Transportation Resources in Newton

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, Monday through Friday, between 9 am and 5 pm or e-mail inforef@springwell.com.

MEDICAL RIDES

These choices are available for medical appointments.
The Newton Department of Senior Services requests a $4 voucher per ride. Voucher books can be obtained in person at the Newton Senior Center, or by mail. Please call Alice Bailey at 617-796-1664 or by e-mail abailey@newtonma.gov for additional information.

NEWTON DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES and COUNCIL ON AGING: Transportation for Newton seniors to medical appointments in Newton as well as to other nearby destinations such as St. Elizabeth’s and Faulkner Hospital. Call 617-796-1288 and reserve your ride three days in advance. Rides are available Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Voucher required for payment.*

BUSY BEE TRANSPORTATION: This Springwell-funded service provides transportation between 9 am and 4:30 pm to medical appointments outside of Newton and to the major hospitals in Boston. Appointments should be scheduled between 10 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.

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.

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.

SHOPPING

NEWTON DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES and COUNCIL ON AGING: Weekly food shopping trips are provided Monday through Friday. Rider may choose day, time and grocery store within Newton. Call 3 days in advance. Drivers help with bundles.*

NON-MEDICAL RIDES

These rides are for broader or more flexible purposes, but do require payment.

NEWTON DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES and COUNCIL ON AGING: The Newton Senior Center is located at 345 Walnut Street in Newton and is open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. Transportation is provided throughout Newton, using the voucher system. Destinations include the Senior Center and Meal Site (reservations should be made by 4:00 p.m. of the day before travel). Library, Houses of Worship for religious services only, Long term care facilities within Newton (limited to two visits per week), to the 13 Village Centers in Newton, trips to Parks and Recreation Over 55 Programs and the Needham Street Corridor require you reserve your ride at least 3 days in advance. Please call 617-796-1288 to reserve your ride. Any city held program held within the city, any day of the week, any time of the day please call 617-796-1288 for more information.

THE RIDE: This MBTA service is for persons with disabilities and seniors who are unable to independently use general public transportation. To schedule an eligibility 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 or $5 each way, based on length of trip and advance booking.

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.

SPECIAL TRIPS

Shuttle service to the VA Medical Centers in West Roxbury and Jamaica Plains Monday - Friday from a Newton pick up spot. Call Alice Bailey at 617-796-1664 for more information.

*Rides provided by the Newton Department of Senior Services requests a $4 voucher per ride. Voucher books can be obtained in person at the Newton Senior Center, or by mail. Please call Alice Bailey at 617-796-1664 or by e-mail abailey@newtonma.gov for additional information or visit town website at http://www.newtonma.gov/gov/seniors and click on Transportation.

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