Washington, D.C. is a bustling city, which can make driving around town a difficult task. Luckily, local transportation services make it easy for seniors and disabled individuals to get around town without a car.
Public transportation options make it easy for D.C. residents to get to work, the store, the doctor’s office, or just about anywhere else during the day. The Metrorail and Metrobus systems both offer reduced fares for seniors over the age of 65 and individuals with disabilities, including half-priced rail tickets during peak hours and bus tickets for less than a dollar. The Senior SmarTrip card helps frequent travelers to pay Metrorail and bus fares quickly and conveniently.
Some seniors have trouble riding the bus or the train due to age, illness or disability. MetroAccess and TransportDC provide a way for elderly and disabled passengers to travel comfortably throughout Washington D.C., offering convenient door-to-door pickup and dropoff services. Rides must be booked in advance either online or by calling 301-562-5360.
Order a cab online or over the phone from one of D.C.’s premier cab companies, including DC Taxi Transportation and Yellow Cab. Many companies offer wheelchair accessible vehicles to accommodate handicapped customers. You can calculate your fare online to find the company that offers the lowest rates in your area. Whether you need immediate transportation or want to book a trip in advance, local cab companies have got you covered.
In addition to discounted Metrobus and Metrorail fares, D.C. seniors have access to inexpensive transportation services that are available exclusively to the elderly. The Seabury Connector is a free bus service that helps city residents over the age of 60 to reach medical and social service appointments free of charge. Local seniors can also join the Connector on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a group shopping trip. Eligible D.C. residents may be able to obtain a ConnectCard through the Seabury Connector’s Call ‘N’ Ride program, which subsidizes participating ground transportation services based on a sliding fee scale. Certain home health agencies also offer rides to seniors who need help getting around town for errands and appointments.
Over the past few years, ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft have become a popular alternative to other forms of on-demand transportation. Passengers are able to book a nearby ride in just minutes, and payment is cashless. Rates vary throughout the day, with higher surge pricing taking effect during peak travelling hours.
To learn more about booking reduced rate Metro tickets and paratransit services, visit the Transit Accessibility Center at 600 Fifth Street NW or call (202) 962-2700 to speak with a representative. TTY services for the hearing impaired can be reached at (202) 628-8973. The Metro’s online Trip Planner tool can help you to streamline your journey from the convenience of your computer or mobile device. For more information about specialty senior transportation services in your area, contact the DC Office on Aging at 500 K Street NE or by phone at (202) 724-5622.
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