Tempe is a fun place to call home thanks to the immense size of the Phoenix metro area. Yet, getting around Tempe can be hard if you do not have an automobile or you cannot drive safely. Luckily, there are many ride alternatives when you or your spouse do not drive. You can get transportation from service groups, public transit, taxis, and senior care providers in Tempe.
Valley Metro runs bus routes and a rail system that serve Arizona State University and Downtown Tempe as well as the rest of the Greater Phoenix Metro Area. Seniors aged 65 years and older are eligible for reduced fares on local light rail and bus routes. To get your reduced fare, just present your driver’s license, state ID card or Valley Metro Reduced Fare ID card. All of the light rail and buses comply with the requirements set out by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. Also, service and guide dogs are welcome on transit.
If you need an on-demand way to get around Tempe, such as to and from the airport, you should consider calling a taxi service. The town is home to a wide selection of licensed taxi companies that allow you to make reservations over the phone or online in advance. Clean Air Cab, ExecuCar, and Real London Bus are a few of the top-rated businesses. You may be able to prepay with some local taxi fleets if you are looking to help a loved one by hiring a door-to-door service or professional driver.
Seniors can get rides to and from appointments from many local home health and homemaking organizations. Home Helpers, ComForCar Home Care, and Easter Seals AZ are a few of the highly-rated home care companies that advertise their transportation services online. You get the following benefits when you use a senior care provider for rides: help and companionship while shopping, the option to use your driver’s car or your own, the freedom to make as many stops as you want along the way, and knowing who your driver is if they are also your caregiver.
Within the city limits of Tempe, both Lyft and Uber run. This means you can obtain transportation on-demand, set up rides in advance, and get door-to-door service if you or someone close to you is savvy with a smartphone. However, you should beware of the fluctuation in rates. For instance, “surge pricing” during peak times, such as rush hour, can cost you a bit more than during slower times.
The Arizona Department of Economic Security has a number of resources on their website that you can use to help find a ride. The Arizona Bridge to Independent Living supplies non-emergency rides to social activities, jobs, health care appointments and more to seniors in the Phoenix area at little or no cost. Lastly, Valley Metro has a Dial-A-Ride program for older adults with mobility issues. Just call (602) 253-5000.
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