Reports show there are 8.4 million seniors in the U.S. that depend on others for transportation. The National Caregivers Library says many seniors struggle with the loss of their ability to drive safely. As baby boomers age, the problem will become worse. The Administration on Aging estimates by the year 2030 the number of drivers over age 85 will be 4–5 times what it is today.
For seniors looking for ways to get around in Golden Valley, there are several options.
Five Cities provides Golden Valley residents (age 60 and older) rides to city-sponsored activities and social services, congregate dining, and major shopping excursions. Home pick-up is also provided. A donation of $4 per round trip is suggested, or purchase a four round-trip ride pass for $14. Pay the driver with cash or check made payable to “First Transit.”
To make a reservation to ride, call 763-531-1259 (8 am - 3:30 pm) at least 48 hours in advance.
Five Cities goes to Cub Foods every Wednesday, Walmart every second Tuesday, and Target every fourth Friday.
PRISM Express offers curb-to-curb transportation service to Golden Valley residents age 60 and older, or physically disabled adults under age 60. Rides are provided for medical appointments, personal shopping, banking, etc. A donation of $5 per round trip is suggested.
To schedule PRISM Express transportation, call 763-529-1252 at least three working days in advance, between 9 am and 3 pm.