Beaverton Committee on Aging: Transportation Assistance for Seniors and People with Disabilities

By Shannon Wisemancity-of-beaverton-LOGO

The Beaverton Committee on Aging is committed to educating the public on non-profit businesses that can improve the lives of seniors living in our community. One challenge facing many older adults is finding appropriate transportation. Having access to transportation helps seniors participate in the community, reduces isolation and helps them stay actively engaged with their friends, family and social organizations.

Ride Connection is a private, non-profit organization that provides transportation services to adults over 60 or people with disabilities who limited options in Washington, Clackamas and Multnomah counties. Although most transportation needs are for medical appointments, grocery stores and community centers, Ride Connection will provide transportation to anywhere, but is based on finding a driver. Customers must call to request a ride at least four days in advance, and because the service is so heavily dependent on volunteer drivers, there is no guarantee that your ride will be scheduled. A Ride Connection representative will call customers back at least two days before the requested date to confirm the availability of the ride. The services are limited to Monday through Friday 7:30 am to 5:00 pm. Ride Connection is free of charge, although they will gladly accept donations.

Ride Connection employs both paid and volunteer drivers, and each driver must pass a background and DMV check before beginning to transport seniors. For more information on eligibility, call the Ride Connection Service Center at (503) 226-0700.

The TriMet LIFT program is another alternative for older adults. This service is limited to those who have a disability that prevents them from independently using the TriMet bus or Max system. LIFT uses a fleet of small buses, vans and taxis. Riders must apply and be certified as eligible before using the service. LIFT tickets, passes and punch cards can be purchased through TriMet. For more information, call (503) 962-2422.

If you are interested in serving as a volunteer member of the Beaverton Committee on Aging, please email Jim Brooks, City of Beaverton. jbrooks@beavertonoregon.gov.