Seniors and persons with disabilities have more options to get where you need to go. Capital Metro provides reduced fare prices for those who are eligible, and free or low-cost options are also available for travel assistance and delivery services for meals or groceries.
Senior & Medical Transport Services
Tools & Resources
- Capital Metro - seniors 65 and over, Medicare card holders, active-duty military personnel, and persons with qualifying disabilities qualify for the Reduced Fare ID Card, valid for two years.
- MetroAccess – a demand-response, shared-ride service for people whose disabilities prevent them from riding regular bus and rail service. This para-travel option is part of Capital Metro’s services and is ADA compliant.
- Yellow Cab Austin - Fares for wheelchair-accessible Yellow Cab vehicles are the same as fares for standard Yellow Cab vehicles, and up to three additional passengers can ride at no additional charge. Wheelchair-accessible vehicles are equipped with fully-modified, lowered-floor entry access.
- CARTS – All buses and vans at CARTS are wheelchair accessible. When scheduling, mention that you require this service and any type of assistance you might need, or if someone will be traveling to assist you. Persons with disabilities are also entitled to discounted fares when traveling on CARTS.
- CARTS Medical Transportation – CARTS provides medical transportation for people using Texas Health Steps and other Medicaid programs. These services are free and can be arranged through the Texas Department of Health and Human Services at 1-877-MED-TRIP.
- The HOP – A regional public transit system operating in Central Texas, The HOP offers Special Transit Service (STS) which often connects with the Fixed Route Service for passengers with disabilities. The HOP also partners with many social service agencies to provide transportation to their clients.
- Drive a Senior – Founded on the premise that seniors lead happier, healthier lives through independent living, Drive a Senior matches volunteer drivers with seniors who need a ride.
- Senior Access – Founded in 1993, Senior Access connects volunteer drivers to seniors to provide free transportation and support services enhancing independence and quality of life for all.
- Senior Transportation - As part of the Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s Senior Support Services, Senior Transportation offers several services for adults 60 years or older in the greater Austin area. Their goal is to provide a special system of transportation to enhance the quality of life and promote independence.
- St. David’s Rehabilitation Center – Comprehensive driver evaluation and training program for those concerned that medical or age-related functional difficulties may be hampering their ability to drive a vehicle. Therapists use data from clinical tests and driving tests to determine the patient’s level of competency. Recommendations may include advanced driver training or the need to defer from driving.
- Senior Driving Courses - Senior drivers can benefit from follow-up driving instruction and information about changes in driving habits that will help them feel safe on the road. AARP, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are resources for more information.
- VetRides – assists veterans and their families with transportation to and from VA hospitals, clinics, veteran’s services offices, pharmacies, grocery, and retail stores. Eligibility for VetRides is limited to honorably discharged veterans in Burnet, Llano, and Lampasas counties.
- American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery - sponsored by the Austin Metro Area American Cancer Society, volunteers use their own vehicles to transport persons with cancer for cancer treatment and some medical appointments.
- Handicap Parking Permits - Handicap parking on a temporary (6 months) or permanent (4-year renewal cycle) basis is available to individuals who have an approved handicap placard or handicap license plate. The permit is convenient to use when the passenger is riding in other vehicles, too.
- Meals on Wheels – In addition to home-delivered meals, this organization also offers transportation by volunteer drivers to medical appointments and grocery shopping. Other programs they offer to help Central Texans age in place include in-home care, specialized care for veterans, helping seniors care for their pets, home repair and maintenance, respite care for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s, and telehealth treatment for depression.
- City of Austin’s Congregate Meal Program – The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department partners with Meals on Wheels and More for the delivery of meals to recreation and senior activity centers throughout Austin. In addition to lunch, participants share social and recreational activities and receive additional benefits such as nutrition education, health and welfare counseling, and information and referral services.
- Texas Health and Human Services – Find assistance for health, housing, employment, food benefits, caregivers, and more for seniors and persons with disabilities, as well as families in need.
News & Media
- Do Your Heart a Favor: Try an Active Commute February 12, 2019
- Check out Cedar Park’s ‘Heads Up’ Campaign February 5, 2019
- Virgin steers talk of high-speed trains between Austin, San Antonio, and Houston February 1, 2019