Pittsburgh is an exciting place to live because it has great places to visit in every corner of the city. Someone who doesn’t have a car, or isn’t able to drive might feel like it’s too challenging to go where they want when they want. Luckily, if you or someone you love doesn’t drive, you can still use one of the many transportation providers in the city to get where you’re going. Pittsburgh has a public transportation system, several taxi services, organizations that provide transportation specifically for seniors, and ride sharing services who can all assist with your city-wide travel needs.
The Port Authority of Allegheny County offers public transportation services to residents and visitors in Pittsburgh and the surrounding county. Their fleet includes over 700 buses and 80 light rail vehicles, and they offer transportation in the city by bus, HOV tunnel, incline, and on the light rail system known as the "T." Seniors with a Medicare care and persons with disabilities are eligible to receive a Reduced Fare ConnectCard by applying at the Port Authority's Downtown Service Center. In addition, seniors who have visited the service center and obtained their Senior Citizen ID Card ride at no charge anytime on the bus, T or Mon Incline through a program paid for by the Pennsylvania State Lottery. The Port Authority also manages the ACCESS program, a door-to-door transportation service for seniors or those with disabilities within the county. Call 412-562-5353 for more information.
If you need on-demand transportation to get you to the airport or somewhere in the city, there are several local taxi companies you can call. Pittsburgh Transportation Group and Tony Williams Car Service are two of many in the area that allow you to arrange a ride in advance, or schedule a driver on an as-needed basis. Many local companies will also allow you to pay for the ride ahead of time, making it easy to arrange transportation for a parent or loved one who needs it.
Pittsburgh health and homemaking providers will often times include transportation as one of the services they offer to clients. Providers like BrightStar and Home Instead Senior Care can arrange to have a caregiver drive to appointments, run errands, attend social events, or plan an outing. What’s more, the caregiver is then available to help once you reach your destination, like at a grocery store or pharmacy. Every provider has slightly different service offerings, so be sure to call and inquire about what’s available in your area.
The new transportation sensation, ride-sharing services, are popular in Pittsburgh. Uber and Lyft both have drivers in the city, and tech-savvy seniors can download the mobile app to schedule advanced rides or request an immediate pick-up. The rates vary based on the time of day and the demand of the drivers, so be sure to familiarize yourself with the fees and be prepared to pay more during peak travel hours due to “surge pricing.”
The Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging can help you find the right match for your transportation needs. Call their senior helpline at 412-350-5460 or 800-344-4319 to speak with someone about the programs offered to seniors in your area.
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