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Transportation Options for Older Adults

 

Learn about transportation services available for older adults.

Public transit

Contact the services below for more information about fares, schedules and routes:

Tips

  • Be a “bus buddy” if you know bus routes and help others having difficulty.
  • Buy a PRESTO card (external link) and travel on multiple transit systems, including GO. Contact your local transit authority to learn more.
  • All GO trains have accessibility (external link) coaches (with priority seating for wheelchairs), located in the fifth coach behind the locomotive. Board at the platform's accessibility ramp.
  • SPLIT Passes (subsidized fares) are available through Halton Region for eligible older adults in Burlington, Milton, Halton Hills and Oakville.

Accessible transit

There are a number of special transit services for older adults with disabilities:

Tips

  • Ask about “door-to-door” or “curb-to-curb” service, so you know your pick-up and drop-off locations.
  • Know how far in advance you need to book the service and if there is a cancellation fee.
  • Municipal accessible transit providers may subsidize taxi costs for eligible older adults (Taxi Scrip Program).

Volunteer driving pools

Canadian Cancer Society (external link)
To book (48 hours notice), call:

  • Burlington/Milton/Oakville - 905-845-5231
  • Georgetown - 905-451-4460 / 1-866-711-0111 (toll free)
  • Halton Hills (Cancer Assistance Services) - 905-702-8886

Canadian Red Cross Society (external link)
To book, call:

  • Burlington - 905-637-5664
  • Halton Hills/Milton - 905-875-1459
  • Oakville - 905-845-5241

Tips

  • Plan ahead – it takes time to apply, register and book a trip.
  • Check if you qualify for the service, how far ahead you have to book your trip and find out the cost of the service.

Taxi services

  • Wheelchair Accessible      Wheelchair Accessible
  • Senior Discount  Senior Discount
  • Taxi Script    Taxi Script (municipal subsidy)
Location Company Phone Available services
Halton Mobility Transportation (external link) 905-617-3737 Wheelchair Accessible
Burlington Burlington & Deluxe Taxi (external link) 905-333-3333 or 905-333-3000 Wheelchair Accessible Senior Discount
Gem 905-333-1234 Wheelchair Accessible Senior Discount
Halton Hills GTown 905-702-7997 Wheelchair Accessible Senior Discount Taxi Script
A to Z Taxi 905-873-9566  
A1 Rose Taxi (external link) 905-875-1900 Wheelchair Accessible Senior Discount
EZ Taxi 905-873-9900 Wheelchair Accessible Taxi Script
McKab Taxi 905-877-1234 Senior Discount Taxi Script
Milton Milton Taxi (external link) 905-875-2994 Wheelchair Accessible Senior Discount
A1 Rose Taxi (external link) 905-875-1900 Wheelchair Accessible Senior Discount
AAA Black Cab (external link) 905-636-0555 Wheelchair Accessible Senior Discount
Oakville AAA Halton Taxi (external link) 905-844-4300 Wheelchair Accessible Senior Discount
Oakville United (external link) 905-338-0044 Wheelchair Accessible Senior Discount
A1 Oakville Taxi (external link) 905-844-0050 Wheelchair Accessible Senior Discount

Tips

  • Ask for a senior’s discount.
  • Tell the driver you are eligible for the discount before the trip begins.
  • Ask about credit and debit card service charges.
  • Customary tip for the driver is 10-20% of the fare.

Bus services to grocery stores/seniors centres

Call your local information centre for information about grocery store and senior centre transportation services available to older adults to find out:

  • which store locations the buses stop at;
  • service operating hours; and
  • pick-up and drop-off locations.

Local information centres

  • Halton Region - Call 311
  • Burlington - 905-639-3611, ext. 1222
  • Halton Hills - 905-873-2681, ext. 2511
  • Milton - 905-875-2665, ext. 3234
  • Oakville - 905-815-2046

Tips

  • Bring a wheeled shopping bag (bundle buggy) to carry your own groceries.

Delivery services

Many grocery stores and pharmacies provide delivery services and agencies to shop for you or arrange someone to help you shop (search (external link) grocery delivery, shuttles and shopping assistance).

Tips

  • Register for the delivery service ahead of time, before you need the products.
  • Place your order by phone, fax, email or online.
  • Check for a minimum order requirement (often $40 to $45).
  • Check for a delivery fee.
  • Ask if you can pay online or at the door using debit or credit cards.
  • Some community support and private agencies will shop for you or arrange for someone to assist you with shopping.
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