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Free Transportation for Seniors in South Carolina

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

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

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

Map of Free Transportation for Seniors in South Carolina


List of Free Transportation for Seniors in South Carolina

Program Description:

Wheels provides much needed transportation for Senior adults, and the physically and mentally disabled. We currently serve the Hud housing communities of Lakeside, Woods Edge and others in the Harbision area from Lake Murray Boulevard to St. Andrews Road, Broad River Road and Piney Grove Road. 

The vehicles used are handicapped accessible. There is no charge to ride, however, riders do contribute to the on going costs as they are able.

We take pride in the effectiveness of the operation and the record of not missing a call in all of these years. We have been blessed to always find a driver when needed.

We depend on community support to help keep us on the road. We depend on your support. This organization has been run entirely by volunteers, from the drivers to the board members. The board is made up of representatives from the local churches and concerned citizens of the community.


  • Service Area: Columbia,South Carolina Harbison Area.
  • Transportation Services Provided: Doctor appointments and places of business.
  • Eligibility Criteria: The following are eligible to receive transportation:
  • Senior and physically and mentally disabled area residents who dont have no other method of transportation.
  • Application Details: TO SIGN UP/SCHEDULE FOR RIDES:
  • MONDAY 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
    TUESDAY Travel Special Events - Bus Maintenance
    WEDNESDAY 9:00 am - 12:30 pm 12:30-3:30pm
    THURSDAY Medical Appointments Outside the Rider Area
    FRIDAY 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
    SUNDAY Available to Churches With Trained Drivers
    The Bus is aso available by appointment for Community Events for Lakeside & Woods Edge Residents
    Pick Up Points:
    Lakeside On The Circle
    Woods Edge at rear parking lot entrance
    For Reservations or Information call:
    749-1911
  • Other Details: 
  1. 1
    Your driver is in charge. Please follow his instructions.(i.e. Move on back, front seat priorities, etc.)
  2. 2
    Take your time - do not feel rushed. Your safety is more important than speed.
  3. 3
    Rubber soled tie-on shoes are best for climbing on/off the Bus.
  4. 4
    Buckle your seat belt - it's the law. DO NOT remove it until the Bus has come to a complete stop.
  5. 5
    Boarding is first come, first serve or at the drivers discretion.
  6. 6
    Don't crowd in the front of others who have been waiting before you.
  7. 7
    Please be courteous to one another. Treat others with respect. If you have nothing nice to say, please say nothing at all.
  8. 8
    NO child may take a seat on the Bus. It's the law.
  9. 9
    Please report any injury you may have recieved on the van to your driver before getting off. Please report any problems/concerns with fellow passengers to your driver before getting off.
  10. 10
    This service is a privilege, not a right. Your donations provide a great deal of this ministries annual operating budget. Suggested donation is $1.00 per trip to/from your home.
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    You are responsile to be at the location for pickup, where the driver dropped you off. DO NOT catch a ride with someone else. The driver will be there to get you, be patient. There will be a 30 day suspension for this offense.
  12. 12
    Please do not leave trash on theBus.
  13. 13
    When bringing your purchases on the Bus, please be sure you can store all of the items between your feet or on your lap. Please keep this in mind while you are shopping.
  14. 14
    If a rider cannot get out of the Bus and into the office to which he's going alone or with the aid of an adult helper, provided by the rider, the driver must put the rider back into the Bus and bring them back home.
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    The Bus is wheel chair equipped and is operated by trained volunteers.

Program Description:

Senior Resources is a non-profit organization that coordinates services, provides resources and encourages the personal choices that allow Midlands' area senior citizens to remain independent. Our services touch the lives of more than 4,000 Midlands residents.


  • Service Area: Columbia, SC
  • Transportation Services Provided: Doctor appointments and other medical-related trips, including the pharmacy.
  • Eligibility Criteria: The following are eligible to receive transportation:
  • The Senior Wheels service is currently available only to existing clients in our Meals on Wheels, Home Care or Wellness Center programs.
  • Application Details: TO SIGN UP/SCHEDULE FOR RIDES:
  • For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Anne Shissias, Director of In-Home & Community Based Services, at 803-252-7734 x234
  • ashissias@seniorresourcesinc.org
  • Other Details: 
  1. 1
    Our Senior Wheels van is fully handicapped accessible, and includes a wheelchair lift.
  2. 2
    Our driver will assist clients getting into and out of the van, and into the medical building if needed.
  3. 3
    Transportation appointments should be made three days in advance.

Program Description:

Eligibility Screening and Assessment Coordination Program provides a holistic approach for area seniors in determining the level of need for Older Americans Act services. 

Every individual must receive an assessment prior to receiving services, and be reassessed yearly. These services may include: home delivered meals, senior center transportation and group dining or home care services. Referrals are made to other programs or resources to assist the needs of the senior.

Many area Senior Centers offer group dining and transportation to provide socialization, nutrition, activities and programming for more active older adults. When a senior is unable to provide their own transportation, they often lose contact with the outside world.

Berkeley Seniors Incorporated, Charleston Area Senior Citizens Services, Dorchester Seniors Incorporated, and South Santee Senior and Community Center may be able to provide transportation to a senior center to reduce isolation and loneliness and to increase overall quality of life. Everyone requesting services will receive a holistic assessment by the Eligibility and Assessment Coordination Program.


  • Service Area: Charleston, SC
  • Transportation Services Provided: Senior Center.
  • Eligibility Criteria: The following are eligible to receive transportation:
  • Everyone requesting services will receive a holistic assessment by the Eligibility and Assessment Coordination Program.
  • Application Details: TO SIGN UP/SCHEDULE FOR RIDES:
  • Please contact Trident Area Agency on Aging at 843-554-2275 for an assessment.
  • Other Details: 
  1. 1
    Donations encouraged.

Program Description:

CARTA takes you to most hospitals, libraries, grocery stores, shopping centers and service agencies throughout the Charleston area.
Senior FREE Ride Day-Annual promotion to encourage seniors (55+) to learn about the system and as a thank you to our regular senior riders. 

Every year CARTA has one day per quarter that seniors riders 55+ can ride all routes for free. This is the perfect opportunity to get some shopping done, visit friends or family or simply explore the city and our different routes. If you have any questions, please call (843) 724-7420 for more info.

Dates for 2021 are below:
March 20th (Saturday)
May 26th (Wednesday) – National Senior Health and Fitness Day
August 21st (Saturday) – National Senior Citizen Day
December 11th (Saturday)


  • Service Area: Charleston area.
  • Transportation Services Provided: Hospitals, libraries, grocery stores, shopping centers and service agencies.
  • Eligibility Criteria: The following are eligible to receive transportation:
  • You must be 55 years of age or older.
  • Application Details: TO SIGN UP/SCHEDULE FOR RIDES:
  • Want to ride, but not sure how? Simply call (843) 724-7420 and let our operations staff pair you with a CARTA Ambassador!
  • Other Details: 
  1. 1
    As of Monday, July 15, 2019, Seniors ride for a discounted fare (over 50% off regular prices) of $1 during all hours of service.
  2. 2
    Drivers may request proof of age. Medicare cards or I.D. card with date of birth will serve as identification for the fare.
  3. 3
    Senior FREE Ride Day-Annual promotion to encourage seniors (55+) to learn about the system and as a thank you to our regular senior riders.

Program Description:

Three CARTA Downtown Area Shuttle routes allow riders to explore the peninsula, from the Aquarium to the Citadel to Broad Street and Waterfront Park. And there’s NO COST to ride!


  • Service Area: Charleston area.
  • Transportation Services Provided: Public Transport.
  • Eligibility Criteria: The following are eligible to receive transportation:
  • Open to public.
  • Application Details: TO SIGN UP/SCHEDULE FOR RIDES:
  • Other Details: 
  1. 1
    Orange Line (Route 210)
    College of Charleston/Aquarium
    Includes: SC Aquarium, College of Charleston, Visitors Center
  2. 2
    Green Line (Route 211)
    Meeting Street/King Street
    Includes: Visitors Center, College of Charleston, Medical Complex, Ashley River Hotels, The Citadel/Stadiums
  3. 3
    Purple Line (Route 213)
    Lockwood Drive/Calhoun Street
    Includes: Visitors Center, Historic King Street, Four Corners of Law, Broad Street Shopping District, Waterfront Park, City Market, Charleston Museum, Upper King

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