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Free Transportation for Seniors in Illinois

By Maurice

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

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

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


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Map of Free Transportation for Seniors in Illinois


List of Free Transportation for Seniors in Illinois

Program Description:

Advocate Health Care, a faith-based nonprofit, is the largest health system in Illinois and a leader in the medical field that's dedicated to changing patient expectations by giving them easy access to all that they need to stay well, live well and achieve outstanding treatment outcomes.


  • Service Area: Chicago metro area (Oak Lawn, primarily in the hospital's zip code 60453)
  • Transportation Services Provided: medical appointments
  • Eligibility Criteria: The following are eligible to receive transportation: 
  • be ambulatory and able to meet the vehicle at the curb;
  • live in the hospital's primary service area as designated by ZIP code;
  • have a medical need (e.g., physician appointment or outpatient test) at the hospital;
  • Application Details: Applicants must call 708-684-4123 between 9 a.m. and noon Monday through Friday for details and requirements.
  • Other Details: 
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    There is a free bus service to and from parking lot.
  • 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
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    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.
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    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.
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    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
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    Other destinations and appointment times may be available as scheduling permits.

Program Description:

Michael Grach founded All-Ways Medical Carriers in 1995, and it has remained family owned and operated since then. 

Specializing in medical transportation, we work with many special education and special needs departments of local school districts, as well as assisted living and private care facilities.


  • Service Area: Greater Chicago Area
  • Transportation Services Provided: non-emergency medical transportation
  • Eligibility Criteria: The following are eligible to receive transportation: 
  • Clients must be individuals with limited mobility or other special needs.
  • Application Details: Applicants should call
  • Other Details: 
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    No price information found on their website.
    Free according to Rides In Sight and Free Medical Transport (a nationwide directory of both emergency and non-emergency medical transportation companies or organizations.).

Program Description:

The Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council (BYNC) was founded in 1939 by Joseph Meegan, Saul Alinsky, supporting clergy, business owners, union officials, and residents.

BYNC, located at 1751 W. 47th Street in Chicago, is among the oldest not-for-profit community organization in the Unitied States, serving a large area of Chicago’s Southwest Side, which includes the communities of Brighton Park, McKinley Park, and New City.

The BYNC through SSA 10 and SSA 39 supports local shopping in the area by providing transportation to our neighborhood senior citizens. We operate a free small shuttle bus service that provides door-to-door, convenient, safe, and free transportation for the senior citizens in our area; allowing them to remain independent and self-sufficient.


  • Service Area: Chicago’s Southwest Side (communities of Brighton Park, McKinley Park, and New City)
  • Transportation Services Provided: Shopping
  • Eligibility Criteria: Clients must be:
  • senior citizens;
  • living in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.
  • Application Details: To reserve the bus, applicants must call BYNC office the day before, anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
    The bus driver will call the applicant to confirm their pick-up time for the next day.
  • (773) 523-4416
  • Other Details: 
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    SSA 10: 47th / Ashland Retail District
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    SSA #39: BRIGHTON PARK / ARCHER HEIGHTS
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    For more information please contact Jim Gonskaesc (773) 523-4416.

Program Description:

Bacoa’s programs and services offer creative solutions that help older adults navigate the dynamic process of aging, and allowing them to live life to their full potential and on their own terms.

Most Bacoa services are free or on a sliding-fee scale, based on the senior’s financial status. No one is ever refused services because of an inability to pay.

Our focus is primarily in Barrington, North Barrington, South Barrington, Lake Barrington, Barrington Hills, Deer Park and Tower Lakes.
Volunteers for our “Easy Riders” transportation service drive older adults to the grocery store, pharmacy or to personal care appointments.


  • Service Area: Barrington area (Barrington, North Barrington, South Barrington, Lake Barrington, Barrington Hills, Deer Park and Tower Lakes)
  • Transportation Services Provided: any purpose (grocery store, pharmacy or to personal care appointments)
  • Eligibility Criteria: Clients must be:
  • Clients must be seniors in Barrington area.
  • Application Details: Applicants must call 
  • (847) 381-5030 at least five days before their appointment to reserve a ride.
  • Other Details: 
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    Please note: Because of COVID-19 safety concerns, the Easy Riders and FISH services are suspended until further notice. Please check back on this page or follow our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates.

Program Description:

The Bloom Township VIP Senior Wheels program operates curb-to-curb transportation service to Bloom Township residents age 60 and older or mobility limited disabled persons. 

Transportation to stores, restaurants, medical appointments and township activities, as well as other destinations are available. Vehicles are equipped with handicap accessible lifts and are air-conditioned. Drivers are safe, friendly and dependable.


  • Service Area: within Bloom Township and, only for medical appointments, up to 5 miles beyond township border
  • Transportation Services Provided: any purpose
  • Eligibility Criteria: Clients must be:
  • Bloom Township residents;
  • aged 60 and older or
  • mobility limited disabled persons.
  • Application Details: Applicants must call 
  • pre-register to ride VIP Senior Wheels by calling Senior Services at 708-754-9400 extension 7276;
  • provide information such as emergency contact;
  • make reservations at least 1 business day in advance by 2 p.m.

    Applicant might be contacted periodically to keep this information up-to-date.
  • Other Details: 
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    Please note: Because of COVID-19 safety concerns, the Easy Riders and FISH services are suspended until further notice. Please check back on this page or follow our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates.

Program Description:

Our DIAL-A-BUS Service with chair lifts is available to transport Elk Grove Township Senior residents age 55+ and Disabled residents over 18 years of age for FREE to

destinations within the Township boundaries using our (curb-to-curb) service, but due to insurance restrictions grandchildren are not allowed to ride on the bus.

Elk Grove Township boundaries of Central Road on the North, Devon on the South, Mt. Prospect Road on the East and Rohlwing Road on the West. Local area hospitals which we transport to are Amita (Alexian Brothers) and Northwest Community.


  • Service Area: within the Elk Grove Township boundaries
  • Transportation Services Provided: any purpose, with priority for medical appointments
  • Eligibility Criteria: Clients must be:
  • Elk Grove Township Senior residents age 55+ ;
  • Disabled residents over 18 years of age.
  • Application Details: Applicants must call 
  • make their reservations before 3:00 PM at least one day in advance by calling the Elk Grove Township office at 847-437-0300;
  • call after 9:00 AM on the day of their scheduled ride to find out their approximate pick-up time or to cancel their pick-up.

    Further information and bus schedules can be obtained by calling Elk Grove Township at 847-437-0300.
  • Other Details: 
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    Space is limited and reservations will be accepted on a first come first serve basis.
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    Please inform us when calling for a reservation if you have a disability that requires the use of a wheel chair, walker or cane.
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    DIAL-A-BUS is available when the Township offices are open Monday through Friday.
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    Residents that are being transported to Dialysis or a Doctor’s appointment receive priority with our service and other destinations subsequent to those trips being completed will be scheduled for your arrival at your destination by 10:30 AM and will need to pick you up by 3:00 PM to finish our day by 4:00 PM.
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    We ask that if you will be going to a Doctor appointment that you make your appointments no earlier than 10:30 A.M., no later than 1:00 P.M and note that all appointments must be finished by 3:00 p.m.
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    Please be ready at least 15 minutes before your pick-up time and be patient if the bus is running late. Our buses cover a lot of ground each day and have to contend with road construction and traffic.
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    A donation receptacle is located near the driver on each bus. This donation is purely voluntary, but does help defray the cost of bus services.

Program Description:

Connections to Care (formerly Escorted Transportation Service) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2006 

with the sole goal of providing reliable, volunteer-based, accompanied transportation for the older adults in our community to get to their crucial medical and dental appointments.


  • Service Area: North to Lake Cook Rd, South to Biesterfield Rd, West to Barrington Road, East to Greenwood Ave

    Our territory includes 5 major medical facilities – Northwest Community Hospital, Advocate Lutheran General, NorthShore Glenbrook Hospital, AMITA Health St. Alexius Hospital and AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Hospital.
  • Transportation Services Provided: general checkups, dental, vision, wound care, lab work, physical therapy, etc.
  • Eligibility Criteria: Clients must be:
  • Live within Connections to Care service area.
  • Be 60+ years of age.
  • Be able to get into and out of a car independently (They do not take wheelchairs)
  • Application Details: Applicants must call 
  • Fully complete and submit an application (Click HERE to download application)
    Call a minimum of 7 days in advance of appointments. They can accept rides up to 3 months in advance, so please call ASAP with an appointment request.
  • Other Details: 
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    They ask for a $15 donation for each round-trip ride ($7.50 for one-way rides).

Program Description:

Non-Emergency Transportation Services Prior Authorization Program (NETSPAP), a program of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS).

NETSPAP is a Medicaid program dedicated to help Medicaid Participants who have limited access to non-emergency transportation to and from a Medicaid covered health care service. First Transit is the call center that the HFS contracted with to provide the review of prior authorizations for most non-emergency transportation. First Transit is NOT a transportation provider, and does not arrange transportation.

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, or HFS, administers and funds, in part or in full, Medicaid and other Medical Assistance Programs providing comprehensive health coverage to over 2.7 million qualified adults and children of Illinois.


  • Service Area: Illinois
  • Transportation Services Provided: Non-Emergency Transportation Services Prior Authorization Program
  • Eligibility Criteria: Clients must be:
  • First Transit must adhere to HIPAA regulations.Therefore, family members and some other representatives calling on behalf of the Participant may be required to furnish verbal or written authorization from the Participant before a request can be processed.
  • Written authorizations should include the Participant’s Recipient Identification Number (RIN), name, signature and the full name of the authorized person.
  • First Transit is not involved with providing Medicaid to individuals.
  • We approve or deny transportation requests for those who already have obtained benefits through their local public aid office, or Department of Human Services (DHS) office.
  • Once an individual is approved for Medicaid, they receive a Mediplan card and are assigned to a Recipient Identification Number (RIN). A RIN is a unique 9-digit number (not a Social Security number) located on their medical card.
  • First Transit will not use anything other than a RIN or a Request Tracking Number (RTN) to access a Participant’s account.
  • Application Details: Applicants must call 
  • If this is your first time using the service, please call First Transit, at 877-725-0569, and they will determine the most adequate mode of transportation for your needs.

    You must choose your transportation provider from the list given to you by First Transit. If none of the transportation providers given to you can take you to your appointment, you can call First Transit back.

    After you have arranged for transportation with the provider of your choosing, call back First Transit so the trip can be approved.
  • Other Details: 
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    Medicaid covered

Program Description:

Center of Concern and FISH of Park Ridge are 501(C) 3 not- for-profit agencies operated by volunteer Boards of Directors. 

The mission of The Center of Concern is to provide housing assistance, support services, and counseling for seniors, the disabled, and others in need enabling them to live with dignity and independence.


  • Service Area: Park Ridge Maine Township
  • Transportation Services Provided: Medical and Dental Appointments
  • Eligibility Criteria: Clients must be:
  • Drivers are not trained to assist those with special needs, and everyone who uses this service must be able to get to, into, and out of a car with minor assistance. Canes and walkers can be accommodated, however, clients who rely on wheelchairs should use a paratransit service. Return transportation from any procedure or operation where anesthesia or opiates are administered such as oral surgery, colonoscopy, cataract surgery, root canals, etc. is not available.
  • Application Details: Applicants must call 
  • Call 847-823-0453. At least one week in advance of appointment is needed to schedule transportation service.
  • Other Details: 
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    There will be no changes to the current process of FISH transportation service for Seniors.
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    Transportation services are free and there is no charge for a caregiver who accompanies a senior client.

Program Description:

Hanover Township offers residents a variety of transportation options. From subsidized vouchers for working individuals; to medical visit transportation, the Township has you covered.

 ( RTA Program , Dial-A-Bus Program , TIDE: Ticket to Ride Taxi Voucher Program)


  • Service Area: Hanover Township
  • Transportation Services Provided: Medical appointments, personal business, grocery shopping, regularly scheduled trips to shopping malls, etc.
  • Eligibility Criteria: Clients must be:
  • The TIDE Ticket to Ride Taxi Voucher Program is available for 16 years or older, who have a physical, cognitive (mental) or developmental condition that interferes in at least one "major life activity".
  • TRIP: Township Riders Initiative Pilot Is Available for Individuals 60+ years of age and individuals with a permanent disability age 18 and above.
  • Dial-A-Bus Program is available for Township residents 55+ years of age and individuals with a permanent disability age 18 and above.
  • Application Details: Applicants must:
  • Township Riders Initiative Pilot : Call (630) 483-5656 for age and residency requirements and to register for this program. Dial-A-Bus Program We provide service on a first come, first served basis and reservations should be made at least 24 hours in advance by calling (630) 483-5656.

    TIDE Transportation services for persons with disabilities are available through the Hanover Township Aging Services Department. These services are available Mon-Fri. These services are available for persons needing to get to doctor's appointments, shopping and other activities.

    For more information about these services, please call (630)483-5600 .
  • Other Details: 
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    Free, suggested donation $1/one-way and $2/round trip

Program Description:

Helping Hands was founded in 1988 as a local non-profit service organization whose goal is to assist the Glenview elderly and/or disabled.


  • Service Area: Glenview
  • Transportation Services Provided: Appointments , local shops and grocery stores
  • Eligibility Criteria: Clients must be:
  • Client Must be Senior or Disabled
  • Application Details: Applicants must:
  • Fill out this (HELPING HANDS CLIENT release_revised_0819.docx) release Form and Contacts 847-729-8181. After the recorded message and beep, gives their name, telephone number, date and time the service is needed and destination. Please speak slowly and clearly. Our phone coordinator checks for messages once a day Monday through Friday.

    Phone coordinator will then make calls to our volunteer drivers to find transportation for the client. (Sometimes it takes several days to reach an available driver.)
    Volunteer driver will then call the client to confirm date and time for picking up the client. Please mark down driver’s name.

    For cancellations or changes, please call 847-729-8181 as soon as possible. Give your name, date and time of appointment and the driver’ name. The phone coordinator will then notify the volunteer driver of the changes.
  • Other Details: 
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    THERE IS NO FEE FOR THEIR TRANSPORTATION SERVICES.
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    Please remember we need at least one week notice

Program Description:

The mission of Interfaith Community Partners is to maximize the independence and well-being of older adults by enabling connections with others in their community. Interfaith Community Partners is a non-profit organization.

In 1999, extensive community research undertaken by Community Memorial Foundation identified the plight of isolated adults in our communities. ICP was founded with grants from the Community Memorial Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Faith in Action).

Seven local congregations formed Interfaith Community Partners to better meet the needs of older adults in the Greater Lyons Township. ICP began as a visitation service with teams of volunteers from the seven founding churches. It became evident that loss of mobility is one of the biggest causes of isolation.


  • Service Area: Our service areas:Brookfield, Burr Ridge, Countryside, Hinsdale, Hodgkins, Indian Head Park, La Grange, La Grange Highlands, La Grange Park, Lyons, North Riverside, Oak Brook, Westchester, Western Springs

    Coming soon: Broadview, Clarendon Hills, Darien, Downers Grove, Summit, Westmont, Willowbrook
  • Transportation Services Provided: Medical appointments, grocery store, hairdresser, bank, church and other necessary errands to sustain independent living.
  • Eligibility Criteria: Clients must be:
  • No specific eligibility criteria.
  • Application Details: Applicants must:
  • Applicants must:
    Please complete the form below to begin the process of becoming an ICP client (or if you’d prefer to print and mail a hard copy, you can also download the form: Client Intake Form
  • Other Details: 
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    No price information found on their website.

Program Description:

Levy Senior Center Foundation, Inc. (LSCF) supports the Levy Center in so many ways! The Foundation purchases equipment to 

enhance programs, subsidizes the Center’s bus for day trips, offers trip scholarships, maintains the Center's gardens and funds three exciting cultural programs.

The Levy Senior Center offers a wide variety of programming to the adults and seniors of Evanston and surrounding communities. The Levy Family donated a 22-passenger bus to shuttle members to and from the Center.


  • Service Area: Evanston
  • Transportation Services Provided: Levy Center pick and Drop And Grocery Shoppings
  • Eligibility Criteria: Clients must be:
  • Levy Senior Center Membership is open to adults age 55 years and older.
  • The Center membership fee is $34 for an Evanston resident of ZIP codes 60201 and 60202 and $54 for a nonresident.
  • Application Details: Applicants must:
  • To schedule a pick-up, please call 311 or 847-448-4311 the day of between the hours of 7-8:30am. Please call 847-448-8250 if you would like a ride to the grocery store.

    The bus does not leave Evanston boundaries and it does not make door-to-door pick-ups or drop-offs. Grocery shopping will be on Tuesdays and Wednesdays beginning at 11am from the Levy Center. On Tuesdays, the bus will drop off at Dollar Tree, Goodwill and Vali.

    On Wednesdays the bus will drop off at Sam’s Club, Marshalls, Food for Less, Jewel and
    Target. The bus will come pick you up at the end of your shopping trip.
  • Other Details: 
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    No charge for Levy Center members.

Program Description:

The Niles Free Bus is a courtesy bus system operation within the Village of Niles at no charge to riders.


  • Service Area: Niles, IL Route 410 - Route 411 Route 412 Route 413
  • Transportation Services Provided: Public Transportation.
  • Eligibility Criteria: Clients must be:
  • No specific eligibility criteria.
  • Application Details: Applicants must:
  • The Free Bus runs continually from 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays, and 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekends. The buses stop at all major shopping centers, public facilities, and within a short distance of every residence.
  • Other Details: 
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    THERE IS NO FEE FOR THEIR TRANSPORTATION SERVICES.

Program Description:

Oak Park and River Forest Townships Senior Services offers a broad continuum of supportive services in order to promote independence of older adults in the communities of Oak Park and River Forest.


  • Service Area: Oak Park and River Forest. Special group trips outside of the service area are available throughout the year.
  • Transportation Services Provided: Medical appointments, Social activities, Errands
  • Eligibility Criteria: Clients must be:
  • We offer transportation services to our residents 60 years and older and to persons aged 18 and older with disabilities.
  • Application Details: Applicants must:
  • Please call: Transportation Office (708) 383-4806
  • Phone Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30am - 1:30pm
    Appointments: 24 hours to 1 week in advance
    Ride Hours: Monday through Friday 7:45am – 4:00pm
  • Other Details: 
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    Suggested donation of $1.00 per ride

Program Description:

Lyons Township is one of 30 townships in Cook County, IL. As of the 2010 census, its population was 111,688. Lyons Township was established in 1849 and is comprised of seventeen municipalities.

Senior Transportation a free service for Township residents 60 years and older and for those with a Disability.


  • Service Area: North- 39th st/Ogden Ave
    South- 87th St.
    East- Harlem Ave
    West-County Line Road
  • Transportation Services Provided: Medical Appointments and Grocery shopping
  • Eligibility Criteria: Clients must be:
  • Township residents 60 years and older and for those with a Disability.
  • Application Details: Applicants must:
  • You can register for this program by calling the office Monday-Friday, 8:00-3:30 at 708-354-0292. Please call in ADVANCE to make a reservation for any Medical appointment as soon as you confirm your appointment.

    For all Medical appointments please have ready when you call: Office address and appointment time.
    Note: for medical related appointments, They will travel up to two miles beyond the Township Boundaries.
    Note: Outside of Township: Please schedule an appointment between 9:30-1:30 to ensure they can get you there on time and picked up afterwards.
  • Other Details: 

Program Description:

The Norridge Village Administrative Offices are located at 4000 N. Olcott Ave. Norridge was incorporated on December 4, 1948, as a village form of government, having a Village Board of Trustees consisting of a President, a Village Clerk and 6 Trustees all elected at large.


  • Service Area: Within Village limits
  • Transportation Services Provided: Public Transportation.
  • Eligibility Criteria: Clients must be:
  • No specific eligibility criteria.
  • Application Details: Applicants must:
  • This transporation is provided at no charge to our residents only, so if you plan on using the bus, please be prepared to show identification proving residency.
  • Other Details: 
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    This transporation is provided at no charge to our residents only.
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    The service opreates Monday through Friday, from 8:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M., within the Village limits.
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    The bus does not operate from Noon to 1:00 P.M.

Program Description:

PeopleCare began providing a volunteer visitation program to the homebound elderly, often serving as respite for a primary caregiver. 

Today, PeopleCare volunteers are still reaching out to the elderly, only with an array of services including information and referral, transportation, shopping, visitation, and caregiver support. Programs specifically target communities without programs and were developed to benefit those whose age or physical condition limits their mobility.


  • Service Area: No specific information available on their website
  • Transportation Services Provided: Personal errands like medical visits, drug store pick-ups and financial appointments etc
  • Eligibility Criteria: Clients must be:
  • No specific information available on their website
  • Application Details: Applicants must:
  • For assistance please call Them at (708) 442-1223.
  • Other Details: 
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    No price information found on their website.

Program Description:

The Proviso Township Senior Referral Office is a multi-service agency providing information and referral services either by phone or in person. A wide variety of services are available to seniors and handicapped individuals. 

Always a leader in offering programs for seniors, Proviso Township is part of a statewide network of information and referral. Proviso Township is home to fourteen villages, each with its own character and unique amenities.

The villages include: Bellwood, Broadview, Berkeley, Brookfield, Forest Park, Hillside, LaGrange Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, North Riverside, Northlake, Stone Park, Western Springs and Westchester.


  • Service Area: Township of Proviso
  • Transportation Services Provided: Medical facilities and other qualifying non-medical locations within the Township.
  • Eligibility Criteria: Clients must be:
  • Township offers a free Senior Ride Program for residents at least 60 years of age.
  • Application Details: Applicants must:
  • Please register with the Senior Services Department by filling out the form below, Transportation - Township of Proviso scanning and attaching a proof of age, address and the signed Client Agreement Form.  You can also register in-person at the Township office in Hillside or call us at 708-449-4307 and we will explain how to register via mail, email or FAX.
  • Other Details: 
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    Proviso Township offers FREE rides to senior citizens.

Program Description:

We offer a wide range of services and special events for senior citizens of Thornton Township. These programs and services are designed to assist seniors in enjoying their “Golden Years.”

The Thornton Township Senior Transportation Program operates a curb-to-curb service for township seniors age 60 and older. Our service complies with all American With Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.


  • Service Area: Thornton Township
  • Transportation Services Provided: Medical Appointments and shopping
  • Eligibility Criteria: Clients must be:
  • Seniors age 60 and older.
  • Application Details: Applicants must:
  • To schedule a ride, call 708-339-9980. For further information on the program, call 708-596-6040, Ext. 4011.
  • Other Details: 
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    Suggested donation for each one-way ride is $1.00.
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    The following is a list of the only major medical facilities outside the township that riders may be transported to.
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    DaVita Comprehensive Renal Service
    222 Douglas, Hammond
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    Governors Highway Clinic
    17901 Governors Highway, Homewood
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    South Suburban Hospital
    17800 Kedzie, Hazel Crest
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    MetroSouth Medical Center
    12935 South Gregory, Blue Island
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    St. Margaret Mercy Healthcare Center (North)
    5500 Hohman Avenue, Hammond
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    Hammond Clinic
    7905 Calumet Avenue, Munster
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    Community Hospital
    901 MacArthur Blvd., Munster
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    Shopping is also provided to the following locations on these specified days:
    Monday: Halsted Street Shopping Area (Homewood)
    Tuesday: Jewel, Walt’s & Aldi’s (South Holland), Ultra Food & Walmart (Lansing) 2:00 pm Return
    Wednesday: River Oaks, East & West (Calumet City)2:00 pm Return
    Thursday: K-Mart (Lansing)
    Friday: Food 4 Less (Dolton), Almar Plaza (Dolton), and Pete’s Fresh Market (Calumet City)

Program Description:

Urhai Community Service Center was established in 2001 as a nonprofit, 501 ©(3), community-based organization to meet the needs of the Assyrian immigrants and refugees residing in the Metropolitan Chicago area and suburbs.

Our mission is to provide comprehensive social services to Assyrian immigrants and refugees arriving USA from the Middle Eastern war torn Countries such as Iraq, Iran, and Lebanon to help them overcome the cultural and language barriers and become productive members of the American society.

Although the target population is Assyrian, our services and programs are extended to assist other ethnic groups seeking assistance such a Russian, Jews, Hispanic, Arabs, Persians, African-Americans, Indians, Pakistanis, and Afghans.

Urhai Community Service Center is proud of being able to change the life of thousands thru the quality of services provided in all the past years.


  • Service Area:  
  • Transportation Services Provided: Medicare Transportation
  • Eligibility Criteria: Clients must be:
  • Elderly and Disabled
  • Application Details: Applicants must:
  • Please call them at 773-275-2688
  • Other Details: 
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    NO pricing information found on their website.
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    Eligible clients are required to call at least two days in advance to enable us to obtain the appropriate approval for the trip.
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    It is a special program to assist elderly and disabled individuals who are on Medicaid only.
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    The program provides two-way transportation services from the client’s home to physicians’ offices, clinics, and hospitals.

Program Description:

The Village Clerk’s Office serves as a link between the citizens of the community and the Mayor and Board of Trustees. 

It can also be considered the hub for numerous and varied administrative services which are provided to the residents of Chicago Ridge.


  • Service Area:  Chicago Ridge
  • Transportation Services Provided: Doctor appointments, grocery shopping, Chicago Ridge Mall, hair appointments, and Our Lady of the Ridge Church on Sundays for the 9:30 a.m. mass.
  • Eligibility Criteria: Clients must be:
  • Senior Citizens who live in Chicago Ridge and are unable to drive.
  • Application Details: Applicants must:
  • Please call them at 708-425-7700
  • Other Details: 
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    No Pricing Information found on their website.
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    All appointments for the shuttle bus must be made 24 hours in advance between the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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    No same-day appointments will be taken unless it is a emergency doctor appointment.
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    If you would like a copy of the senior bus schedule or have any questions, you may call the Village Hall at 708-425-7700.

Program Description:

The Village of Crestwood has a small Pace Bus that is available to all Crestwood residents to use to get around town.


  • Service Area: Within the corporate limits of the Village of Crestwood.
  • Transportation Services Provided: Personal errands like medical visits, drug store pick-ups and financial appointments etc
  • Eligibility Criteria: Clients must be:
  • No specific eligibility criteria.
  • Application Details: Applicants must:
  • To Schedule a Ride, call the Village of Crestwood at (708) 371-4800, and Press 2 at the Main Menu.
  • Other Details: 
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    Cost per trip is $2.25 for Adults, $1.25 for Students and Senior Citizens (65 years +) and Disabled/Handicapped Residents ride FREE.
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    The Dial A Ride bus service is available, Monday – Friday and operating hours are 9:00 am to 3:45 pm.
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    The Dial A Ride bus is accessible for passengers requiring mobility assistance.
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    Our bus is equipped with a lift to accommodate wheelchairs, mobility scooters and walkers; so nothing will prevent you from taking care of personal business, errands or socializing with friends.
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    The bus has AC for the summer and is heated in the winter.

Program Description:

The Village of Melrose Park Dial a Ride Program was initiated in 2000 to provide residents of our community with a new transportation resource to any location in the Melrose Park boundaries. 

Residents are encouraged to use the program to do their everyday needs such as grocery shopping, doctor appointments, etc. We are also handicapped accessible.


  • Service Area: Village of Melrose Park
  • Transportation Services Provided: Grocery shopping, doctor appointments, etc.
  • Eligibility Criteria: Clients must be:
  • No specific eligibility criteria.
  • Application Details: Applicants must:
  • To make a reservation, please call (708) 343-7047.
    This service is available to Melrose Park residents Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Other Details: 
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    No Pricing Information found on their website.
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    You can make appointments from the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday.
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    To book an appointment or make a cancellation, you must call at least 24 hours in advance.
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    Only one reservation per rider per day. NO EXCEPTIONS!
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    Only two appointments a week can be made for miscellaneous use such as grocery shopping etc.
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    Anyone using the van for doctor appointments, etc., may use the van up to three times a week.
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    You must stay at your destination you are going to for a minimum of an hour.
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    Any residents of Victory Centre MUST go with the group provided at their center for grocery shopping, etc.
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    Any doctor appointment can be made with us.
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    Only three shopping bags per rider.
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    Forgotten items in the van will be returned at the next pickup date.
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    Please note that our service is getting more popular every day so we will try to accommodate your needs to the best of our ability.

Program Description:

Seniors on the Go is a group of Seniors (age 60 or older) or disabled persons that live in Hampshire Township or the surrounding communities. 

The group meets throughout the month to join in fun, socialization and fellowship, and we always welcome new faces! Please see the calendar of events and join us soon.


  • Service Area: Service Area is 20 miles within the Township Admin building.
  • Transportation Services Provided: Medical Appointments. The Transportation is to the "Scheduled" events. They cannot take people to their own events.
  • Eligibility Criteria: Clients must be:
  • Must be a resident of the Township. Must be over the age of 60 or have a documented disability.
  • Application Details: Applicants must:
  • (Medical appointments ) 224-828-0446
    (Events Transportation) 224-828-0303
  • Other Details: 
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    The transportation is only free if it is within the Township. There is a $5 charge each way otherwise.
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    Note to Riders: Going forward, we kindly request that we are given 72 hours advanced notice if you will be needing a ride to an event.
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    In the event, that you cancel your ride, please provide 48 hours.

Program Description:

Downers Grove Area FISH is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization which has served local communities since 1969. Our services include a food pantry, clothes closet, financial assistance, and transportation.

We are dedicated to helping improve the quality of life for the people in our community. We strive to provide a safe, healthy, and welcoming environment for clients and volunteers alike.


  • Service Area: Downers Grove, IL
  • Transportation Services Provided: Medical, dental, dialysis, therapy, and government appointments.
  • Eligibility Criteria: Clients must be:
  • No specific eligibility criteria.
  • Application Details: Applicants must:
  • Call (630) 964-7776 to request assistance
  • Other Details: 
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    Rides are Free of cost.
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    Rides are currently suspended.(Due to COVID)

Program Description:

Naperville Seniors in Action d/b/a Ride Assist Naperville (RAN) is an Illinois nonprofit corporation, qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, with the mission of providing affordable and dependable transportation to medical appointments for Naperville seniors and their caregivers.

Ride Assist Naperville (RAN) was founded in April 2016 to provide affordable and dependable transportation for seniors in our community, and their caretakers, to their medical appointments.


  • Service Area: North:Butterfield Road
    South:(west to east) Rodeo Drive to Plainfield-Naperville Road to W Boughton Road
    East:Route 53
    West:(north to south) N Eola Road to South Eola Road to Rt 30
    Boundary map
  • Transportation Services Provided: Medical Appointments
  • Eligibility Criteria: Clients must be:
  • Seniors over the age of 60
  • Application Details: N/A
  • Other Details: 
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    They ask for a $12 donation for each round-trip ride.
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    Rides are by appointment only; a minimum of 5 business days advance notice is required.we can book ride requests 6 months in advance.
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    If your appointment changes or gets cancelled – or if your plans change in any way – call the RAN office immediately so we may contact your driver and update our records.
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    Currently, each rider has a maximum for 2 rides per week.
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    Do not ask the volunteer to take you to non-medical locations (other than a stop at the pharmacy), as they
    only provide rides to medical appointments.

Program Description:

No Transportation service available on the website


  • Service Area: Naperville, DuPage and Will counties
  • Transportation Services Provided: 
  • Eligibility Criteria: 
  • Application Details: Applicants must:
  • Other Details: 
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    free, donations necouraged

Program Description:

Ovation Transportation is a volunteer based transportation service for seniors in Will County. Senior Services provides many programs to empower those 60+ to live self-sufficient, safe and healthy lives. 

Senior Services of Will County also acts as the representative of the Illinois Department of Aging within our communities.Senior Services of Will County offers door-to-door (origin-to-destination) service through our Senior Express transportation program.

The program is comprised of 4 components: Educational Resource Options, a Volunteer Driving Program, Senior Shuttle, and Mini Bus Service. 

The objective of all 4 components is to help seniors remain independent by providing transportation services for life-sustaining trips such as medical visits, grocery shopping, banking, etc.


  • Service Area: 1. City of Joliet
    2. Joliet Township
    3. Lockport Township
    4. Homer Township
    5. Plainfield Township
    6. Troy Town
    7. Jackson Township
  • Transportation Services Provided: Medical appointments, grocery stores, the bank, etc.
  • Eligibility Criteria: Clients must be:
  • Must be age 60 or over and have a need for transportation- proof of age, such as a driver’s license, state ID, or birth certificate must be presented at time of registration for the card.
  • Application Details: Applicants must:
  • Other Details: 
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    Ovation Transportation is free of cost and volunteer-based.
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    Please note that no ride is ever guaranteed and they do not provide rides that are 21+ miles outside of your residential radius.
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    Please note that you must be able to ambulate (walk) and transfer into a car seat on your own without assistance.
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    Please call 48 hours in advance to book a ride

Program Description:

Senior Services provides transportation for senior housing facilities that do not have transportation for their residents. Senior Services provides many programs to empower those 60+ to live self-sufficient, safe and healthy lives. 

Senior Services of Will County also acts as the representative of the Illinois Department of Aging within our communities.


  • Service Area: 1. City of Joliet
    2. Joliet Township
    3. Lockport Township
    4. Homer Township
    5. Plainfield Township
    6. Troy Town
    7. Jackson Township
  • Transportation Services Provided: Medical appointments, grocery stores, the bank, etc.
  • Eligibility Criteria: Clients must be:
  • Residents of Will County
  • Senior citizens who are 60 years and older
  • OR adults aged 18-59 with a disability
  • Disabilities include both physical and mental disabilities
  • Housing Facilities without transportation
  • Application Details: Applicants must:
  • In order to use the Mini Bus, individuals meeting the requirements need to speak with their activities manager at their living facility to see if the Mini Bus comes to your residence. If the Mini Bus is already on route to your facility, inform the activities manager you would like to ride the bus. They will let you know if there is capacity. Our bus can seat up to 12 residents from each facility.
  • Other Details: 
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    There is a $2.00 donation one-way.
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    They are servicing five residences.
    Joshua Arms
    The Park Tower
    JFK Building
    Victory Centre
    Senior Suites

Program Description:

Senior Services provides transportation for senior housing facilities that do not have transportation for their residents. Senior Services provides many programs to empower those 60+ to live self-sufficient, safe and healthy lives. 

Senior Services of Will County also acts as the representative of the Illinois Department of Aging within our communities.


  • Service Area: 1. City of Joliet
    2. Joliet Township
    3. Lockport Township
    4. Homer Township
    5. Plainfield Township
    6. Troy Town
    7. Jackson Township
  • Transportation Services Provided: Medical appointments, grocery stores, the bank, etc.
  • Eligibility Criteria: Clients must be:
  • Riders must be 60 and over or be 18-59 with a disability
  • Application Details: Applicants must:
  • please call in advance to schedule a ride at
    (815) 723-9713!
    The transportation coordinator will do a short intake over the phone.
  • Information needed is listed below:
  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • Date of Birth
  • Demographic information
  • Emergency Contact
  • List of Assisted Devices

After eligibility is determined the transportation coordinator will mail a Release of Liability to the rider.

It must be signed and returned prior to the first ride. In the case that the form cannot be returned prior
to the ride, you must get approval from Senior Services.

  • Other Details: 
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    There is a $2.00 donation one-way.
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    The shuttle seats 3 passengers and awheelchair.
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    Rides are booked on a first-come, first-serve basis.
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    Regular operating hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm.
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    Any service before 8:00 am or after 4:00 pm requires Senior Services administrative approval.

Program Description:

It is the goal of Washington Township, in cooperation with the Village of Beecher, to enhance the self-sufficiency and quality of life for the senior citizens in Washington Township.

Current senior activities include Senior Fitness classes plus we offer movie nights, dances and many other special events. We also schedule senior "bus" trips to local events for our seniors who enjoy being "on the go".


  • Service Area: Washington Township
  • Transportation Services Provided: to & from grocery stores, local shopping, nursing homes, Beecher Village Hall, restaurants, salons, doctor's appointments, visit friends or relatives or any township sponsored daytime event.
  • Eligibility Criteria: Clients must be:
  • Disabled residents and senior citizens
  • Application Details: Applicants must:
  • To schedule an appointment please call (708) 231-1172 between 9:00 AM to 3 PM by Monday to schedule your trips.
  • Other Details: 
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    The Suggested Donation is $2.00 one-way or $4 round trip.
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    Our LAST PICKUP will be at 1:30 PM Be prepared, please watch for your bus to arrive, be ready to come out of the house right away.
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    Don't be a "no show" - Always remember to cancel or reschedule your trip if you can’t make your appointed pick-up time.

Program Description:

Will-Ride is a Dial-A-Ride service that coordinates the collaborative efforts of Will County Townships to provide transportation service to residents who do not have access to standard public transportation service.


  • Service Area: within the borders of the 7 townships of Will County. In addition, service is provided to any location within a 10 mile radius of the borders of the 7 townships of Will County shown on the Map.
  • Transportation Services Provided: to and from work, grocery stores, local shopping centers, nursing homes, Village Hall, restaurants hair appointments, medical appointments, to visit a friend or relative, and to any Township or Village sponsored event (services may vary by Township).
  • Eligibility Criteria: Clients must be:
  • Senior Citizens (60 years of age and older)
  • Residents with a disability
  • Needing transportation to work
  • Application Details: Applicants must:
  • Monday - Friday 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. / Phone: (800) 244-4410 (Please call at least 48 hours in advance)
  • For emergencies, questions and/or concerns regarding transportation services please call: 847-364-7223.
    In order to become eligible for the program, you must sign up with your Township/Sponsor.
  • Other Details: 
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    Suggested donations for rides within your Township: $2 one-way or $4 round-trip.
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    Suggested donations for rides outside your Township: $4 one-way or $8 round-trip.
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    Buses Operate: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Weekend and Holiday hours are not available.)
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    Contact the call center at least 48 hours in advance with the following information:
    Home address.
    Address of destination.
    The time of your appointment.
    Approximate time for return pickup.

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    Alert the Call Center to any special mobility needs you may have, i.e. wheelchair assistance, help from your front door, etc.
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    Let the Call Center know if you will have a caretaker with you. (Caretakers ride at no charge.)

Program Description:

Many of our communities’ older adults are unable to access transportation for several reasons. Some can no longer drive safely. Others can no longer afford to maintain a car and pay for insurance. 

Sometimes the person is temporarily unable to drive due to surgery or illness. Whatever the reason, losing the ability to drive becomes a barrier to receiving vital services such as going to doctors and shopping for medicines and food. Day to day activities normally managed on their own, like going to a doctor or grocery shopping all become impossible. This leads to isolation, depression and an overall decline in health and quality of life.

We are determined to eliminate the barriers that keep seniors and disabled people from accessing reliable, affordable transportation in order for them to receive crucial services and having some measure of independence and dignity.


  • Service Area: Kane, Kendall or McHenry County
  • Transportation Services Provided: Doctors, to the hospital for chemo treatments or dialysis; to a pharmacy or grocery store, to nutrition sites, to attend activities at senior centers, and much more.
  • Eligibility Criteria: Clients must be:
  • Senior Citizens (60 years of age and older)
  • Application Details: To schedule an appointment please contact :
  • Other Details: 
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    Transportation is free of cost and volunteer-based.

Program Description:

The MISSION of the Illinois Department on Aging is to serve and advocate for older Illinoisans and their caregivers by administering quality and culturally appropriate programs that promote partnerships and encourage independence, dignity, and quality of life.


  • Service Area: Illinois
  • Transportation Services Provided: Anywhere.
  • Eligibility Criteria: Clients must be:
  • You must live in Illinois at the time you file your application.
  • You must be 65 years of age or older by December 31 of the current year.
  • You must be 16 years of age or older and totally disabled before January 1 of this year.
    NOTE: "Person with a disability" means a person unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of a medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months. [320 ILCS 25/3.14]
  • Income Limit Eligibility for the License Plate discount and/or Ride Free Transit Card: (Income limit increase effective 1/1/2020.)
    Your total income last year must be less than

    $33,562 for a 1 person household (yourself only); or

    $44,533 for a 2 person household (yourself and your spouse, or yourself and one Qualified Additional Resident); or

    $55,500 for a 3 person household (yourself, your spouse and one Qualified Additional Resident, or yourself and two Qualified Additional Residents).
    NOTE: You must include your spouse's income if married and living together on December 31 of last year. If your spouse died last year, you would file as single and claim only your income. Do NOT include the income of a Qualified Additional Resident.
  • Eligibility is good for two years under the Benefit Access Program. The two-year period starts at the time your application is approved. You may file again beginning 90 days before your eligibility expires.
  • Application Details: TO SIGN UP/SCHEDULE FOR RIDES:
  • Every other year, submit a completed Benefit Access Application. Check the box for yourself (and for your spouse if applicable) in the application to indicate that you or you and your spouse want to apply, in order to be determined eligible, for the transit benefit.

    You must meet all of the requirements of the Benefit Access program in order to be determined eligible. FAQ
  • Other Details: 
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    The Ride Free Transit benefit will be available to the transit district the following day you are approved. You will be able to print a certificate stating that you are eligible for the free ride. Once eligible, you must contact your local public transit system to find out what their requirements are in order for you to receive the free ride benefit.

Program Description:

Lifescape Community Services is the largest agency in northwestern Illinois serving older adults, families, and caregivers.

The mission of Lifescape Community Services is to promote independent living and enhance the quality of life for individuals by providing affordable nutrition and other services, with an emphasis on the aging population.

The Lifescape Transportation Program is a subspecialty of the Senior Choice program. The program provides door-to-door personal and group transportation services for older adults and their caregivers residing in Rockford, Loves Park, Machesney Park, and Cherry Valley, Illinois


  • Service Area: Rockford, Loves Park, Machesney Park, and Cherry Valley
  • Transportation Services Provided: Medical appointments, grocery shopping, community activities, and other community businesses and services.
  • Eligibility Criteria: Clients must be:
  • No specific eligibility criteria available on the website although services are provided to Older adults and their caregivers residing in Rockford, Loves Park, Machesney Park, and Cherry Valley.
  • Application Details: TO SIGN UP/SCHEDULE FOR RIDES:
  • Other Details: 
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    All transportation services are free of charge. Donations are accepted. The suggested donation is $2 for each one-way trip or $4 round trip.

Program Description:

MTD helps our communities thrive by offering individuals, organizations, and municipalities what they need to get to what matters. 

Whether it’s getting you across town to work, or doing our part to change mobility in our region, expand Champaign and Urbana's downtown, and strengthen the connections between the University of Illinois and surrounding communities for good, MTD is a reliable partner and we’re here when you need us.

MTD owns and operates Illinois Terminal in downtown Champaign, a revenue-neutral development that has been fully leased since it opened in 1999 and that provides increased access into and out of East Central Illinois. We are the 24th largest employer in Champaign County and take pride in having a workforce wholeheartedly committed to serving the public.

Every year, many MTD employees assign their annual giving to United Way's Bus Passes for Social Service Agencies, an MTD initiative managed by the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois that funds half the cost of bus passes for social service agencies who choose to offer their clients access to safe, reliable transportation.


  • Service Area: Champaign-Urbana-Savoy
  • Transportation Services Provided: Public Transport
  • Eligibility Criteria: Clients must be:
  • Senior Citizens (persons 65+ years of age).
  • Medicare Card holders and persons having significant difficulty getting on or off an MTD vehicle may qualify for a DASH Pass as a rider with a disability.
  • Veterans.
  • Application Details: TO SIGN UP/SCHEDULE FOR RIDES:
  • Please Contact for more information: 217.384.8188
    Applications for DASH Cards must be submitted at Illinois Terminal.
  • Other Details: 
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    Free bus service is offered for Senior Citizens over 65, riders with disabilities, and veterans.

1 thought on “Free Transportation for Seniors in Illinois”

  1. Colette Quinones

    I LIVE IN THE SOUTH SUBURBS OF CHICAGO AND DESPERATELY NEED HELP GETTING TO MY DOCTORS APPOINTMENTS IN CHICAGO. I AM NOT CONSIDERED DISABLED BUT I AM A SENIOR I DO NOT DRIVE AND DO NOT HAVE A CAR. WHERE I LIVE DOES NOT EVEN HAVE WALKING ACCESS TO A BUS STOP AND I NEED PICK UP FROM HOME AND RETURN TO HOME. I HAVE BEEN SEARCHING THE NET AND HAVE NOT FOUND ANY HELP. IF YOU KNOW OF SOME RESOURCES PLEASE LET ME KNOW BECAUSE I REALLY NEED TO GET TO SEE MY DOCTORS AS I AM TRYING TO STAY HEALTHY AND BATTLE SOME LONG TIME MEDICAL ISSUES.
    THANK YOU,

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