Other Transportation Programs
Many Councils on Aging have vans that offer local transportation. Please contact your local COA to learn more about their transportation options. They are there to assist you.
According to the CDC in 2020, there were almost 48 million licensed drivers ages 65 and older in the United States. This is a 68% increase since 2000. Driving helps older adults stay mobile and independent. There are steps that older adults can take to stay safer on the roads. One way is to plan for your transportation retirement. Use the CDC's My Mobility Plan to learn what you can do to stay independent.
You may also find the booklet Before You Give Up the Keys, Create a Roadmap for Transportation Independence helpful when planning your future transportation needs.
Massachusetts Ride Match
Massachusetts Ride Match is a one-stop searchable directory of public, private and accessible transportation options in Massachusetts.
Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority
The Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority (MVRTA) Office of Special Services provides an array of transportation services to include the following: ADA and Non-ADA EZ Trans services – small vans. Everyone over 60 can apply for Non-ADA EZ Trans. Others with cognitive and physical disabilities can receive an ADA EZ Trans. There is a wide offering of service hours. You must be pre-approved, but there is no cost to apply. Sign up today.
American Cancer Society Road to Recovery
The American Cancer Society Road to Recovery program provides transportation to and from treatment for people with cancer who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves.
Right at Home - Senior Transportation Services
Right at Home also offers another option for transportation by partnering with a national transportation provider: Right at Home Transport, powered by Lyft.
Go Go Grandparent
GoGoGrandparent connects seniors to ride sharing services like Lyft. Soon we'll be doing the same thing for meals, groceries and medicine. We want to make a virtual caregiving platform that delays or even ends the need to hire a caregiving agency or move into a retirement community.
Lively Senior Ride Service
Do you have a Jitterbug phone? If so, check out Lively Senior Ride Service by Lyft, the easy-to-use ride service that’s more convenient and affordable than a taxi. It’s a partnership with Lyft, the trusted, nationwide car service. Simply dial "0" on any Jitterbug phone to request a ride from a live Personal Operator who'll provide an estimate before you book your ride. And because the fare will be added to your next Lively bill, there’s no need to tip or carry cash.
Call an Uber
Customers can dial 833-USE-UBER (873-8237) to speak with an Uber agent in English or Spanish to request or reserve a ride. The service is available 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET nationwide. Once a trip request has been accepted, the rider will receive a text message with the driver’s name, picture, license plate number and estimated time of arrival. A follow-up text message will be sent once the driver arrives at the pickup location. This means that the rides cannot be requested using a landline.
Partners Healthcare Shuttle from North Station to Mass General Hospital
Take the commuter rail or either the Green or Orange subway line to North Station. Visit the official MBTA website, for detailed transit information. If you are commuting by subway/commuter rail you should consider getting one of the real-time apps that track real-time schedules and disruptions.
Then take the Partners Shuttle to Mass General Hospital.
Transportation from South Station to Mass General Hospital from the Newburyport Area
Take the C&J bus to South Station. Reservations are required for all C&J service. Passengers can make reservations online in advance of your trip at www.ridecj.com. Tickets are non-transferable and must be used on the selected date and time of travel. Passengers must have a valid ticket in order to board the bus.
From South Station, take the Red Line to the Charles/MGH stop. The cost is $3 and the ride is generally 7 minutes.