The Department for Aging’s transportation provider is CDTA ACCESS. They coordinate transportation for Albany County seniors age 60+ that have no other means of transportation and need to access vital appointments and services. Transportation is not guaranteed, all requests for vital transportation will be met before requests for transportation to non-vital services are met. Services are prioritized for those most in need to:
- Congregate Meal Sites (when available)
- Grocery Stores (when available)
Contributions for rides are accepted, but not required. (The suggested donation is $4.50 one way.)
Call CDTA ACCESS at (518) 437-5161 to set up an appointment. Reservations should be made at least 48 hours in advance. Please be prepared to give the operator: your information, your appointment time and your destination address and phone number and pick up time.
Through the CDTA ACCESS line, seniors will be able to access a variety of transportation options including: schedule Star Bus transportation; get a CDTA ½ Fare Bus Card or a CDTA Bus Pass or register for the CDTA "Learn to Ride" the Bus Program.
Seniors in the Towns of Colonie, Guilderland and Bethlehem should access their town senior transportation by calling:
Colonie Senior Services Center: 518 459-6064
Guilderland Senior Services: 518 356-1980 ext. 1048
Bethlehem Senior Center: 518 439-5770
Half Fare CDTA bus card for Seniors (65+) and disabled, call 518-447-7177, and for guidelines and more info and see: http://www.cdta.org/fares_passes_rider_reduced.php#half
The Star Bus Paratransit provides alternative transportation to people whom at certain times cannot use, or have substantial difficulty using, the CDTA fixed-route bus system because of a disability or impairment. For certification and application call: (518) 482-2022 or http://www.cdta.org/accessibility_paratransit.php
For senior drivers AARP Driver Safety Program is an 8-hour classroom refresher that can help you learn the effects of aging on driving and ways to adjust. Most classes are taught in two, four-hour sessions spanning two days. You can search by zip code to find upcoming classes near you. drivers safety classes call toll free 1-877-846-3299 or see listing for classes at: http://www.aarp.org/ws/EO/driver-safety-programs/
“When You Are Concerned: A handbook for families, friends and caregivers worried about the safety of an aging driver” call (518) 474-7158 for more information. http://www.aging.ny.gov/Transportation/OlderDriver/DriverIntroduction.cfm
If you have concerns about a driver because of their medical condition, any concerned individual or the person’s Doctor can notify NYS Department of Motor Vehicles of a possible condition and request a driver review. For more information about the process see form DS-6 or DS-7 Physicians Requests for review. To download the DMV forms go to: http://dmv.ny.gov/forms?query=medical+condition. Forms can be obtained at NYSDMV, 224 South Pearl St. Albany, NY 12202