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TRANSPORTATION TIPS

 

In addition to the VillageRides program, a number of other transportation options are available to Montgomery County residents, including the following:


Connect-a-Ride 
is a free program for adults 50+ and/or with disabilities.  Call 301-738-3252 Monday to Friday (9:00-5:00) or email ConnectARide@accessJCA.org.  Trained staff will provide information about both public and private transportation resources.  Please be aware that specialists often speak with callers at length, so you may need to leave a message and get a call back.


Metro and Ride On:
 Anyone 65 or over can purchase a Senior SmarTrip card to ride Metro (rail and bus) and Ride On buses at discounted rates.  Note: Bus trips (Metrobus and Ride On) are free between the non-peak hours of 9:30 am and 3:00 pm and 8:30 am - 4:00 pm Saturday for anyone with a Senior SmarTrip or a Medicard ID!  A valid government-issued picture ID and a $2.00 fee are required to obtain a Senior SmarTrip card.  The closest location to purchase a card is the Paul Sarbanes Transit Station, Level 2, at 8404 Colesville Road, by the Silver Spring Metro. For more information and a link to additional locations, go to http://www.wmata.com/fares/smartrip/senior.cfm.


Metro Access
 provides shared-ride, door-to-door transportation for people unable to use public transportation due to a disability, and is available seven days a week.  Call 301-562-5360 or go to the website at www.wmata.com/accessibillity/metroaccess_service for details about eligibility and service.


Call-n-Ride 
offers discounted taxi trips for residents age 67+ and adults with disabilities who meet income eligibility requirements.  For information, call 301-948-5409.


Senior Connection
 provides free rides to those 62 and older, primarily to medical appointments, using volunteer drivers.  Call 301-962-0820, go to www.seniorconnectionmc.org/learn-more/, or email info@seniorconnectionmc.org.


Free Transportation to Senior Centers:
  Seniors of any income level are eligible to use curb-to-curb transportation to the five Montgomery County Recreation Senior Centers.  Riders must live within a defined service area of the center.  Call 240-777-4924 for details.

For more details on transportation options for older adults, those on Medicare and Medicaid, and people with disabilities, go to https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/senior/transportation.html or http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/HHS-Program/ADS/Transportation/Directory.html.  

To request a hard copy of the 62-page Transportation Network Directory for People with Disabilities and Adults 50+, contact Shawn at 240-777-1350 or email shawn.brennan@montgomerycountymd.gov.