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 or for HandiTransit Phone 204 986-5722.
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.
Driving Programs- Volunteer Driver Programs
River East Rides for Seniors 204-667-6812
Rides are available in North and East Kildonan and Elmwood Monday - Friday during the daytime. Donation amounts are suggested to cover car expenses.
Care Giving with Confidence
Ring-a-Ride Program 204-452-9491 or view website http://caregivingwithconfidence.org/
Offers older adults in the community get to appointments and social outings with the help of a volunteer driver. They are not able to provide transportation to clients with wheelchairs. There is a one time administrative fee of $20.00 to become a Ring-A-Ride client, and a flat fee of $10.00 (subject to change) be given to the volunteer for the use of their vehicle and gas. Clients are also responsible for paying any additional parking or related fees.
*Ring-A-Ride program users must live within postal codes R3L,R3M,R3N,R3P and R3T.
Subsidized & Specialized Transportation
Canadian Cancer Society - Volunteer Driver Program 204-787-4121
Provides transportation to ambulatory cancer patients receiving active cancer treatments who have no other options. Fees are applied monthly.
1-866-522-2122 Will reimburse veterans for trips to medical appointments.
Maple Leaf Transit - 204-487-7000
Special needs and wheelchair transportation. 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Assistance with transfers, bags, groceries. Transportation available out of Winnipeg, to medical appointments, social activities and outings.
204-783-7881 Safe and comfortable transportation with an attendant's care.
Vehicle and Senior Driving Programs
Driver Licensing for Older Adults at risk drivers 204-985-1900
The Mature Driver
204-949-1085 Offers driver educations for older drivers
Transportation Network Options for Seniors (T.O.N.S.)
Informs and educates Manitoban on transportation options.
phone 204-799-1788 or view website http://tonsmb.org/