DSCN0197Many 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.

Just click on any of the underlined transportation options listed below and the page will scroll down for more details. If you are in need of transportation or would like to volunteer to provide transportation, contact any of our offices, which you can find by clicking here.

Our Volunteer Transportation Program

DSCN0139We are here to help seniors, aged 60 or better, to access transportation services. This program’s volunteers provide free transportation for seniors who live in Kane, Kendall or McHenry County. Many of our clients depend on our generous and caring volunteers to take them to their doctor; 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. If you would like volunteer or if you need to request help from a volunteer, please contact one of the Volunteer Coordinators below. If you live in:

  • Elgin or South Elgin
    Jane Gregory
    Phone: (847) 741-0404 or e-mail
  • Aurora
    Barb Nadeau

    Phone: (630) 553-5777
  • McHenry County
    Anna Lightcap
    Phone: (815) 344-3555 or e-mail
  • Kendall County
    Barb Nadeau
    Phone: (630) 553-5777 or e-mail

Ride in Kane

Ride in Kane is an affordable curb-to-curb transportation service that takes registered riders anywhere within a 10-mile radius in Kane County. Riders can make a reservation to get to doctor appointments, go grocery shopping, church, the movies or any other place they would like to go. Pace Bus, Kane County and various partnering municipalities such as cities, townships or villages sponsor this program.

  • Features of the Ride in Kane program include:
    • Transportation services are available by reservation, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year – including weekends and holidays.
    • The cost is $4.00 each way ($1.50 for each mile over the 10-mile radius.)
    • One travel companion (i.e. spouse, family member, friend, etc.) may ride with a registered rider at NO additional charge.
  • To participate in the Ride in Kane program, you must:
    • Register for Transportation Service
      In order to participate in the Ride in Kane transportation program, you must be a registered rider. To find out how to become a registered rider, contact the Ride in Kane information line at 888-480-8549. For Elgin Residents call 847-741-0404 to register.
    • To register, you must live in a sponsoring municipality and provide proof of your age or disability.
  • Communities participating in the Ride in Kane program include:
    • Elgin
      Phone: (847) 741-0404 or e-mail
    • Aurora
      Phone: (630) 897-4035
      Aurora Township
      Phone: (630)  892-1999
  • To locate additional sponsoring municipalities, call (888) 480-8549

Seniors Discounted/Free – CTA/Metra/Pace

Metra and PACE. Riders 65 or older qualify for a discounted ride. To be eligible to ride for free or discounted, you must complete and qualify for the Benefit Access Program. Contact your local Senior Services’ office to apply and for information on the Benefit Access Program.

Seniors can register for their RTA Senior Ride Free Ventura Card or a Senior Reduced Fare Card on their 65th birthday. There are various registration sites in the region. To find a site near you, click here to download a list of sites or call (using any local area code) 836-7000 and give the operator your zip code to find the closest location.

Applicants must provide a government issued identification to verify their age as well as a photo (approximately passport size – 1 1/2″ square) can either be taken when registering or will need to be provided by the applicant. Applying for the Senior Ride Free Card Permit or Senior Reduced Fare Card can only be done in-person and will take 3-4 weeks to process.

This program is available as long as funding is available. To learn more about this transportation program visit the RTA Chicago website.