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Getting Around Town

Getting Around Town

 Learn about the different transportation options available in New York for seniors and the disabled.

Transportation can be a tricky thing to maneuver when options begin to change or be eliminated for those in their older years or due to a new medical condition. Some people may be used to driving themselves whenever and wherever they need to go, only to have that option now become unavailable–whether for health or other reasons. Others may have relied on public transportation their whole life, but now face new challenges to accessibility that prevent old options from being available.

For New Yorkers navigating new transportation needs and requirements, there are programs and agencies out there to provide help and support.

Private Drivers

These are drivers hired to take you anywhere you need to go. Terms and prices should be decided up front with both parties to ensure everyone is on the same page about what is expected and needed. Driving services like these are paid out-of-pocket, and not offered through any New York state or city government program.

Transportation to Appointments

There are local services that offer transportation to destinations like the doctor’s office, nutrition sites, or other necessary locations. This service is provided to those age 60 and older. If you would like to find a transportation provider in your area, call 311 or visit this website.

Some senior centers  may offer transportation from their center to outside appointments or destinations. These options vary depending on the center and care.

Reduced Fare Transportation

Residents 65 and older qualify for reduced fares for subways and busses in New York. A Reduced Fare Metrocard can be obtained by showing a Medicaid card or other proof of age. For traveling longer distances, try contacting your airline or transportation company to see if they offer discounts for seniors.


This service provides transportation to people who cannot access mass transit because of a disability. Access-A-Ride operators are private carriers who have contracts with New York City, and the fee to utilize these services is currently $2.75, the same as the fare for a public bus or subway ride. For more information on this program, or to apply for this service, visit the Access-A-Ride page on

Other Things to Consider

For those who are no longer driving, a state-issued ID can be purchased from the DMV or some Local Offices for the Aging.

In addition, for family members of aging drivers, this is an important time to offer extra support and care to help with the transition. The Office for the Aging has put together a helpful handbook that covers multiple areas concerning family members and older drivers, including where to find help, driving safety, and coping with changes.
For questions about transportation in regards to your loved one, or for those accompanying care for the elderly, feel free to contact us for more information and resources specific to your location.




About the Author

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Faigie Horowitz

Faigie Horowitz, MS serves as director of communication at Caring Professionals. She advocates for the senior population on the state level and writes about senior and caregiver issues. She is a columnist for several periodicals. She has spent decades in nonprofit management and serves as a lay leader and founder of several community organizations.

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