The RIde program provides transportation services
to those 60 and older and handicapped persons
under 60 who meet certain criteria.
Transportation is generally available weekdays
for doctors’ appointments, therapy, medical
tests, senior day care, kidney dialysis, cancer treatments
and meal site lunches. Call RIde approximately
three to four weeks prior to appointments
461-9760 or 1-800-479-6902.
ATTENTION: Seniors who would like a receipt for their 2008 medical transportation on RIde to calculate their medical expense deduction on their 2008 Federal Tax return:
Please follow this procedure .
Put your request in writing to: RIde Program , 333 Melrose Street , Providence, RI 02907.
The request should include a self-addressed stamped envelope or FAX number.
Each year, this information will be available during January and February.
These communities provide additional
transportation for their senior residents:
Rhode Islanders of any age who have a disability
may be eligible for Americans with Disabilities
Act (ADA) Paratransit Services from
the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority
(RIPTA) curb-to-curb transportation service to
people with disabilities which prevent them from
using regular RIPTA bus service. This service is
provided along existing RIPTA service corridors
at a cost of twice the standard bus rate for all riders.
Apply by calling 784-9500.
RIPTA bus passes cost residents 65 or
older $10 and are valid for 5 years. Qualified riders
who have a disability and under 65 pay $10 for their 5-year pass.
Pass holders pay half-fare on off-peak hours,
weekends, and holidays. Bus pass holders enrolled
in Medical Assistance (Medicaid) or RIPAE Level One income guidelines ($19,785 annually for an individual and $24,735 for a married couple) may apply for the No Fare program and ride
free during all hours.
Call RIPTA at 784-9500,
X604 for details.
For additional information on RIPTA programs,
you can go to their web site at www.ripta.com.
DHS will help persons who are enrolled in
Medicaid arrange suitable non-emergency transportation
for covered services. Call 784-3899.