Free Transit Program for Senior Citizens
This program enables senior citizens 65 years of age and older to
ride free on local fixed route bus, trolley, subway elevated and
commuter rail services during off-peak hours (before 7:00 a.m.,
between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and after 5:30 p.m.) on weekdays and
all day on weekends and on designated holidays. It is available
seven days a week.
Fifty-five participating transit providers participate in this
program. Each year, lottery funds and Pennsylvania State general
funds are received by participating transit providers for millions
of free trips taken by senior citizens.
A person must be at least 65 years of age to qualify for free transportation
on a participating transit system. Applications are available from
local transportation providers.
Shared-Ride Program for Senior Citizens
This program enables senior citizens 65 years of age and older
to use shared-ride, demand-responsive (normally door-to-door) services
and pay only a small percentage of the regular shared-ride fare.
A senior citizen or a sponsoring agency pays a percentage of the
shared-ride fare and State Lottery proceeds administered by the
Department are used to reimburse the participating service provide
the remainder of the fare. There are no restrictions on the hours
of use other than the service hours of the transportation providers.
A person must be at least 65 years of age to qualify for reduced
fare transportation with a participating shared-ride service provider.
Passengers must reserve their trip at least one day in advance
and must be willing to share the vehicle with other riders. Exclusive
ride taxi, charter and sightseeing, nonpublic transportation, school
bus and limousine services are NOT eligible.