Transportation Options for Seniors
Seniors of all ages often want to remain mobile throughout retirement. Accessible transportation isn’t always easy to find. Below, you’ll find a breakdown of transportation options for seniors who don’t drive, including the pros and cons of each option.
Public Transportation Routes
Public transportation is a relatively inexpensive way to get around most cities. The pros of public transportation include low fares, and the reliability of routes. Disadvantages include a need to live near city routes, and have to walk to the stops. Click here for Winnipeg Transit Service.
Taxi services are a good option for seniors. Benefits of taxi services include picking you up at your home, as-needed scheduling and one-on-one assistance which can be helpful if you are carrying items or have a walker or cane. The biggest disadvantage of taxi services is the cost when compared to public transit.
Find traditional taxi services in your area by starting with the phone book http://www.yellowpages.ca/search/si/1/Taxis/Winnipeg+MB or a Google search online. Browsing listings online lets you read reviews; making it more likely you connect with a quality company and find out about accessibility options.
Organizations such as community centers, churches, and nonprofits often run volunteer driving programs. Individuals volunteer to drive others to and from medical appointments or on errands. The benefit of such programs is that the organization has usually provided at least basic vetting of volunteers, so you can ride with less risk and without any cost to you. The disadvantage is that volunteer time is usually limited, so you have to schedule rides well in advance and you might not always have a ride when you need it.
For information about volunteer driving programs in your area,
HandiTransit - Phone 204 986-5722 or view www.winnipegtransit.com.