Transportation is helpful in maintaining employment, education, healthcare and community life. Transportation services will allow you to live independently within the community. If you do not drive, there are generally two options: public transit and paratransit. Public transit includes fixed route public transportation by bus, subway and light rail.
Paratransit includes door-to-door service for people with disabilities who are unable to ride fixed-route public transportation, including accessible lift-equipped and low-floor buses. There are taxi services as well as private companies that provide accessible transportation.
Travel training is designed to teach you how to travel safely and independently on accessible fixed-route public transportation. Specially trained personnel provide the travel training in a group or one-to-one basis.
In Georgia, public transportation is provided by MARTA. All MARTA rail cars and stations, along with all of the buses, are designed with special features to accommodate both the elderly and persons with disabilities. MARTA offers Reduced Fare Breeze cards to eligible senior citizens, persons with disabilities and Medicare cardholders. The card allows you to travel at a reduced fare at all times. Reduced Fare Breeze Cards are good for both the bus and rail systems.
MARTA provides ADA Complementary Paratransit Service to eligible persons with disabilities who are unable to board, ride or disembark from an accessible vehicle in MARTA's regular bus or rail services. Service is provided with special lift-equipped vans on a curb-to-curb, shared ride basis. Certified individuals having a MARTA ADA Photo Identification Card may call the MARTA Mobility Reservation Office at (404) 848-5000 Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Jewish Family & Career Services also offers Alterman/JETS Transportation, which provides transportation for both seniors and adults with disabilities to and from work, doctor or other appointments, social outings, shopping or other destinations. Service is geared towards clients of other Jewish Family & Career Services programs or those who are approved for waiver funded transportation.
In Cobb County, you can take advantage of the Get on the Bus, Gus! travel training program to help provide mobility options to people with disabilities, seniors and ADA paratransit riders. Find out more information about this program and others listed on their Transportation Resource Directory intended to serve citizens of all ages; including people with disabilities.