Transportation Alternatives for Seniors

Senior Transportation Alternatives

Free RTA Transit for Seniors - 630-836-7000 /

Senior citizens age 65 or over living int he RTA service region (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties) are eligible for free transit on fixed routes operated by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra, and Pace. Seniors must have a senior reduced fare card to get free rides. Seniors who already have a reduced fare card can begin using it for free transit rides on March 17, although all holders will need to transition to a new "Smart Card" and will be notified accordingly when they are available. Seniors who are not already registered may register in person at any one of the RTA's Customer Service Centers in the region (processing usually takes 3-4 weeks). More information will be issued to the web site and phone number above as the program is developed.

Delnor Health Ride – 208-3010
This complimentary round-trip van service is designed to meet the needs of homebound patients who lack transportation to Delnor Community Hospital/out-patient services. Trips to Delnor Rehap on north 5th Ave. can also be arranged. The service includes Elburn, LaFox, Wasco, North Aurora, South Elgin and Wayne. One-week notice is required.

RSVP (Senior Services) – (630) 897-4035 or 377-4441
This program uses volunteers with private cars to transport seniors. Medical appointments are a priority. Three-day advance notice is required. This service is for the Tri-City area, Monday through Friday, with some exceptions.

The Pace Call-n-Ride Program is your key to an affordable ride right outside your front door. For only $1.75 per one-way trip, Pace Call-n-Rides offer reservation based, curb-to-curb, shared-ride service for anyone within the designated service area. All you have to do is call and reserve your trip at least one hour in advance. St. Charles - Geneva Call-n-Ride 1-630-379-2452 Hours of Operation: Weekdays 5:30am - 7:00pm Hours of Operation: Saturdays 8:00am - 6:30pm

Subscription trips (trips you regularly take at the same time and day without calling to reserve every trip) may be available. Ask your driver. Trip reservations are not needed at scheduled stops. Passengers may simply board the bus at the location with the scheduled stop.

The St. Charles - Geneva Call-n-Ride is wheelchair accessible. Trips are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Please be ready five minutes before your scheduled pick up time. Pace Call-n-Rides accept cash and Ventra®. Transfers to/from Pace fixed route buses are $.25 when using a Ventra card. For more information, visit 

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updated Nov 20, 2018