City's many transportation alternatives
Often the difference between an active, healthy lifestyle and being isolated from the community is access to transportation. According to the American Public Transportation Association, older non-drivers make 15% fewer trips to the doctor; 59% fewer shopping trips and visits to restaurants; and 65% fewer trips for social, family, and religious activities.
“Transportation services provide an important link in helping older Philadelphians maintain their independence and stay actively engaged in their communities,” said Bruce Bornmann, transportation manager at Philadelphia Corporation for Aging. “A variety of transportation programs available in Philadelphia help decrease the risks of driving, provide social interaction, and diminish the attributes of otherwise being homebound.” Free or discount rides for seniors
In Philadelphia, adults who are age 65 or older may ride SEPTA buses, elevated trains, trolleys, and subways on its fixed-route service free of charge.
To travel outside of the city, there is a $1 reduced rate to ride Regional Rail within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. A pack of 10 Regional Rail tickets can be purchased for a 15% discount ($8.50) from the SEPTA website or any ticket office. Anyone can purchase these tickets on behalf of seniors, since they are validated at the time of travel.
To ride SEPTA for free or a reduced fare, seniors must show one of the following forms of ID: Railroad Retirement Annuity Card, Medicare Card (issued by the Social Security Administration), or PA Senior Citizen Transit ID Card. For information, call 215-580-7800 or go to www.septa.org
Seniors or adults with disabilities who would like to become more familiar with SEPTA’s fixed route service may utilize the Accessible Travel Center at Suburban Station, 16th St. & JFK Blvd. Information about accessible service options is available at the center.