The decision about how to best get around safely is made a little easier when you are aware of community transportation options that can help meet your needs. Many older Ohioans are fortunate to live in communities with transportation options. These can include:
- Free or low-cost driver training for mature drivers;
- Convenient and safe walking paths to shopping and health care;
- Public transit (including bus routes and taxi service);
- Senior transportation programs; and
- Ride-sharing options like Uber and Lyft.
Cost and access can be barriers to transportation for some older adults. Your community may offer programs that help older adults make essential trips to medical appointments, business errands, shopping, and other activities. These services may be free, supported by donations, or have a sliding-scale fee based on your ability to pay. Options vary by community. They can include direct services, such as bus and car rides, or financial assistance, such as bus passes or taxi vouchers.
Your area agency on aging or senior center can help you identify available transportation services in your area and that are right for your situation.