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Additional Senior Resources

Standard Transportation Providers 
 
Greater San Antonio Transportation Company (Yellow Cab) provides on-demand transportation services to the Alamo area. Wheelchair accessible vehicles are available but must be requested at the time of the reservation. Fares vary based on distance and travel time. Call (210) 222-2222 or visit www.yellowcabsa.com

Star Cab provides on-demand transportation services in the Alamo Area. Please request wheelchair accessible vehicles if needed. Fares are based on distance and travel time. Call (210) 444-1111 to schedule a ride.  

VIA Metropolitan Transit currently operates 93 fixed bus routes along 900 miles of roadway within Bexar County seven days a week. You can get your bus pass online or at any of the VIA transit centers. Call VIA at (210) 362-2020, TTY (210) 362-2019, or Toll Free 1-866-362-2020 to learn more about bus passes, schedules, fares and route information or go to www.viainfo.net

Para-Transit Options
 
Presa Community Center provides transportation services through-out Bexar County for those who are unable to drive or use public transportation. Registration is required to participate. Elderly and persons with disabilities can use this shared-ride service to make medical appointments, shop for their weekly groceries or attend to other errands. Reservations should be booked at least two weeks in advance, or as soon as the date and time of appointment is known.
Please call (210) 532-5554 or visit www.presa.org

Greater Randolph Area Services Program (GRASP) offers accessible transportation services for local area seniors and people with disabilities. GRASP serves residents living in Windcrest, Converse, Live Oak, Universal City, Schertz, Cibolo, Kirby and Selma. Rides can be scheduled for grocery shopping, medical appointments, to the GRASP community center, or other special trips. Trips must be scheduled in advance. Fees range according to distance and other fees may apply if the driver is required to wait at the destination. For additional information or to make a reservation, please call (210) 658-6351 or visit www.grasp211.org

Support Services for the Elderly Project (SSEP), administered through the City of San Antonio Department of Community Initiatives (DCI), provides specialized, door-to-door para-transit services to persons 60 years and older, primarily for trips to essential medical appointments, Social Security, Food Stamp and legal assistance offices, the grocery store, pharmacy, and the bank. Para-transit services are provided on a space available basis. The service is free; however, donations are encouraged. For additional information or to schedule a ride, please call the reservation line at (210) 207-6680 or visit www.sanantonio.gov/communit/Senior TransportationSupportServices.aspx
 
VIAtrans is an advanced-reservation, curb-to-curb, shared-ride service available to persons with disabilities who meet ADA eligibility and medical assessment criteria. VIAtrans also provides a subscription service for individuals with recurring transportation needs. Subscription trips must be taken from the same place, to the same location, at the same time, on the same day(s) of the week at least three days a week. The VIAtrans application can be obtained from the VIA Accessible Services Office by calling (210) 362-2140 or by downloading from the VIA website at www.viainfo.net
 
Medical Transportation Options 
 
American Cancer Society Road to Recovery Program provides free transportation to and from treatment centers for people who have cancer and who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves. For more information on how to enroll and to schedule service, please call Toll-Free 1-877-227-1618. 
  
The Alamo Area Resource Center (AARC) provides door-to-door transportation for people living with HIV in San Antonio and the surrounding area to medical appointments. Call (210) 358-9995 or toll-free 1-800-308-2437. 

Texas Department of Health & Human Services/Medical Transportation Program authorizes and arranges transportation for all categorically eligible Medicaid recipients to access covered health care services. Call toll-free 1-877-633-8747 or (210) 646-3042.  
 
Surrounding County Service
 
Alamo Regional Transit (ART) provides low-cost transportation services to the general public in the eleven rural counties in the Alamo region: Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, McMullen, Medina, Wilson. ART is a demand- response service that provides curb-to-curb or door-to-door service for those that need assistance to various types of services and appointments including medical, educational, work, and shopping. Reservations are required at least one day in advance. Fares vary depending on the pickup and destination requested. For more information and to schedule a ride call toll-free 1-866-889-7433 or visit www.aacog.com/art
 
Supplemental Programs

Bus Discounts for Seniors 62+ obtain your Reduced Fare ID and details about weekend service at all VIA's Information Centers, except Randolph and Ingram locations. Call (210) 362-2020 or TTY: (210) 362-2019 for a location near you! 

Certified Auto Ride in an Emergency Program (CARE) The CARE program is also known as the guaranteed ride home. For a low annual fee, you can receive up to four free cab rides each year (up to 30 miles within the Alamo region), when an emergency arises. To qualify for the CARE program, you must carpool, vanpool, or take the bus at least three times a week. Call (210) 362-5213 for more information. 

VIA Van Pool provides 7, 12 and 15 passenger model vans which can be rented month-to-month (the more passengers, the cheaper the cost). At least 6 people share the ride to work, while splitting the cost of van rental and fuel. One member of the group drives and maintains the van in return for riding free. For more information about the vanpool service and with help recruiting passengers, contact the VIA Vanpool Service at (210) 362-2555.  

VIA’s Travel Training program is available to assist customers using the fixed route bus service. With this program, VIAtrans customers have the opportunity to work with a trainer to learn how to use public transportation on a individualized level. Generally, the travel trainer will accompany and/or assist the customer on trips until the customer has met their goal. For more information, please contact VIA’s Accessible Services Office at (210) 362-2147. 

Note to Workers: If you are currently employed, ask if your employer offers free bus passes to employees!


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