Access to safe, reliable, and affordable transportation is something most people take for granted. Many people are able walk out of their home and hop into their car parked in the driveway. Others walk a few blocks to the nearest bus stop and use public transit to get to their destination. These options simply are not available to many senior and disabled residents living in our communities. Limited financial resources, physical infirmities, or the lack of public transportation in rural areas are barriers which limit the mobility options of seniors and the disabled.
Council on Aging Partners
WRTA offers a curb-to-curb transit service for residents of Auburn, Clinton, Grafton, Holden, Leicester, Millbury, Northborough, Oxford, Shrewsbury and West Boylston who are aged 60 and over, and for people with disabilities of all ages. This is a shared-ride service that may make stops to pick up and drop off other passengers while you are on the way to your destination. Drivers receive training on a regular basis on the equipment they use and the people they serve. Service is provided with either a lift-equipped van or a taxi.
WRTA also contracts with SCM Elderbus, a private non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization to provide transportation services to seniors and the disabled residing in twenty-one communities in central Massachusetts. SCM Elderbus provides transportation to and from medical appointments, shopping, banking, trips to the local pharmacy, work related trips, or simply a ride to the local coffee shop to meet with friends.
More information about SCM Elderbus can be found here.