Transportation Resources in Brookline
Springwell’s Information & Consultation Department is available to discuss resources for older adults, family caregivers or persons with disabilities. Call Springwell at (617) 926-4100, Monday through Friday, between 9am and 5pm or e-mail email@example.com.
These choices are available for medical appointments. Some programs may 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 requires a face-to-face interview which can be scheduled by calling 617-337-2727. Free transportation to the interview will be provided by The RIDE. Once approved, call 1-877-765-7433 to schedule a ride. Cost: $3.15 or $5.25 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 in Boston and its 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 Springwell at 617-926-4100 at least two or more weeks before the appointment to make your request.
These rides are for broader or more flexible purposes, but may 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 between 12pm – 4pm at the COA office located at 93 Winchester Street in Brookline. Call 617-730-2740 for more information.
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.
THE RIDE: This MBTA service is for persons with disabilities and seniors who are unable to independently use general public transportation. The program requires a face-to-face interview which can be scheduled by calling 617-337-2727. Free transportation to the interview will be provided by The RIDE. Once approved, Once approved, call 1-877-765-7433 to schedule rides. Costs: $3.15 or $5.25 each way, depending on length of trip and advance booking.
RIDES IN SIGHTIndividuals of any age who have limited vision are asked to call Rides In Sight at 855-607-4337 to discuss the details of this program.
BROOKLINE ELDER BUS: The Elder Bus operates on a fixed route, Monday through Friday, 9am to 3:30pm. 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 617-730-2778 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, 9am until 3pm. Call 617-730-2750 at least 1 business day in advance to schedule a ride. The suggested donation is $1.00 each way.