Essential Services Transportation Resources

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Here are some resources to help your loved one accomplish essential tasks



Transportation for Essential Services


In addition, many towns and cities offer free or discounted services for seniors who need transportation for “essential services”—daily errands such as food shopping or non-emergency doctor visits:


Nassau County


Town of Hempstead, Department of Senior Enrichment

http://toh.li/ (Click on Town Resources)

516-485-8100

Mini-buses and vans provide seniors with transportation to local senior centers. Additional transportation services provided to senior center members include shopping, banking, swimming at Echo Park, and special events.


Friends in Service to Humanity (FISH))

516-861-6032

FISH of Wantagh utilizes volunteers to provide transportation to residents of Wantagh,   North Wantagh, Bellmore and North Bellmore. Priority is given to medical transportation needs.


Town of North Hempstead, Project Independence

http://www.northhempsteadny.gov/pi-home

516 -869-6311

For seniors ages 60 and older, food shopping buses serve most communities. Discounted taxi rides are provided for non-emergency medical appointments within the town. Some bus transportation is also available to senior centers and Town-sponsored recreational events.


Town of Oyster Bay, Senior Citizens Division

www.oysterbaytown.com (Click on Departments, then Community and Youth Services)

516-797-7916

Shopping bus to malls and food stores is available in some communities (call 516-797-7900).

Non-emergency medical transportation is available (call 516-922-6422).


City of Glen Cove, Senior Center

www.glencoveseniorcenter.com

516-759-9610

Food shopping transportation available (call 516-676-6182). The Medical Transport Program provides free transportation for doctor appointments, physical therapy sessions and any other non-emergency medical visits (call 516-676-2846).


City of Long Beach

www.longbeachny.gov (Click on For Our Seniors)

516-431-1000

“Shoppers Special” (half fare) transportation for seniors (call 516-431-4445). Non-emergency medical transportation available for seniors living in the Long Beach area.


Suffolk County


Town of Babylon, Department of Human Services

www.townofbabylon.com (Click on Senior Citizens)

631-464-4340. ext. 200

Transportation available for supermarket shopping and non-emergency medical appointments (including physical therapy) within the town (call 631-422-7618 or 631-893-1056).


Town of Brookhaven, Senior Citizens Division

www.brookhaven.org  (Click on Departments)

631-451-9191

The Jitney Transportation Program is a shared ride, curb-to-curb service available to seniors age 60 and disabled residents. Weekday transportation within the town ($3 round trip fare) is provided for doctor appointments and shopping (call 631-451-9081). 

Town of East Hampton, Department of Human Services

www.ehamptonny.gov (Click on Human Services)

631-329-6939

Weekday transportation is available for seniors age 60 and older and disabled residents for food shopping, non-emergency medical appointments and town programs for seniors (call 631-324-4443).


Town of Huntington, Senior Division

www.huntingtonny.gov (Click on Services, then Seniors)

631-351-3253

Huntington Area Rapid Transit (HART) operates four bus routes within the greater Huntington area, which connect with neighboring bus systems operated by Suffolk County Transit and NICE. Buses are handicap-accessible and connect seniors with places of interest, including the Huntington Senior Center. Seniors, individuals with disabilities and Medicare cardholders are eligible for reduced fares. (call 631-427-8287; www.huntingtonNY.gov/hart).


Town of Islip, Senior Citizen Services Office

www.townofislip-ny.gov (Click on Departments, then Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs)

631-224-5340

Weekday non-emergency transportation provided to medical and health care facilities, government services and food shopping within the town during the week. Service for disabled persons also available. (Call 631-224-5686.)

Town of Riverhead, Senior Citizen Department

www.townofriverheadny.gov  (Click on Divisions & Departments)

631-722-4444

Dial a Ride (DAR) transportation provided for seniors with no other means of transportation to

daily activities at the Senior Center, medical appointments and shopping in the town.

Call 631-722-4444 Ext. 290 or 292.


Town of Shelter Island, Office for Senior Services

www.shelterislandtown.us  (Click on Departments, then Senior Summary)

631-749-1059

Senior transportation program provides free transportation to those age 60 and older for

medical appointments, food shopping, pharmacy needs, and other errands. (Medical appointments take priority.) Rides for on-island and off- island needs must be arranged in advance (call 631-749-1059 between 12:00p.m.-3:00p.m.


Town of Smithtown, Senior Citizens Department

www.smithtownny.gov/  (Click on Departments)

631-360-7616

Transportation for residents age 60 and older with no other means of transportation are available for grocery shopping and other errands. (Cost is $1 each way.) Reservations must be made a week in advance. Call 631-265-8811 or 631-265-8826.


Town of Southampton, Senior Services Division

www.southamptontownny.gov (Click Town Services)

631-728-1235 (Hampton Bays Senior)

Residents age 60 and over and disabled individuals can use the weekday Senior Shuttle transportation program for basic services such as shopping and banking, non-emergency medical visits, and trips to governmental agencies. Call 631-728-1110.


Town of Southold, Human Services Department/Senior Center

www.southoldtownny.gov (Click on Government, then Departments)

631-298-4460

Transportation available to the Human Resource Center in Mattituck for weekday Congregate Dining Program lunches.

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