It can be harder to get around town if you don’t have a car or aren’t able to drive any longer and this is a reality for many seniors in Sarasota. Luckily there are other options available that can make it easy to get to appointments, run errands, and anything else the might require a car. You can choose from a variety of options like public transportation or ride sharing services. No matter where you need to go, there is a way to get there.
SCAT is in charge of all bus routes that run through Sarasota County and there are a few different options for seniors when traveling on public transportation. First, there is a paratransit system that operates vehicles that can accommodate seniors with disabilities. This includes making additional stops and wheelchair access. Veterans can get a ride to two out-of-county medical facilities as long as they are registered for this service and make a reservation. Seniors 65 and older can get discounts on fares and seniors over the age of 80 can ride for free.
Uber is a ride-sharing service that operates in Sarasota and it is fairly simple to use. You can arrange for a ride to show up wherever you are by using the Uber app or going online. This can be done from anywhere so even if you don’t have a smartphone or computer, a loved one can arrange your ride. It’s important to note that their rates change throughout the day based on the demand for rides so during peak travel times it can cost more to get a ride.
If you don’t want to use a ride-sharing service you can use a taxi and still get door to door service. Many taxi companies allow you to call ahead of time to arrange a ride, so if you know you’re going to need a car this is an efficient service. There are a few different taxi services in Sarasota such as Yellow Cab, DownTown Taxi Service, and SRQ Driver and they offer rides in town and also to the airport.
Many in-home care providers will list transportation among their services and while this could mean a few different things, it is a good option when it comes to getting around. Some providers will offer transportation to errands or appointments while others will only offer incidental transportation. Either way, it is a good and safe way for many seniors to travel and Maxim Healthcare and Comfort Keepers are two providers in Sarasota that offer transportation.
Safe and Mobile Seniors has a resource page that lists all different kinds of transportation services throughout all of Florida all you have to do is enter your county and search for services near you. They also have resources for healthy mobility and safe transportation training for seniors.
ITNSuncoast is another option for senior transportation. They offer door to door service at discounted rates of $1.50 per mile and all payment is arranged beforehand so you do not have to travel with your fare. You do have to register as a member and pay a fee of $45 but they do have a program for low-income seniors if you meet all the requirements.
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