Newton Senior Taxi Voucher Program ("Yellow Vouchers")
|Who can use this option?||
Citizens of Newton aged 60+. Trips can be for any reason, as long as the destination is served by the program. Refer to the list provided by the Newton Senior Center and on their website.
|How much does it cost?||
Vouchers (each good for a single one-way trip) can be purchased for a requested contribution of $4 each. For those who cannot afford $4 a contribution of $2 is requested. Those who cannot contribute the $2 minimum may apply to the Senior Center for an income-based transportation exemption. Seniors who qualify can receive vouchers for no charge. One voucher is required for each trip and for each rider, e.g., if 2 seniors make a round trip together, 4 vouchers will be required. Vouchers can be purchased at the Newton Senior Center, by paying over the phone by credit card, or by mail by sending in a check made out to the City of Newton (see "Contact Details, " below). Please include your full name, address, and number of vouchers you are purchasing. Please allow sufficient time for processing and return postage. When paying by credit card, vouchers will be mailed immediately. When paying by check, vouchers will be mailed upon receipt of the check. Tipping is recommended but not required. A tip of one or two dollars is fine, although more is always appreciated–especially for longer trips.
|When is this option available?||
Refer to the website (http://www.newtonma.gov/gov/seniors/transport.asp) for a list of specific destinations and times. Different destinations are available during different time and day ranges.
|How far ahead do you need to plan?||
Reservations must be made 3 business days in advance. The only exception is for trips to and from the Senior Center, for which reservations can be made up to 4:00 p.m. the day before travel. Riders may ask to be put on a schedule for any of the services offered (same day, time, and destination daily or weekly).
|What accommodations are available?||
Veterans Taxi has one wheelchair accessible vehicle available for this program. Please call as far ahead as possible and ask for this vehicle when you call to make your reservation. Service is door to door, so the drivers will assist with getting into and out of the vehicle. They will carry bags from the cab to the door. An escort/companion is permitted to travel with the passenger. However, one voucher is required for each passenger, including assistants or escorts. Riders may be transported in either a taxi or a van.
Information: (617) 796-1664 Reservations: (617) 796-1288 Newton Senior Center, 345 Walnut St., Newtonville, MA 02460 Web: http://www.newtonma.gov/gov/seniors/transport.asp