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Free Transportation for Seniors in Idaho

By Maurice

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If you're looking for free transportation for seniors in Idaho, you’re in the right place!

This page is a complete resource for free transportation for the elderly in the state of Idaho.

Check out the resources below, and if you have a resource to add, please contact us!

Map of Free Transportation for Seniors in Idaho


List of Free Transportation for Seniors in Idaho

Program Description:

EOA was incorporated in 1973 as a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation devoted to providing services to persons aged 60 and over and persons with disabilities of any age.

This is accomplished through programs provided by 18 senior centers located in eight SW Idaho counties. Programs include congregate meals, home delivered meals, transportation services, nutrition education, health promotion activities, socialization and recreational opportunities. EOA owns and operates 86 subsidized housing units for seniors aged 62 and over and the disabled in three communities.

EOA is operated under the direction of a non-paid 40 member board of directors. Thirty-six of the members consist of two representatives from each of the 18 senior centers and four are community members.


  • Service Area: Nampa and Caldwell, Canyon county

    Our service area is generally within a 10 mile radius of the senior center with special trips as scheduled outside of the 10 mile radius.
  • Transportation Services Provided: Medical/dental appointments, grocery shopping, meal sites, and community based care programs; personal trips and group recreational trips.
  • Eligibility Criteria: The following are eligible to receive transportation:
  • Older adults aged 60 and over and persons with disabilities of any age.
  • Application Details: TO SIGN UP/SCHEDULE FOR RIDES:
    To request a ride or a subscription call your local senior center.

    For more information please contact: 
  • 1.208.365.4461
  • 1.800.273.4462
  • Other Details: 
  1. 1
    Vehicle capacity varies at each location from mini-vans to small 12 passenger plus 2 wheelchair station buses.
  2. 2
    We utilize volunteer service providers and vehicles to maximize funding and extend hours and boundaries.
  3. 3
    Rides for older adults and persons with disabilities are provided at no fee, although donations are accepted and greatly appreciated to defray costs.
  4. 4
    Service animals are accepted on vehicles.
  5. 5
    Please contact your local senior center for hours of operation, services and service area.
  6. 6
    Trip requests can be made the same day or up to seven days in advance. Requests are honored as received and are based on availability. In the event the requested time cannot be accommodated, the next available time will be offered.
  7. 7
    A standing reservation or subscription can be established for trips to the same location, at the same time, on the same day every week. New subscriptions are honored as received based on space availability.

Program Description:

Our Mission is to provide assistance to seniors, people with disabilities, and financially limited individuals through a variety of human service programs to promote self-sufficiency and to protect dignity, safety, and independence.

Metro Community Services is a non-profit human services agency offering supportive and energy conservation services to Southwest Idaho. The organization was founded in 1973 as CCOA – Aging, Weatherization and Human Services, Inc.


  • Service Area: Canyon County
  • Transportation Services Provided: Medical, nutritional, employment, education, social, and recreational needs.
  • Eligibility Criteria: The following are eligible to receive transportation:
  • Age 60+ and/or people with disabilities in Canyon County.
  • Application Details: TO SIGN UP/SCHEDULE FOR RIDES:
    Please contact: 
  • Other Details: 
  1. 1
    No fares are charged, but donations are accepted.
  2. 2
    For those who do not require wheelchair accessibility, volunteer drivers are available for rides originating in Canyon County to medical appointments in the Treasure Valley.

Program Description:

Supportive Housing and Innovative Partnerships (SHIP) is a non-profit organization made up of cause-based staff and volunteers striving to preserve and sustain our community.

Founded in 2000 by Melanie Curtis, SHIP aims to address the many needs of persons in recovery.
Over the last 15 years, we have provided support for Idaho's veterans and persons in recovery.

SHIP also provides gender specific safe and sober housing for persons in recovery from substance abuse and mental health issues.

SHIP TRANSPORTATION: Our goal is to provide free rides to qualified candidates and to provide the best possible service as we continue to grow the program.


  • Service Area: Ada County
  • Transportation Services Provided: Anywhere.
  • Eligibility Criteria: The following are eligible to receive transportation: 
  • For Eligibility information please contact SHIP
    Supportive Housing and Innovative Partnerships (SHIP)
    305 E. 37th St
    Garden City, ID 83714
  • Application Details: TO SIGN UP/SCHEDULE FOR RIDES:
    Please contact: 
  • 208-573-2584
  • Other Details: 
  1. 1
    Rides: Monday thru Friday, 7:00AM – 6:00PM, closed all major holidays.
  2. 2
    Reservations: Monday thru Friday, 8:30AM – 4:00PM, closed all major holidays.
  3. 3
    Rides are available on a first come first serve basis depending on availability.
  4. 4
    We require 2 to 3 weeks advance notice for all ride requests.
  5. 5
    Trained service dogs are welcome and must be on a leash. Companion dogs or other animals may ride with owner IF they are kenneled. The kennel must be small enough to fit under the seat of the van or on the passenger’s lap.
  6. 6
    Transportation is provided free of charge.

Program Description:

Harvest Transit provides free transportation for seniors, persons with disabilities, and veterans from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday within a designated service area in Meridian. 

This program is designed by the local community, for the local community, in partnership with the local community.

Harvest Transit is made possible through a partnership between Harvest Church, Valley Regional Transit, and several community partners. VRT provides transportation programs for underserved communities and populations in the Treasure Valley and Southwest Idaho, with Harvest Transit being one offering among others. Harvest Church is a Christian church in downtown Meridian.


  • Service Area: Meridian,
    Your trip must be in start and finish within the green boundaries.
  • Transportation Services Provided: Any location within the service area.
  • Eligibility Criteria: The following are eligible to receive transportation: 
  • Seniors & disabled residents of Meridian.
  • Application Details: TO SIGN UP/SCHEDULE FOR RIDES:
    Please contact: 
  • 208-343-4414
  • Other Details: 
  1. 1
    Schedule your ride at least 2 business days in advance.
  2. 2
    Rides are available Monday – Saturday, 9am-3pm.
  3. 3
    You will receive a reminder call the night before your trip to inform you of when you will be picked up.
  4. 4
    Transportation is provided free of charge.

Program Description:

Rides2Wellness Ada County helps you get to your medical appointments by providing free transportation in the Treasure Valley. 
This program will pick you up from your home and drop you off at your appointment. 

This service is not a taxi or limousine. It is a shared-ride transit system that takes multiple passengers to different locations.
Rides2Wellness is coordinated with various transportation providers in the community.

Valley Regional Transit will schedule your ride with an available provider in your community.

Valley Regional Transit, St. Luke’s, and Saint Alphonsus understand that in order for you to recover, you need to make your follow-up appointments.

They have teamed together to bring the Rides2Wellness Program to participating clinics.


  • Service Area: Ada County
  • Transportation Services Provided: Medical appointments.
  • Eligibility Criteria: The following are eligible to receive transportation: 
  • You are not eligible for Medicaid transportation.
  • You do not have transportation to your medical appointment.
  • You live in Boise, Meridian, Garden City, Eagle, or Star.
  • Your appointment is at least two (2) business days after you call to schedule your appointment.
  • Your appointment is at a participating clinic.
  • Application Details: TO SIGN UP/SCHEDULE FOR RIDES:
    Please contact: 
  • Call the VRT Help Desk at (208) 345-7433.
  • Other Details: 
  1. 1
    Full list of participating clinics: CLINICS-Rides 2 Wellness-3.23.2021
  2. 2
    Once the ride is scheduled, you’ll receive a confirmation call the night before the scheduled appointment.
  3. 3
    Transportation is provided free of charge.

Program Description:

Valley Regional Transit (VRT) is now offering a new no-fare option to get Nampa and Caldwell residents to medical appointments with the startup of its Canyon County Rides2Wellness service.

The new Rides2Wellness service increases access to medical appointments for those who are unable to use existing transportation options offered by VRT.

VRT currently offers two transportation options: ACCESS paratransit service, which requires an extensive prequalification process, and the 150 VRT OnDemand service, which picks up and drops off passengers at more than 200 existing and virtual bus stops in Nampa/Caldwell.


  • Service Area: Canyon County
  • Transportation Services Provided: Medical appointments.
  • Eligibility Criteria: The following are eligible to receive transportation: 
  • VRT community partners (including hospitals and medical clinics, schools, housing shelters and food banks) will work with patients/clients to determine if they qualify for transportation to appointments or other medical/health-related activities. This assessment includes determining whether the person can use the existing 150 VRT OnDemand service, which replaced the fixed-route service in Nampa/Caldwell, or needs the more flexible Rides2Wellness service.
  • If the patient is a qualified candidate for Rides2Wellness, they will be enrolled in the program by the VRT community partner.
  • Application Details: TO SIGN UP/SCHEDULE FOR RIDES:
    Please contact: 
  • HELP DESK 208-345-7433
  • Other Details: 
  1. 1
    Rides2Wellness is a flexible program with both an on-demand service utilizing the local bus system and a pre-scheduled service, suited to meet the needs of Nampa and Caldwell residents.

Program Description:

The Area Agency on Aging provides a number of in-home and community services. 

Some of these services are required, by law, to be performed directly by Area Agency on Aging staff and others are sub-contracted out to local providers.

Service is to be available to those who have no other means of transportation or who are unable to use existing transportation.
Preference is given to older minorities and those with limited economic resources.

Personal assistance for those with limited physical mobility is provided.
The Area Agency on Aging contracts with several providers in the area to provide transportation services.

All transportation services contracted by the Area Agency on Aging are free to the seniors.
With the exception of TRPTA's fixed route system, all services are demand response.


  • Service Area: Bonneville, Butte, Clark, Custer, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison, Teton
  • Transportation Services Provided: To and from social services, medical and health care services, meals programs, places of employment, senior centers, shopping, civic functions, adult day care facilities, and recreation locations.
  • Eligibility Criteria: The following are eligible to receive transportation: 
  • Service is to be available to those who have no other means of transportation or who are unable to use existing transportation.
  • Persons 60 years of age and over.
  • Preference is given to older minorities and those with limited economic resources.
  • Application Details: TO SIGN UP/SCHEDULE FOR RIDES:
    To arrange a pick up, please call the transportation provider directly. Our contracted transportation providers are:
  • Lost River Senior Center - Arco - (208) 527-8296
  • Mackay Senior Center - (208) 588-2105
  • Salmon Nutrition Site - (208) 756-3556
  • South Fremont Senior Center - St. Anthony - (208) 624-3458
  • Targhee Regional Public Transportation Authority (TRPTA) - Urban Bonneville County - (208) 529-1489
  • Other Details: 
  1. 1
    All transportation services contracted by the Area Agency on Aging are free to the seniors.
  2. 2
    All services are demand response.

Program Description:

Citylink is a shared logo by two separate transit entities, one transit system in Kootenai County and a separate transit system in Benewah County. 

Citylink in Kootenai County is a small urban system serving:

  • Coeur d'Alene
  • Dalton Gardens
  • Hayden
  • Huetter
  • Post Falls

The Kootenai County Transit System is partially funded by federal and state funds awarded to Kootenai County and as the transit authority, Kootenai County, is responsible for the oversight and management of the Kootenai County Transit System. Grant matching funds are provided by participating cities, by the County and by voluntary investment provided by Kootenai Health and the Coeur d'Alene Tribe.


  • Service Area: Kootenai County
  • Transportation Services Provided: Public Transport.
  • Eligibility Criteria: The following are eligible to receive transportation: 
  • General Public.
  • Application Details: N/A
  • Other Details: 

Program Description:

Ring-a-Ride is a wheelchair accessible service for Seniors or for people with disabilities who are outside of the transit area.


  • Service Area: Kootenai County
  • Transportation Services Provided: Preset shopping trips on specific days to specific areas by appointment only.
  • Eligibility Criteria: The following are eligible to receive transportation: 
  • The Ring-a-Ride program is for residents over the age of 65 who live within the Ring-a-Ride
    area where public transportation is insufficient, unavailable, or inappropriate, and/or have
    some level of physical mobility challenge.
  • The Ring-a-Ride program may also be utilized for people between the age of 18 – 64 under the following circumstances: People with a disability that are assessed at the paratransit level but live outside of the paratransit area (an area that is ¾ of a mile adjacent to the regular bus route), but within the Ring-a-Ride zone(s) that are approved for Paratransit may choose either curb-tocurb service with Ring-a-Ride or Paratransit services by transporting into the Paratransit zone.
    Applicants under the age of 65 must complete a paratransit application, which can be found online.
  • Application Details: TO SIGN UP/SCHEDULE FOR RIDES:
    Please fill and return Application to:
  • Other Details: 
  1. 1
    Riders must also be able to perform the following functions independently or with/by a companion:
  • Carry their own packages or bags in one trip. Carts are allowed but drivers will not carry bags.
  • Make appointments
  • Self-ambulate by walking, or through use of a mobility device, or assisted as needed by a companion
  • Wait at a prearranged pick up spot, we are not a door-to-door service
  1. 2
    Ring-a-Ride will provide preset shopping trips on specific days to specific areas by appointment only. Other destinations and appointment times may be available as scheduling permits. No more than eight (8) round trips are allowed at this time.
  2. 3
    Service hours are:
    Monday through Friday:
    First pickup at 6 a.m. and last drop-off at 6 p.m.
    Saturday
    First pickup at 9 a.m. and last drop-off at 3 p.m.
  3. 4
    Dispatch Hours
    Reservations are accepted:
    Monday through Friday
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed between noon and 1 p.m. for lunch.)
    The reservation office is closed on Saturdays and Sundays
  4. 5
    Other destinations and appointment times may be available as scheduling permits.

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