Travel & Transportation Services
Promoting an Active Lifestyle, Breaking Down the Barriers of Isolation
We are dedicated to providing a variety of transit services that improve accessibility and mobility for eligible seniors and persons with disabilities.
Discounted Taxi Service
A door-to-door taxi service that provides registered riders with discounted fares is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Residents call a designated taxi service, make a reservation for their trip, give the driver a voucher to receive a reduced rate and pay the difference. Learn more about Dial-A-Ride.
Escorted Medical Transit
Persons age 60 and older who require transportation and an escort to and from medical or dental appointments may qualify for this service. Transportation is provided by trained volunteers of the North Shore Senior Center in their private automobiles. The person is picked up from his/her address, accompanied to a local medical office, and driven home at the end of the appointment. The service is available Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
All trips must occur within the Township and nearby towns. A minimal fee is billed to the user for each round trip. This program is a cooperative effort funded by New Trier Township and the North Shore Senior Center. Dial-A-Ride participants receive a reduced rate on this service. Learn more about Escorted Transportation.
Public Transit for Seniors
Seniors who are currently enrolled in the Seniors Ride Free program can continue to ride fixed-routes without interruption. However, there are changes that will take place in the program based on a new law that amended the RTA Act. The Seniors Ride Free program will now be known as the Seniors Circuit Ride Free program and the Seniors Reduced Fare program. Only seniors enrolled in the Illinois Department on Aging’s Circuit Breaker Program will qualify for free rides on the transit system’s fixed routes. All other seniors who do not qualify with the Circuit Breaker program will receive a Reduced Fare permit.
To be eligible for the Circuit Breaker program, a senior must be age 65 or over and meet household income eligibility, ranging from $27,610 or less for an individual, $36,635 for a two-person household to $45,657 for a household of three or more
people. To apply for the Illinois Circuit Breaker program, visit the Illinois Department on Aging website or call 800-624-2459 to request an application.
Seniors that transition to reduced fare cards will be able to put money on their card prior to boarding their Chicago Transport Authority (CTA) bus or train, Metra train or Pace bus. Seniors can load and replenish funds on their reduced fare cards at any CTA vending machine. Metra riders must display their Senior Circuit Ride Free or Reduced Fare cards to Metra ticket agents or conductors to pay half fare. Reduced fare is approximately half of the regular fare. Please refer to the CTA website, Metra website, or Pace website for specific fare information.