Senior Driving: Transportation Options

By Friends & Neighbors December 15, 2011 08:20

Transportation options in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties include:

Public transit in Tuolumne (532-0404) and Calaveras (754-4450) counties; bus lines cover many but not all in-county destinations (one-way fares for those over 60, $1 on each). Link via Amador County Transit (267-9395) to Sacramento (Greyhound, Amtrak, airport); requires multiple transfers; no service to Modesto. Tuolumne County also has Transit Ambassadors to help riders learn system; and Dial-a-Ride service tailored to elderly, 45-minute pickup window, round trip $6.,

Senior Resource Service (588-1334) pairs volunteer drivers with Tuolumne County residents over 60 who are unable to use public transportation; rides to medical appointments, stores or errands; donations accepted. Demand outstrips available volunteers, and callers likely will have to wait. “It’s so sad,” says organizer Judy Finley. “When people call us, they need help now.”

Sierra Senior Providers (533-2622), which operates Tuolumne County Senior Center, offers rides from home to medical, dental, lab and therapy appointments within Tuolumne County. $1 per-mile donation suggested; no riders turned down.

Catholic Charities’ Mother Lode Office has a new senior transportation program for 2012, providing Tuolumne County seniors with rides to the Central Valley and Bay Area. Volunteer drivers are needed. Call Catherine Driver (532-7632, or visit online,

Common Ground Senior Services (223-3015) offers those 60 and older rides to doctor’s appointments in Calaveras and Amador counties. Donations suggested, vary with mileage; riders advised to plan ahead due to demand; volunteers needed.

Volunteer Center of Calaveras County (754-1699), based at Calaveras Senior Center in San Andreas, provides rides to the disabled and others of any age, to medical appointments in Calaveras County and Sonora. Donations accepted; reserve rides at least a week in advance; volunteers needed.

Private companies, including Sonora’s 49er Cab (532-0957), City Cab (694-8294); Copper Cab (785-7433); Vantage Medical Transport (non-emergency), 475-0708.

Linkline (694-8747), bus charters for events, sightseeing, more, $30 to $80 per person.

Other sources: a spouse, grown child, friend or neighbor willing to give rides when needed; some businesses and care homes offer shuttle service to residents going to casinos, shows and other destinations.

 Copyright 2011, Friends and Neighbors Magazine

By Friends & Neighbors December 15, 2011 08:20