Many of our communities' older adults are unable to access transportation for several reasons. Some can no longer drive safely. Others can no longer afford to maintain a car and pay for insurance. Sometimes the person is temporarily unable to drive due to surgery or illness. Whatever the reason, losing the ability to drive becomes a barrier to receiving vital services such as going to doctors and shopping for medicines and food. Day to day activities normally managed on their own, like going to a doctor or grocery shopping all become impossible. This leads to isolation, depression and an overall decline in health and quality of life.
We are determined to eliminate the barriers that keep seniors and disabled people from accessing reliable, affordable transportation in order for them to receive crucial services and having some measure of independence and dignity.
Just click on any of the underlined transportation options listed below and the page will scroll down for more details. If you are in need of transportation or would like to volunteer to provide transportation, contact any of our offices, which you can find by clicking here.
Our Volunteer Transportation Program
We are here to help seniors, aged 60 or better, to access transportation services. This program's volunteers provide free transportation for seniors who live in Kane, Kendall or McHenry County. Many of our clients depend on our generous and caring volunteers to take them to their doctor; to the hospital for chemo treatments or dialysis; to a pharmacy or grocery store, to nutrition sites, to attend activities at senior centers, and much more. If you would like volunteer or if you need to request help from a volunteer, please contact one of the Volunteer Coordinators below. If you live in:
- Elgin or South Elgin: Call Wendy Holtz at (847) 741-0404 or via email: email@example.com
- Aurora: Call (630) 897-4035
- McHenry County: Call Valerie Usalis at (815) 344-3555 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kendall County: Call Barb Nadeau at (630) 553-5777 or via email: email@example.com
Ride in Kane
Ride in Kane is an affordable curb-to-curb transportation service that takes registered riders anywhere within a 10-mile radius in Kane County. Riders can make a reservation to get to doctor appointments, go grocery shopping, church, the movies or any other place they would like to go. Pace Bus, Kane County and various partnering municipalities such as cities, townships or villages sponsor this program.
- Features of the Ride in Kane program include:
- A rate increase is necessary in order to continue to deliver quality Ride in Kane services, which have been provided to persons with disabilities and the elderly in Kane County since 2008. An increase of $1.00 for a total of $4.00 each way will become effective on January 1, 2014.
- To participate in the Ride in Kane program, you must:
- Communities participating in the Ride in Kane program include:
- To locate additional sponsoring municipalities, call (888) 480-8549
> Transportation services are available by reservation, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year - including weekends and holidays.
> The cost is $3.00 each way ($4.00 each way starting 1/1/2014) ($1.50 for each mile over the 10-mile radius.)
> One travel companion (i.e. spouse, family member, friend, etc.) may ride with a registered rider at NO additional charge.
> Register with Pace prior to making a reservation. Processing the registration takes about 10 business days.
> To register, you must live in a sponsoring municipality and provide proof of your age or disability.
Elgin or South Elgin: Call Wendy Holtz at (847) 741-0404 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Aurora: Call (630) 897-4035
McHenry County: Call Valerie Usalis at (815) 344-3555 or via email: email@example.com
Kendall County: Call Barb Nadeau at (630) 553-5777 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Seniors Ride Free - CTA/Metra/PACE
This program allows all seniors 65 or better, to ride for free on CTA, Metra and PACE. Riders 65 or older qualify for a discounted ride. To be eligible to ride for free, you must complete and qualify for the Benefit Access Program. Contact your local Senior Services' office to apply and for information on the Benefit Access Program.
Seniors can register for their RTA Senior Ride Free Ventura Card or a Senior Reduced Fare Card on their 65th birthday. There are various registration sites in the region. To find a site near you, click here to download a list of sites or call (using any local area code) 836-7000 and give the operator your zip code to find the closest location.
Applicants must provide a government issued identification to verify their age as well as a photo (approximately passport size - 1 1/2" square) can either be taken when registering or will need to be provided by the applicant. Applying for the Senior Ride Free Card Permit or Senior Reduced Fare Card can only be done in-person and will take 3-4 weeks to process.
This program is available as long as funding is available. To learn more about this transportation program go to: http://rtachicago.com/fare-programs/seniors-ride-free.html