Bus driver sitting in the driver seat awaiting passengers.

Montgomery County is committed to providing mobility for older adults and persons with disabilities. All of Ride On's buses are wheelchair accessible and are free for persons aged 65+ and persons with disabilities.
The County's transit system is one of the best in the country. It includes
Ride On, Metrobus, Metrorail, and special transportation programs like Call-n-Ride , Same Day Access, Medicaid Transportation, and MetroAccess.

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Transportation Options for all Seniors

Connect-A-Ride (CAR): Receive free information about all transportation options

  • The Connect-A-Ride Transportation Resource Center (CAR) is a free information and referral service. It helps adults over 50 and adults with disabilities find transportation for medical services, errands, social activities, and more.
  • Call 301-738-3252 to discuss your specific needs and concerns or e-mail [email protected].
  • Call Monday-Friday, 9 am - 5 pm
  • Ask how you can learn to use public buses and Metrorail (subway).
  • Learn how to access free or low-cost rides provided by volunteers.
  • To speak your preferred language, say the language when calling or leaving a message.

Ride On and Some Metrobuses: Enjoy free, accessible rides in the County.

  • Free for older adults and residents with disabilities.
  • Must be 65 or older and have a Senior SmarTrip Card, or Medicare card along with a
    photo ID.
  • Show your card to bus drivers. Do not tap it on the fare box.
  • SmarTrip cards are available at public libraries. Bring proof of age to buy.
  • Learn how to get a SmarTrip Card >>
Senior Smartrip card. Metro SmarTrip Card for Seniors

Senior Center Transportation: Ride to your local senior center for free.

  • Buses also run to some Montgomery County community centers.
  • Service is available to residents living within service areas of the centers.
  • Call Montgomery County Recreation for details, at 240-777-4925.
  • Rockville and Gaithersburg also provide limited transportation to their senior centers.
  • In Rockville, call 240-314-8810. In Gaithers­burg, call 301-258-6380 and press 5.

Find volunteer ride providers in your area - Neighbors Helping Neighbors

  • Montgomery County Volunteer Rides is an online tool that helps find volunteers who provide free rides to seniors.
  • VillageRides helps local “villages” coordinate volunteer transportation. To find out if you live in an area served by VillageRides, call 301-255-4212.
  • The Senior Connection provides free escorted transportation services to seniors 60 and over through a growing network of volunteers. Rides are subject to the availability of drivers. Call 301-962-0820 or email at  [email protected]

Transportation Options for Eligible Seniors

Escorted transportation

  • Call Connect-A-Ride at 301-738-3252 if you need someone to travel with you.

Metro Access and Same Day Access: Get where you need to go.

  • People who have difficulty using fixed-route buses can apply for curbside service.
  • Call Connect-A-Ride for help applying for Metro Access, the County’s Same Day Access Program, and other options, 301-738-3252.

Call-n-Ride: Discounted taxi for adults over 63 with low income.

  • Travel can be for any purpose within Montgomery County and select areas outside of the County for medical reasons.
  • Residents with disabilities with low-income are also eligible.
  • Call Call-n-Ride at 301-948-5409 for detail.

Helpful Brochures and Flyers

Helpful Sites

Watch Transportation Video - By Department of Transportation