Transportation Services for Older Adults

County Programs

The County of Santa Clara provides two transportation programs, the Mobility Management Program (MMP) and Reach Your Destination Easily (RYDE).

 

Mobility Management Program

The Mobility Management Program provides free transportation benefits for eligible, registered dining program participants to access meal sites and engage in social interaction with others.

In FY2021, MMP helped a total of 1,130 participants access Senior Nutrition Program dining sites.

Benefits

There are a variety of free transportation benefits available to eligible dining participants. These include monthly bus passes for participants who are 65 years of age or older, gas cards for those who are 60 years of age or older, and paratransit rides for participants 60 years of age or older with disabilities who cannot use bus and light rail transit service due to their physical, visual, or cognitive disabilities.
 

To qualify, you must:


For detailed information on eligibility, please see the mobility benefits application below.

 

Mobility Benefits Application

Fill Out the Mobility Benefits Application Today
(Must bring to site manager for approval)

 

For more information on MMP, please visit a dining program and speak with a SNP site manager.


 

RYDE Program

RYDE Logo

RYDE is a curb-to-curb transportation and local trip planning service for adults 65 years of age or older living in certain parts of Santa Clara County. RYDE can be used for appointments, grocery shopping, visits with friends, other local trips, doctors’ offices, hospitals, the Sunnyvale CalTrain Center, and the Veterans Hospital in Palo Alto (non-emergency trips only).
 

Eligibility

To be eligible for RYDE services, participants must be 65 years of age or older, and ambulatory (able to walk on their own, or be able to walk assisted with a cane or walker). RYDE participants are allowed only one companion per passenger.

RYDE is unable to accommodate wheelchairs or motorized scooters at this time.
 

RYDE Destinations

The Santa Clara County RYDE program can provide rides for eligible participants who live within the following zip codes:

95118     95119     95122     95123     95139
 

Rides can be taken up to 8 miles from a participant’s home for non-medical trips, and up to 16 miles from a participant’s home for medical trips. RYDE also provides trips to the Sunnyvale Caltrain station and the Veterans Hospital in Palo Alto regardless of distance from the participant’s home.

For all other RYDE areas, visit www.rydescc.org.
 

RYDE Fees

RYDE fees are based on annual income and the number of miles traveled to a destination.

  • Up to 4 miles: $0.90 - $9.00
  • 5 to 8 miles: $1.30 - $13.00
  • 9 to 16 miles: $1.80 - $18.00

Each passenger must make a deposit before their first scheduled ride. Deposits range from $10 to $30 based on the passenger’s annual income.
 

RYDE Scheduling

To request a ride, call 2 business days in advance. Rides can be booked up to 4 weeks ahead.

Residents living in the following zip codes 95118, 95119, 95122, 95123, 95139 can schedule a ride by contacting (408) 755-7614 or [email protected].

For all other RYDE areas, visit www.rydescc.org.

 

 

Community Transportation Services

Organizations other than the County of Santa Clara also provide transportation services for older adults. See below for various transportation programs around the County.

Avenidas Door to Door
North County
(650) 289-5411
 

Heart of the Valley Services for Seniors
West Santa Clara Valley
(408) 241-1571
 

Portuguese Organization for Social Services and Opportunities (POSSO) Escort Program
(408) 293-0877
 

RoadRunners Transportation
10-mile radius of El Camino Health Hospital in Mountain View
(650) 940-7016
 

Sourcewise Transit Service
South County
(408) 762-7362
 

 

Contact Us

Phone: 408-755-7680
Email: [email protected]

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