As a Phoenix senior, you have access to a number of transportation options that are both affordable and convenient. Local agencies make it easy to connect with transit services throughout the city and find the ride that’s right for you.
Valley Metro buses and light rail services help countless residents of the Greater Phoenix Metro Area to get around town each day. Reduced fares are available for students, disabled individuals and the elderly. Seniors over the age of 65 may provide proof of eligibility for reduced fare rates through a driver’s license, a state ID or a Valley Metro Reduced Fare ID card. Medicare cardholders may also apply for reduced fares when traveling.
Dial-a-Ride is a safe and convenient Valley Metro service that is available to elderly and disabled individuals living in East Valley, Glendale, Peoria, Northwest Valley and the Downtown area. If you are physically incapable of using your local bus or rail service, you may be able to secure a more accessible means of transportation through Dial-A-Ride paratransit services. To find out more, you can call Valley Metro at (602) 716-2100.
Hiring a cab is an easy way to get around town when you’re pressed for time. You can reserve a taxi ahead of time or hire one on-demand 24 hours a day by phone or online. Licensed Phoenix cab companies such as Yellow Cab and VIP Taxi provide sedans and vans to help locals get around town and to the airport. Eco-friendly companies such as Discount Cab transport patrons using hybrid vehicles in order to reduce their carbon footprint.
If you are a Phoenix senior over the age of 65, you can save on transportation costs through the city’s Senior Cab program. Older adults and disabled individuals can purchase up to $80 worth of taxi vouchers each month in order to reduce their yearly transportation expenditures. Dialysis patients can also save up to $15 on each one-way trip to and from their nearest treatment center. Seniors living at home can hire curbside transportation assistance from a trained caregiver through local home health agencies such as BrightStar and Heritage Home Healthcare & Hospice.
Are you looking for a quick ride at an affordable price? Phoenix ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft are a popular alternative to the bus, the light rail system, and local cab companies. User-friendly smartphone apps make it easy to book and pay for your ride in just minutes, even allowing you to track your driver as they arrive. Ridesharing prices are generally lowest during off-peak hours and higher during rush hour.
Valley Metro offers a number of resources designed to help you find the fastest public transportation route available, no matter where you plan to travel. The online eTransitBook and eSchedule tools help travelers to keep up-to-date with transit information, while the the Ridekick app allows passengers to plan a trip, book tickets, and even access arrival information in real time. For more information about local transportation options available exclusively to seniors, Phoenix residents can contact the Maricopa County Area Agency on Aging toll-free at (888) 783-7500.
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