 to speak with someone about the program.
Another popular option for point to point transport in Louisville are the licensed taxi companies in the city. There are many to choose from including Yellow Cab, Green and Orange Cab, and Ready Cab who will pick you up anywhere you live and drop you off at places like the airport or doctor. Most companies allow you to book both online and over the phone, and you can typically schedule a driver in advance or on an immediate as needed basis. A number of area companies will also accept pre-payment of a fare when you schedule the ride, which this makes it simple to arrange a driver for a parent or loved one and take care of all of the details for them.
Many of the area providers of homemaking or in-home health services will offer transportation services as an option. For example, Bright Star Care can help with transportation to medical appointments, to visit friends and family, to run errands and go shopping, or to plan an outing for the day around town. In many cases, the caregiver providing the transportation is also able to assist you once you're at your destination as well.
Both of the trendy new ride-sharing services, Uber and Lyft, are available in Louisville. Passengers can download the app and schedule door to door transportation in advance or on demand by one of the company drivers. The pricing structure is based on supply and demand, so be on the lookout for the increased fees that come with “surge pricing” during busy travel times.
The West Area Agency on Aging works with area seniors to both identify and provide transportation options that best serve your needs in the area. Call 1-855-642-0060 for more information.
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