People ages 65 and older make up more than 14.4% of the population of Snohomish County, and many are regular Community Transit riders. Many people take transit when seeking flexible, affordable, and accessible trip options.
“Two years ago, I moved to the area and wanted to find ways to get around and reduce my expenses,” says rider Sherry Faith. “My car – with insurance, gas, and upkeep – is one-third of my monthly expenses.”
Learn to ride
Faith lives in an independent senior housing complex on the Edmonds waterfront within walking distance of several local transit options, including the Sounder Train, the Edmonds Ferry Terminal and local bus stops. Faith decided to enroll in Community Transit’s free Travel Training program to learn how to ride transit.
“I have always been very independent, but as I have aged, some things have become harder and more intimidating. I had never taken local transit, but Travel Training gave me the courage to try it.”
Travel Training is a free resource for anyone who needs a little extra help learning to ride local transit. Travel Trainers guide riders through all parts of their journey, including using the Community Transit website to plan a trip. Travel Training can last from one hour to several sessions – as long as is needed for a rider to feel safe and confident traveling alone.
“Bretta, my trainer, rode with me to all the places I may go – the grocery store, the airport, my daughter’s house, the light rail. I learned everything I needed to know to do it by myself,” says Faith.
Discounted fares for older adults
Riders 65 and older qualify for a Senior Regional Reduced Fare Permit (RRFP), which gives older adults an ORCA card for discounted fares on regional transit options.
“I absolutely love the savings I get with my ORCA card,” says Faith.
The ORCA Senior RRFP is free, but requires a completed application and proof of age. Learn more and apply at myORCA.com.
Accessible service options
All Community Transit buses have low floors and can be raised or lowered for boarding. Every bus is equipped with a ramp and drivers are trained to assist people in boarding and securing their mobility devices.
DART paratransit is an option for riders who can’t use fixed-route bus services due to a disability. To qualify, riders must complete an application and an in-person rider assessment interview. Explore all of Community Transit’s accessible service options online.
“I love learning,” says Faith. “Learning to take local transit helped me have more options, see more of my community, and I know it will help me save when I no longer need my car. If you’re looking for transportation options, give it a try.”
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