* Senior citizens (age 60 and over): Transportation is available through the COA (978-318-3020) Monday – Friday during normal business hours. One van is on the road 40 hours a week. Rides are by appointment, and the van schedule tends to fill up quickly. The wheel chair van is also by appointment and the COA asks that a family member, friend or hired attendant accompany the rider. The daily, curb-to-curb service is $1 each way, but for special trips (such as lunch trips, Burlington Mall trips, etc.) the COA charges a nominal fee that covers gas and driver.
* Military Veterans (all ages): Transportation is available through our Veterans’ Agent, Dick Krug (978-318-3038). The Veterans’ Agent is available, also during normal business hours, to assist resident veterans with a variety of related issues including transportation to medical appointments if the veteran has not other means of transportation.
* Residents with a disability: The MBTA offers THE RIDE as a Paratransit program which provides door-to-door transportation to eligible people who cannot use public transit (subways, buses and trains), all or some of the time, because of a physical, cognitive or mental disability. THE RIDE is administered by the MBTA’s Office for Transportation Access (800-533-6282 or 617-222-5123), and operated in compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It is a shared-ride service (similar to our own COA), meaning riders should expect to be traveling with others who are going in the same general direction.
* Residents with medical appointments: F.I.S.H. of Concord (978-369-2244) is a volunteer service that is not age restricted but is for medical and similar appointments only and rides are in the volunteer's car. F.I.S.H. is currently in crisis because of difficulty recruiting new volunteers. They currently have no volunteers willing to offer transportation into Boston, and only one or two to go as far as the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.
* Cancer Patients: The American Cancer Society (800-227-2345) has volunteer drivers who transport cancer patients to and from treatment.
* General public with financial concerns: Non-senior, non-veteran, and non-disabled members of the community having financial difficulty that is affecting their ability to get around Town have various avenues to seek financial assistance. They may start by contacting our Community Services Coordinator, Sadie Simone (978-318-3034), or the Selectmen’s Office (978-318-3001).
* General public: MBTA train service from Concord and West Concord. Sunshine taxi Cab (978-369-1752) offers fare-based transportation anywhere, and they offer wheelchair accessibility. Other taxi services as near as Acton are listed in the yellow pages.