Do you require transit alternatives that offer additional assistance? There are several transportation assistance programs available to seniors and persons with disabilities living in Los Angeles County. Many programs offer curb-to-curb, shared ride service in lift-equipped vehicles, at low or discounted rates.
Below is a detailed list of transportation services provided to residents in the following areas of Los Angeles County:
Big Blue Bus and WISE and Healthy Aging partnered with Lyft to provide curb-to-curb transportation through its Mobility On Demand Every Day (MODE) Program. Eligible Santa Monica residents can use the shared ride service for any transportation purpose within city limits. MODE also provides service to several major medical centers on the Westside, and select shopping destinations on Lincoln Blvd. in Venice. Members with disabilities can reserve rides in lift-equipped wheelchair vans, driven by specially trained, uniformed, and licensed drivers.
Monday - Friday:
8:00am - 6:00pm
Reservations for wheelchair vans can be made one to six (6) days in advance. Saturday and Sunday wheelchair van trips are available by reservation only, and must be reserved at least two days in advance.
Who is eligible for MODE?
City of Santa Monica residents age 65 and older, and disabled residents 18 and older.
How much does it cost?
MODE offers two (2) fare types for a one-way ride, in either a Lyft or wheelchair vehicle:
- Low-Income Fare: $0.75
Click here to learn how to qualify for the Low-Income fare.
- Regular Fare: $1.50
Members may travel with (1) companion or one (1) Personal Care Attendant, at no additional cost.
Fares must be paid through your Lyft account with either a credit, debit, or prepaid card. Wheelchair and door-through-door members may pay for eligible rides in advance by cash, check, or credit card at Blue: The Transit Store only.
How to apply
Prior to using MODE, eligible riders must register for the program at a MODE orientation session. For details on upcoming sessions, please contact WISE & Healthy Aging at (310) 394-9871.
For more information about MODE, please visit: bigbluebus.com/mode.
Apply for a Senior TAP Card
Still need to complete some trips on fixed-route buses and trains? Apply for your free Senior TAP card! A Senior TAP card allows older adults age 62+ to receive reduced fares on Big Blue Bus, as well as Metro Bus and Rail, and other TAP participating agencies in Los Angeles County.
Big Blue Bus hosts monthly workshops to assist older adults with applying for a Senior TAP Card. Click here for more details!
Access Services (Access) provides curb-to-curb, shared ride paratransit service for Los Angeles County residents with disabilities, as mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Access offers trips to and from destinations within 3/4 mile on either side of a fixed route bus or rail line. Access operates on the same schedule as most buses and rail lines in LA County.
Regular service is provided from 4am to 12am daily, including Sundays. Reservations for Access must be made up to one (1) day in advance.
Who is eligible for Access?
Los Angeles County residents with a functional inability to ride accessible, fixed-route buses and trains may be candidates for Access. To determine eligibility, Access conducts an in-person Transit Evaluation for each new applicant. The evaluation looks at whether the person, without the help of another, can:
- Get to and from the bus
- Get on and off an accessible bus
- Understand which bus to get on and when to get off the bus
Eligibility is not solely based on disability, age, or medical diagnoses.
How much does it cost?
A one-way fare on Access is based on the distance travelled; exact fare must be paid at the time you get in the vehicle.
Los Angeles Basin
|0 to 19.9 miles
|20 or more miles
Santa Clarita and Antelope Valley
|Transfer - Santa Clarita to LA Basin
|Transfer - Antelope Valley to LA Basin
|Between Santa Clarita to Antelope Valley
How to apply?
To determine eligibility for Access, applicants must mail a completed written application to the following address:
Access Eligibility Center
5747 Rickenbacker Rd.
Commerce, CA 90040
For more information, or to apply for the Access Program, please visit: http://accessla.org
The City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation's (LADOT) Cityride Program provides discounted transportation services to residents, and those living in designated areas of LA County, age 65 and older, or disabled. Registered members are eligible to purchase fare value, which can be used to pay for trips on the following Cityride services:
Dial-A-Ride: Provides curb-to-curb, shared rides in lift-equipped vehicles. The service operates within the City of Los Angeles on weekdays, between 6:30am and 4:30pm. Trips may be reserved up to two (2) business days in advance. A one-way trip costs between $2 and $8 in fare value.
Taxi Service: Cityride members are eligible to pay for trips on select city-permitted taxis, using fare value. Non-permitted taxicab companies operating in the City of Los Angeles will not accept fare value as a form payment. ADA ramp and lift-equipped taxis are available upon request. A one-way trip costs between $4 and $12 in fare value; riders are responsible for all costs over $12.
DASH Bus Service: All Cityride members are eligible to ride DASH buses for free. Simply show the driver a government-issued photo identification and your Cityride Card. The name on the identification must match the name on the Cityride Card.
How to apply
Eligible residents must apply to become a Cityride member. New members receive one (1) Cityride Card, preloaded with $42 in fare value.
For more information, or to apply for the Cityride Program, please visit: http://www.ladottransit.com/other/cityride/
The City of Culver City provides the following paratransit services to residents, and those living in designated areas of LA County, age 62 and older, or disabled:
Dial-A-Ride: Shared curb-to-curb transportation service for Culver City residents unable to use fixed-route public transportation services, due to a physician-certified disability. Service runs weekdays, between 8:30 AM and 4:15 PM. Reservations must be made at least one (1) day in advance. Dial-A-Ride is free, but there is a suggested donation of $0.50 cents per ride.
For more information about Dial-A-Ride, please call (310) 253-6729.
Taxi Coupon Program: Allows approved Dial-A-Ride participants to purchase up to $70-worth of taxi coupons monthly, for just $14. Coupons can be used to pay for subsidized trips on local taxicab companies. Service is available during the business hours of each participating taxicab company.
For more information about the Taxi Coupon Program, please call (310) 253-6580.
The City of Beverly Hills provides the following transportation services to residents, and those living in designated areas of LA County, age 62 and older, or disabled:
Taxi Program: Allows eligible residents to purchase one (1) $6 taxi coupon book per month, valued at $24. No more than $12 in taxi coupons may be redeemed per ride.
For more information, or to register for the Taxi Program, please call (310) 981-9318.
Metro Bus Pass Senior Discount Program: Allows eligible residents to purchase discounted 30-day Metro Bus pass for $7. Proof of residency and a Metro Reduced Fare TAP Card are required for each purchase.
For more information regarding the Metro Bus Pass Senior Discount Program, please call (310) 285-6840.
Dial-A-Ride Shuttle: Provides eligible residents with curb-to-curb, shared ride service to any location in the City of Beverly Hills, and adjacent areas for medical appointments only. Dial-A-Ride operates weekdays, between 9:00am and 4:00pm. Trips for medical appointments must be reserved one (1) month in advance; non-medical trips can be reserved up to one (1) week in advance.
Supermarket Shuttle: Provides eligible residents with shuttle service to two (2) Ralphs locations in the City of Beverly Hills, for just $0.99. The shuttle operates on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, between 9:00am and 2:00pm. Reservations can be made up to one (1) week in advance.
For more information about the Dial-A-Ride or Supermarket Shuttle, please call (310) 275-2791.