One of the reasons many people might continue to drive beyond the time they can safely do so is because they feel they have no other transportation choices to get to where they need and want to go.
To help you find the transportation options available in your community click on your county in the map to search the Florida Senior Safety Resource Center (FSSRC) database to find the options that best fit your individual mobility needs.
Currently over 800 transportation resources are listed in the database with new transportation options added when they become available.
If you are looking for available transportation options for a particular city but know don't know the county name, the Florida League of Cities Directory can help you find the county.
If you are a provider and you provide transportation services that are not shown in the database, please contact the FSSRC.
Florida’s Aging and Disability Resource Centers are committed to helping people 60 years and older and their families/caregivers understand and navigate the complex web of available services, agencies, and other options, including transportation. You can find a location that serves your community on the Aging and Disability Resource Center website.
The Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged is an independent commission within the FDOT that ensures availability of efficient, cost-effective, and quality transportation services for transportation disadvantaged persons. You can find a listing of Community Transportation Coordinators (CTC) for each county on their website.
The Federal Transit Administration's National Transit Database is also a good resource.
The Taxicab, Limousine, and Paratransit Association enables users to search available transportation services in their state.
United We Ride is sponsored by the Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility (CCAM). The purpose of CCAM is to promote interagency cooperation at the federal level so that transportation-disadvantaged persons have access to more transportation services. Member agencies include the Departments of Health and Human Services, Education, Interior, Labor, Justice, Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, and Agriculture; the Social Security Administration; and the National Council on Disability.
In January 2010, The Federal Transit Administration published a report "Attracting Senior Drivers to Public Transportation: Issues and Concerns".
The Florida Senior Safety Resource Center (FSSRC), is a resource developed by the University of Florida Institute for Mobility, Activity and Participation. The database is funded by a safety grant through FDOT. The FSSRC allows users access to a listing of the currently available alternative transportation services within their counties.
The United We Guide Team has put together a video to highlight a casual conversation about the importance in maintaining mobility to help sustain quality of life. You can view the video on our You Tube site.
Travel training is typically a one-on-one individualized instructional intervention to train someone who needs assistance learning to travel safely and independently on public transportation. This need may arise from acute or chronic medical conditions, driving cessation, loss of a spouse who was the transportation provider, moving to a new community, and/or from never having had the need to learn the system.
Participants learn travel skills for following a specific route to common destinations, such as a job site, shopping center, or friend’s house. Potential benefits from successfully completing a travel training program include:
- More travel mode choices, flexibility of routes, and destinations;
- Greater confidence, independence, and self-esteem;
- Better access to employment, medical services, and opportunities for socialization;
- Significant cost savings.
Travel training is typically provided by both public and para-transit transportation providers or non-profit organizations, including human service providers, independent living centers, schools, and senior service organizations.
Florida International University with support from the National Center on Senior Transportation, recently collected information from providers of travel training to determine best practices for working with older adults. The 16-page summary report entitled "Current Practices Used by Travel Trainers for Seniors" highlights the efforts of travel trainers to provide customized, individualized services for older adults.
Developing and increasing community based mobility options are vital to help individuals successfully transition from driving. Volunteer driver programs are viable alternative transportation options that can accommodate the unmet mobility needs of our aging population, in both rural and urban communities across the state.
Often times questions about liability concerns frequently arise early-on in discussions among organizations who are considering starting a volunteer driver program and with individuals themselves who are concerned become volunteers. To help address this issue, the Safe Mobility for Life Coalition has released their Volunteer Driver Liability Report: An Issue, Not a Barrier in Florida. It is our goal to help organizations and individuals understand the potential issues of volunteer driver liability to ensure that it does not become a barrier to establishing volunteer driving programs as a viable transportation option for older adults within their communities.
In 2008, representatives from the Florida Departments of Transportation, Elder Affairs, Health, Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Florida Highway Patrol and Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged joined together to implement a program where Community Transportation Coordinators in both St. Johns and Putnam counties are trained to be true mobility managers. The goal of the United We Guide Mobility Manager program is to provide and improve transportation services by working with local agencies to help coordinate the travel and trip planning needs of individuals who receive human service program assistance or are seeking alternative transportation services. The program includes implementing a one-call number, developing and distributing a transportation guidebook that lists all transportation safety and mobility options available in their communities. These resources assist the mobility manager to work with citizens on their individual safety and mobility needs and match them with the appropriate resource.
Our United We Guide team worked with the St. Johns Council on Aging and Ride Solution to pilot our concept in St. Johns and Putnam Counties, respectively. Both agencies were trained by the team to provide one-on-one assistance to older adults in their counties who need help with transportation, safety, or mobility issues.
- Older adults living in St. Johns County can contact their Mobility Manager at (904) 315-6505. The St. Johns County transportation guidebook can be accessed at this link: St. Johns County Transportation Guidebook.
- Older adults living in Putnam County can contact their Mobility Manager at (386) 325-9999 and listen for voice prompts to direct them to the Mobility Manager. The Putnam County transportation guidebook can be accessed at this link: Putnam County Transportation Guidebook.
- Older adults living in Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon and Wakulla counties can contact their Mobility Manager toll free at (855) 663-7433. The transportation guidebook for this four-county region can be accessed at this link: Transportation Guidebook.
United We Guide was highlighted as a success story by the National Center on Senior Transportation and more information can be found at this link: NCST Success Story - United We Guide.
If you have any questions or comments about the United We Guide mobility manager program, please contact Gail Holley.
- Beverly Foundation Legacy 5A's for Senior Transportation Services Fact Sheet
- Beverly Foundation Legacy Volunteer Driver Programs
- Grantmakers in Aging: Volunteer Driver Programs
- National Center on Senior Transportation, Volunteer Transportation
- National Volunteer Transportation Center (Community Transportation Association of America)
- The Florida Alliance for Information and Referral Services sponsors the Florida 2-1-1 Network, a cooperative effort with the United Way of Florida that provides access to help lines and other information in a majority of Florida counties.
- Elder Help Line is the Florida Information and Referral service for elders. It includes county by county information and phone numbers.
- The AAA Foundation's "Getting Around: Alternatives for Seniors Who No Longer Drive" report.
- Liberty Mutual offers information and resources for aging drivers.
- Miami-Dade County residents 65 and older can ride the public transportation for "free" with a Golden Passport. Learn how you can apply by visiting the Miami-Dade website.