Transportation Resources in Brookline
Springwell’s Information & Consultation Department is available to discuss resources for older adults, family caregivers or persons with disabilities. To speak with an Information & Consultation Specialist, call Springwell at (617) 926-4100 x502, Monday through Friday, between 9 am and 5 pm or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
These choices are available for medical appointments. Volunteer programs have limited availability, so reserve early.
THE RIDE: This MBTA service is for persons with disabilities and seniors who are unable to independently use general public transportation. The program has eligibility requirements, which are determined at a face-to-face interview. To schedule the interview, call The Ride Eligibility Center at 617-337-2727; free transportation to the interview will be provided by The RIDE. Call 1-877-765-7433 to schedule a ride. Clients maintain a balance of funds with The RIDE. Costs: $3.00 or $5.00 each way, depending on length of trip and advance booking.
BUSY BEE TRANSPORTATION: This Springwell funded service provides transportation between 9 am and 4:30 pm to medical appointments outside of Brookline and to the major hospitals in Boston. Appointments should be scheduled between10 am and 2 pm to ensure a ride each way. Call 1-800-427-0230 between 9am and 3pm at least three business days in advance. Notify the dispatcher if bringing an escort. A donation of $4.00 each way is requested. Shuttles are handicapped accessible.
SENIOR MEDICAL ESCORT PROGRAM: This Springwell program matches seniors (age 60 or older) with volunteers to drive and/or accompany them to medical appointments Monday – Friday between 9 am and 5 pm in Boston and the western suburbs. To be eligible, an individual needs to be unable to get to medical appointments independently, and able to get in and out of the car with minimal assistance. The individual is responsible for tolls and parking fees. The requested donation is $4.00 each way. Call Carol Woolfe at 617-926-4100 at least two or more weeks before the appointment to make your request. If no match is possible, the senior will be notified one week before the appointment to make other arrangements.
These rides are for broader or more flexible purposes, but do require payment.
BROOKLINE ELDER TAXI SERVICE PROGRAM (BETS): BETS, sponsored by the Brookline Council on Aging (COA), CDBG, and all licensed Brookline cab companies, is a coupon discount program. The cost is $5 for a book of ten $1 vouchers. Brookline residents 60 and over must apply Monday through Wednesday between12 pm – 4 pm at the COA office located at 93 Winchester Street in Brookline. Call 617-730-2740 for more information.
THE RIDE: This MBTA service is for persons with disabilities and seniors who are unable to independently use general public transportation. The program has eligibility requirements, which are determined at a face-to-face interview. To schedule the interview, call The Ride Eligibility Center at 617-337-2727; free transportation to the interview will be provided by The RIDE. Once approved, call 1-877-765-7433 to schedule rides. Clients maintain a balance of funds with The RIDE. Cost: $3.00 or $5.00 each way, based on length of trip and advance booking.
HOME ESCORT AND LINKAGE PROGRAM (HELP): This program provides limited transportation depending on worker availability. Most workers charge $13.00-$14.00 per hour with a two hour minimum. For more information call the Brookline COA HELP Program at 617-730-2752. This program requires advanced registration.
INDEPENDENT TRANSPORTATION NETWORK OF GREATER BOSTON (ITN): iTN is part of a national non-profit transportation system for members who are either seniors (60 years and older) or adults with visual impairments. iTN provide rides to a variety of destinations, seven days a week, 24 hours a day. iTN uses both paid drivers and trained volunteers. Annual membership fee of $65 (or $110 for family) to open a personal transportation account and maintain a balance to pay for rides. Base rate plus mileage: $4.00 for pick up and $1.75 per mile. Members call 617-208-8045 / 617-202-5563 or FAX 617-202-5339 to schedule a ride, by 4 pm the day before or by 1 pm on Friday for weekend trips. Drivers provide arm through arm, door to door service. Sign up through the national number at 1-855-607-4337 to get a discounted membership fee for the first year. Call 508-309-7375 with questions, or see website www.itngreaterboston.org. Individuals with limited vision are asked to call Rides in Sight at 855-607-4337 to discuss this program.
BROOKLINE ELDER BUS: The Elder Bus operates on a fixed route, Mondays through Fridays, 9 am to 3:30 pm (drop-off only). It makes five runs daily that include the Brookline Senior Center, elderly housing sites, shopping areas, and the Longwood -Medical area. Call the COA at 617-730-2777 to request a schedule and for further information. The suggested donation is 50 cents each way.
BROOKLINE SENIOR CENTER VAN: The Senior Center Van provides door to door transportation (within the Brookline area) to the Senior Center for educational and social programs and activities. The van’s hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9 am until 4 pm. Call 617-730-2750 at least 3 business days in advance to schedule a ride. The suggested donation is $1.00 each way.