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Montgomery County Senior Resources (Part 1- Transportation & Senior Center Programs)

We wanted to compile a list of free/discounted programs & resources that pertain to our senior members. Did you know that seniors and people with disabilities can ride the Ride On & Metrobus for free? There are dozens of programs that you could be taking advantage of-- learn more today!


Transportation for Seniors

Montgomery County has multiple programs that seniors should be taking advantage of. We'll be discussing these programs in further detail below:

  • Seniors Ride Free Program (Free & discounted bus transportation)

  • Senior Connection- Free Transportation (Free car transportation)

  • Metro-Riders Call-and-Ride program (Discounted taxi transportation)

  • Connect-A-Ride (CAR) Program (Referral service for additional transportation)

Seniors Ride Free Program

As of the publishing date of this blog post (03/25/19), seniors & people with disabilities are able to ride both the Ride On & Metrobus buses for FREE! Free fare is available during the following dates/times:

  • Monday-Friday: 9:30am-3:00pm

  • Saturday: 8:30am-4:00pm

Outside of these hours, fares are half-priced for seniors and people with disabilities. Here are the discounted fare prices (which can also be found here):

  • Senior/Disabled SmarTrip or Cash: $1.00

  • Senior/Disabled SmarTrip Transfer from Metrorail: $.50

  • Senior/Disabled SmarTrip or Cash (Express Fares- Route 70): $2.10

  • Senior/Disabled SmarTrip Transfer from Metrorail (Express Fares- Route 70): $1.60

  • Senior/Disabled SmarTrip Transfer from local bus (Express Fares- Route 70): $1.10

  • Senior/Disabled Boarding with Weekly Pass - Additional Paid with cash (Express Fares- Route 70): $1.10

To qualify, the seniors must be 65 years or older, and must have either a) A valid Senior SmarTrip Card* or b) a Medicare card along with a photo ID. For people with disabilities to qualify, they must have a valid Metro Disability ID card. When you arrive, present your card to the driver. Do not tap the Senior SmarTrip card* because a fare will be deducted. For more information about this program, click here.

*Individuals who are 65 + can purchase a Senior SmarTrip card to travel for free or at a discount on Metrorail, Metrobus, and Ride On.

Senior Connection- Free Transportation

"Senior Connection" provides free escorted transportation services to seniors 60 and over who reside in Montgomery County, MD. They provide up to 4 escorted round trips per month & appointments are pre-scheduled.  Some acceptable appointments include medical appointments, pharmacy visits, senior social activities, religious observations, bank trips, grocery/shopping trips, etc.

They may also be able to provide friendly home-visits to clients. All transportation is provided by volunteers, and rides are subject to the availability of drivers. Contact Senior Connection for more information, and find details of the program here.

Metro-Riders Call-and-Ride Program

Call-n-Ride (CNR) is a local program that provides discounted taxicab service to eligible low-income seniors (65+) & adults with disabilities. This program can be used for any purpose, i.e. transportation to the doctors, social events, etc. as is only available to eligible Montgomery County, MD residents. Applications for the program can be found here.

Other Programs

A variety of other transportation programs can be found here. These programs/services include:

  1. Connect-A-Ride (CAR) Program: Free referral service that helps Montgomery County residents find transportation for medical services, errands, social activities & more. Specifically, CAR helps adults over the age of 50, as well as adults with disabilities. CAR refers callers to public, private & volunteer transportation services (such as escorted transportation, which ) and CAR can also provide callers with information/applications for local senior programs including Call-n-Ride and Metro Access. Learn more about the transportation programs here.

  2. Transportation Network Directory for People with Disabilities and Adults age 50+: This directory lists a variety of transportation options for seniors living in Montgomery County, MD. This list includes ridesharing options, services that provide transportation specifically to airports/grocery stores/other destinations, & more! Read more here.

  3. VillageRides: This program helps Montgomery County, MD residents who live in local “villages” to coordinate free transportation. Transportation is fulfilled by volunteer drivers and is subject to availability. Learn more here.

  4. Montgomery County Escorted Transportation Pilot program: Escorted transportation (which provides assistance for disabled persons) is available to eligible adults based on income and disability. Customers contribute to the cost of the service based on income. Learn more here.

  5. Medicaid Free Transportation: Some Montgomery County Medicaid recipients may be able to access free transportation for their medical appointments. Recipients must meet the screening requirements to be eligible, and they must that indicate there are no other means of transportation available (or their med­ical needs prevent them from using available transportation). This transportation is available for Medicaid-covered, medically necessary appointments. Learn more here.

  6. Montgomery County Recreation Transportation: Some Montgomery County Senior Centers provide free transportation (door-to-door) for members. This transportation is available to Montgomery County residents who are 55+, and provides transportation to/from the senior centers (and sometimes, to community centers). Learn more here.


Montgomery County Senior Center Assistance

Montgomery County, Maryland operates 6 senior centers located around Damascus, Silver Spring and Rockville. These senior centers are open to Montgomery County residents over the age of 55.

General Programs

Each of the 6 county senior centers provide a variety of weekday activities & groups. Some leisure & social activities include knitting/crochet groups, painting & art workshops, photography clubs, board game meetings, puzzle clubs & more. Are you looking for something to do? Meet new friends in the community & try out new activities--you can even schedule free transportation to the centers; call 240-777-4925 for more information. The centers also offer educational health seminars, support groups & other programs which are detailed below. The combined daily-calendar for all of the centers can be found here.

Travel Programs & Special Events

In addition to their usual weekday events, some of the centers also host special events & weekend activities, like senior proms, talent shows & more. The senior centers also offer travel opportunities to visit places near & far, throughout the mid-Atlantic region. For local travel, the Senior Programs team offers "mini-trips" for 55+ members. The trips are generally 4-6 hours in duration; each trip offers transportation via a 20-passenger bus, so space is limited. You are encouraged to call the center nearest you (list found here) or call 240-777-4925 for more information.


The 6 senior centers offer health screenings ranging from blood pressure checks to one-on-one counseling sessions. They also offer a regular series of lectures related to your personal health. A sampling of these may include programs on proper nutrition, heart health, fall prevention, Diabetes, proper exercises to maintain bone strength and muscle tone & more. These lectures can be helpful for learning how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Finally, each center provides health classes which vary from 4-12 weeks in duration. Some classes focus on strength & balance, fall prevention and chronic disease management.

Nutrition/Prepared Meals

Montgomery County offers "hot meal" lunch programs at 8 senior-program locations around the County. These locations include: