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Transportation Assistance

By: Eileen Coan

Every day, cancer patients need rides to treatment. While there is no special transportation specifically for those with cancer, there are several options in the Cleveland area for anyone with special needs.

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) offers Paratransit, a door-to-door service for a fee. Call 216.566.5124 or see their website http://paratransit.gcrta.org/ Their services require that you apply for a membership card and there is a fee for each ride.

Provide a Ride is another local agency that offers door to door service. for a small fee. Call 216 475-1001 or check their website for eligibilty. http://providearide.com/

Senior Transportation Connect is available Monday through Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm for Cleveland seniors 60 and over, with limited transportation options. STC will provide two one-way trips per week to those eligible. Medically-related trips are a priority and must be in Cuyahoga County. The fare is $1 per one way trip. Drivers are not permitted to make change or accept tips. Call 216.664.2833

Many communities have a senior transportation program through their office of aging. This can be used for doctor appointments and, in some cases, to come to The Gathering Place programs.

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