TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS FOR
OLDER ADULTS IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)
Provides reduced fares to seniors on public transportation. The Senior SmarTrip® card for citizens age 65 and older enables seniors to get a discounted fare on Metrobus and Metrorail.
Transit Accessibility Center (Lobby Level)
600 Fifth Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Tel.: 1-888-762-7874; TTY: 703-620-8782
A commercial service that seeks to provide rides to seniors 60 years of age or older more cheaply than regular cabs. Rides available to 100 miles in any direction within 15 minutes of calling from a regular phone. Up to four persons can share the car at no additional cost.
Takes seniors 60 and older to medical appointments including dialysis and cancer treatment, as well as personal business related to public benefits such as Social Security, housing assistance and the Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Provides curb to curb services offered by minivans that also pick up other passengers. There is no charge to ride, but enrollment is required. This service is provided by Seabury Resources for Aging.
Call 'N' Ride/ConnectorCard Program
Provides older adults, age 60 and over, with a debit card that can be used for ground transportation services to the destination of their choice. This includes but is not limited to taxi services, public transit fare cards, private transportation services, and intercity bus and rail services. This service is provided by Seabury Resources for Aging.
The amount of subsidy provided through the card is based on a sliding fee scale. This service helps individuals travel to medical and/or personal appointments at their convenience. Connector cards can only be used with transportation providers that accept Visa-branded debit cards as a form of payment.
MetroAccess, a service of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, is a shared-ride, door-to-door, paratransit service for people whose disability prevents them from using bus or rail. MetroAccess operates 7 days a week, 365 days a year, covering the same service areas as Metrorail and Metrobus. To determine if an individual is eligible to use MetroAccess, an application must be completed and certified by a health care professional.
Tel.: 301-562-5360; TTY: 301-588-7535
Transport DC provides an alternative transportation service for MetroAccess customers by offering customers door-to-door taxicab or wheelchair accessible taxicab service at a nominal charge to and from medical and employment destinations in the District. Transport DC provides unrestricted rides for the first 15 days of the month and rides only for employment and medical services during the remainder of the month. Booking requests are granted based on availability. Passengers may take up to two additional passengers at no extra cost. The hours of operation are 24 hours a day/7 days a week. A Metro Access ID is required.