Thanks to its size, Savannah has a lot going for it, but when you do not have a vehicle or cannot drive safely, it can be hard getting around town. Thankfully, when you or your loved one do not drive, there is a variety of transportation solutions to pick from. In Savannah, you can get rides from taxi companies, service organizations, senior care providers, and public transportation.
Chatham Area Transit (CAT) offers public transportation throughout the Savannah metropolitan area. They run seven days a week and 90 percent of county residents are within walking distance of a bus route. CAT provides a Half-Fare Program that is available for seniors aged 65 and better. You can get half fares for day passes, monthly passes, or for one-way trips. All you have to do is present a valid CAT half-fare ID card, show up in a wheelchair, or present a Medicare Health Insurance Card. There is also free fare transportation in the Historic District on shuttle buses, streetcars, and ferries.
You might want to consider a taxi cab service when you need on-demand rides anywhere in Savannah, such as to and from the airport. You can make your reservations online or by phone when you hire one of the several licensed taxi companies in the city. Three of the highest rated businesses in the area are Chatham Cab, Yellow Cab, and SAVHH Airport Taxi. When you want to hire a professional driver or door-to-door service for a loved one, some taxi cabs will let you prepay for family members.
There are several Savannah homemaking and home health services that provide rides to and from errands and appointments. Right at Home, Griswold Special Care, and Home Instead Senior Care are a few of the top-rated home health care providers in the area who promote their transportation services online. You experience the following advantages when you pick a home care provider for rides: you have companionship and help while shopping, you can use their car or your own, you may know the driver if they are also your caregiver, and you can make as many stops as you want.
Both Uber and Lyft ride-sharing services operate within the Savannah area. You can get door-to-door service, get rides on-demand, or schedule advanced rides with just a few touches of your smartphone or the help of a tech-savvy loved one. Be sure to pay special attention to the fares since “surge pricing” can cause the prices to increase dramatically during peak times, such as rush hour.
The Georgia Area Agency on Aging website offers a search tool that makes it easy for you to find a variety of services geared to improving the quality of life of older adults, including non-emergency transportation services.
The Georgia Regional Transportation Authority can point you in the direction of ride services for people with restricted mobility. You can reach them at (404) 463-3000.
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