Transportation

Each town offers free transportation for seniors on week days. 

The South Orange Senior Jitney Bus operates 5 days a week, Monday through Friday, to stores and stops within the Village. It also includes transportation to out-of-town shopping areas on several days each month. If your destination is not on a regularly scheduled route, advance reservation is required by contacting the Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs at (973) 378-7754, ext. 1.

South Orange Senior Jitney Bus schedule : http://southorange.org/577/Senior-Jitney-Bus

The Maplewood Senior Bus runs several trips to shopping destinations during the week (Shoprite, Bed bath & Beyond, Home Depot) as well as “Dial-a-Ride” for door-to-door service within Maplewood.  You can schedule a ride one day in advance by calling the Maplewood Community Center at 973-763-5287.  Beginning August 8, Maplewood's Dial-a-Ride service will take riders to South Orange Village upon request. 

Maplewood Senior Bus schedule:

Commuter Jitneys
In addition, all South Orange and Maplewood residents can ride the commuter jitneys as they make the morning and evening routes for the regular rate of  $2 per ride. Commuter jitneys follow designated routes to and from the train stations, from approximately 6:00am - 9:00am and 5:00pm to 9:00pm.  Please consult the towns' websites for commuter jitney information and schedules: 

South Orange commuter route: http://www.southorange.org/188/Maps

Maplewood Commuter Jitney Servicehttp://www.twp.maplewood.nj.us/DocumentCenter/View/2429 

Essex County Services
For residents 60+,  Essex County provides free, handicap accessible  transportation for people with Medicare to all towns within the county.  Call (973) 618-1280 to register and set up an appointment.  Once you are in the system, you can begin scheduling rides. Service is from 8am – 3 pm. The service needs at least 2 days’ notice, but can set up rides up to 14 days in advance. 

Private transportation options
For medical transport:
 Bell Medical Transport is a private, local company: http://www.bellmedicaltransport.com/

Gold Crown Taxi offers Classic Card Holders a 25% discount on all rides.  To book a taxi or get a quote, call (973) 821-5701 and state that you have a Classic Card.

On Demand Car Service is a  growing trend for transportation, such as Uber or Lyft.  These require smart phones and can be set up as individual accounts.  If you do not have a smart phone, two senior-friendly options are available that will act as the intermediary in finding you a pre-screened driver to take you where ever you need to go:

  1. Gogo Grandparent is available 24/7 to connect clients with ride services.  For more information, call 1(855) 464-6872 or click here: https://gogograndparent.com/
  2. EzRide Ryde4Life is currently available M-F, 8am - 5pm with an annual membership. For more information, call (866) 208-1307 x4 or click here:http://ryde4life.org/