Due to the immense size of the Phoenix metro area, Scottsdale is a fun place to call home. However, if you cannot drive safely or do not have an automobile, getting around the city can be a pain. Fortunately, when you or your loved ones do not drive, there are many transportation options to pick from. In Scottsdale, you can get rides from taxi companies, service organizations, senior care providers, and public transit.
Scottsdale and the rest of the Greater Phoenix Metro Area are served by Valley Metro’s rail system and bus routes. There are reduced fares on local bus routes and light rail available for retirees who are at least 65 years of age. You just present your state ID card, Valley Metro Reduced Fare ID card, or your driver’s license to get your reduced fare. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements are met by all of the buses and light rail operated by Valley Metro. Plus, guide and service dogs are welcome on all vehicles.
You might want to contact a taxi company when you need on-demand transportation to and from the airport or elsewhere in Scottsdale. You can make reservations in advance online or over the phone when you hire one of the many area taxi companies, such as Discount Cab, Clean Air Cab, and ExecuCar. If you would like to assist a family member by hiring a professional driver or a door-to-door service, there are some taxi fleets that will allow you to prepay for others.
Several homemaking and home health organizations in Scottsdale give older adults transportation to and from appointments and errands. Some of the highest-rated home care businesses that promote their ride services online are I Need An Angel, Carefree Homecare Companion Service, and Visiting Angels. You should consider getting transportation from senior care providers because you get the option to make as many stops as you want along the way, you know who your driver is if they are also your caregiver, and you can use your car or the driver’s vehicle.
Both Uber and Lyft run within the city limits of Scottsdale. So, you or someone close to you who is smartphone-savvy can set up transportation in advance, obtain door-to-door service, and get rides on-demand. However, there are fluctuations in rates based on demand. For example, during peak times, like rush hour, there is “surge pricing,” which can cost you a lot more than less busy times.
There are several different resources on the website for the Arizona Department of Economic Security that you can utilize to find transportation. Older adults in the Phoenix area who need non-emergency transportation to work, medical care appointments, social activities, or more can get rides at little or no cost from the Arizona Bridge to Independent Living. Finally, golden agers with mobility problems can dial (602) 253-5000 to reach the Valley Metro’s Dial-A-Ride program.
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