Brookline Elder Taxi Service (BETS) Program
|Who can use this option?||
Brookline seniors (aged 62+) and persons with disabilities of any age with low to moderate annual incomes, currently $51,150 for a single person or $58,450 for a couple. Trips can be for any reason and to any local destination.
|How much does it cost?||
Eligible seniors can buy books of coupons for $5 each, each of which is worth $10 in cab rides (half price). Each senior can buy up to 8 (or 10 if qualified couple) coupon books a month, with 1 month's supply of booklets refundable for up to 6 months after purchase. Tipping is recommended but not required. A tip of one or two dollars is fine, although more is always appreciated–especially for longer trips or excellent service. Coupons may not be used to cover tips. Any tolls must be paid by the passenger. All taxi rides within the Town of Brookline are at a metered rate that is displayed on a Rate of Fare Card in the taxicab.
|When is this option available?||
24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year — whenever taxi service is available.
|How far ahead do you need to plan?||
Coupons can be used anytime taxi service is available, with no advance planning required.
|What accommodations are available?||
Cabs are generally not ADA-compliant or wheelchair accessible. If you ask for help, drivers will often assist you with bags or packages and with getting into and out of vehicles. They may even be happy to help you fold a lightweight walker and put it into the trunk. Escorts/companions are permitted. As with any taxi cab service, it is up to the individual driver whether they will accept pets. It is always a good idea to put your pet in a carrier or at least bring a towel to protect the vehicle's seat. Service animals are always accepted.
To apply, please call (617) 730-2740 on Monday Tuesday, or Wednesday between 12-4 pm. After you have your coupons, call the individual taxi cab company to order a cab.
Free / low-cost
All trip types
|Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles?||