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Area Agency on Aging Region IIIA

RESOURCE GUIDE - Transportation

TRANSPORTATION PROVIDERS
(Area Agency on Aging IIIA, updated October 2010)

American Cancer Society 1-800-227-2345
  • any medical appointment for cancer patients (all ages); two business day notice required; drivers are volunteers; rides not guaranteed but are usually provided; patients must be ambulatory; no fee, but donations accepted.
 
American Red Cross (Veterans) (269) 353-6180
  • eligible veterans call Monday or Tuesday to schedule a ride on Thursday to the VA Hospital in Battle Creek (volunteer driver). Must have appt. at VA (preferably AM) & be able to get in and out of a small van. No fee.
 
Metro County Connect (general number) (269)337-8222
  • county-wide origin to destination service; door-to-door transportation available but need prior approval. For age 62+ or a person with a disability, reduced rates available. Call 337-8477 if you live within 3/4 miles of bus routes. Outside that area, call 337-8858. Request service up to 7 days in advance, 8am-5pm, Sun-Fri, by calling 350-2970. Personal Care Attendant (PCA) may accompany rider at no additional cost - must be noted when making request. Vehicles are lift-equipped. Will travel to the VA Hospital in Battle Creek. One-way fare expected at time of boarding - exact change required. No Sunday service; cancellation policy, expect any of 3 vans of varying sizes
    Metro County Connect Grocery Bag Assistance Program       (269)350-2970
    Hours: Tuesday & Thursday, 6:30-9pm; Saturday 7-10am & 1-9pm (based on availability); request service at time of scheduling; drivers will load up to 10 grocery bags on the van and deliver to the front door of passenger's residence; cost is double fare for the trip home.
 

Metro Transit (bus service)

(269) 337-8222

  • wheelchair lifts available on all fixed route buses; seniors and persons with a disability are eligible for discounted fares - call 343-8477 for certification forms (ADA) or to register by phone (senior discount, age 62+)
 
Portage Senior Center (269) 329-4555
  • volunteer drivers transport individuals & small groups age 50+ to grocery stores & senior centers (not medical appointments), Monday-Friday, 8:30am-1pm; van is not handicap accessible; must reserve day before by 5pm; $3.50 donation requested per round trip; Portage residents only (but do not need to be PSC members)
 
Senior Services, Inc. (donations accepted) (269)382-0515
  • limited availability; provides rides to persons 60+ to medical appointments & meal sites, Monday-Friday; van is not handicap accessible; call a few days in advance to reserve
 
  • RSVP: drivers age 55 & up are matched with a senior client needing transportation for any purpose (waiting list)
 
  • GIVE: (Faith in Action) volunteers age 18 & up are matched with a senior client needing transportation for any purpose - may be a waiting period to be matched, volunteer may stay as an escort.
 
Shepherd's Center (269) 383-1122
  • volunteer drivers escort riders 60+ for medical rides Mon-Thur and for non-medical rides on Wed & Thur; drivers will stay for appointments; call Mon-Thur, 9am-noon to reserve, or leave a message on the 24 hour voice mail - advance notice is requested; call as soon as you have an appointment scheduled; cannot accommodate wheelchairs; $5 -$10 donation requested per round trip, but not required.
 
South County Community Services(269) 649-2901
  • volunteer drivers (their car) provide transportation Monday-Friday for adults 60+ in the Fulton, Schoolcraft, Scotts, &Vicksburg areas for medical appointments. Mini-bus takes groups every other week to grocery stores and other venues as requested. Donations are accepted.

Veterans - Van or car with volunteer driver will transport any Veteran to the VA Hospital in Battle Creek on Wednesdays. Must be at Ministry with Community, located at 440 N. Church St. in Kalamazoo, by 8AM Wednesday morning; advance notice is not required. Veteran must show proof of scheduled appointment that same day. Van/car will return to Kalamazoo after the last appointment for the day is complete. Questions, please call (269) 373-5304.

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