The Transportation Department is located in the Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 144 School St., Woburn, MA 01801. The office is next to the Veterans Office. The Woburn COA Transportation Department is committed to helping seniors retain their independence by offering transportation assistance.
The COA helps provide transportation to Woburn Seniors age 60 and older. Transportation offered by the Council on Aging (COA) is funded by the City of Woburn and the Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA), along with a grant from the MA Department of Transportation Mobility Assistance Project. (MADOT – MAP)
The COA has a van program that serves the needs of groups of seniors traveling to and from programs at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center. This is a free service, funded by the City and the MADOT.
The Senior Discount Taxi Program offers assistance in paying for taxi travel by contracting flat rates and by helping low income seniors pay for the contracted fares. The Taxi program is designed to transport individuals at their convenience. Read more.
The COA has two (2) ten passenger, handicapped accessible vans with wheelchair lifts that offer daily “curb to curb” service to Center programs. “Curb to curb” service is for independent passengers: drivers do not offer assistance into or out of the home or Senior Center. Mobility aids such as walkers are suggested, and drivers will safely store and retrieve them. Passengers must meet the Senior Center Standards of Independence, or be accompanied by a capable assistant. A family member, friend, or paid caregiver, is welcome to travel on the van to help a senior.
The vans operate on a schedule based on Center programming. Currently, the vans pick up at home twice daily at 9 AM and 11 AM. Return trips from the Center are at 12 Noon, and 2 PM. Times are approximate, subject to change at any time, and may not be available due to weather conditions.
For more information on van service, email: Tracey Murphy, or leave a message for Tracey at 781-897-5964.
Any Woburn Senior aged 60 and above is welcome to join the Program. The COA has contracted flat rates for travel to locations in and around Woburn. For a yearly registration fee of $5, participants are given an ID card entitling them to these flat rates. The current rate contracted for rides in Woburn for any reason is $8.00 for a one-way trip.
Seniors providing proof of being low income under Federal guidelines (currently $48,800 for an individual, $55,800 for a married couple) may purchase vouchers for a one-way trip in Woburn for $3 each. The City and EEOA pay the additional $5.00. Up to 20 vouchers may be purchased at the $3 rate; unlimited additional vouchers may be purchased for the regular ($8.00) rate. Voucher rides outside of the City are for medical reasons only, although members always receive 20% of of Checker Cab’s regular fares when traveling to locations not listed on rate sheets.
The Taxi Office is open from Monday through Thursday from 9 AM until 12 Noon. The office is closed Fridays. Vouchers prepared during Taxi Office hours may be picked up at the Reception Office during regular Center hours. Vouchers left in Reception must be paid by check before or at time of pickup. You can call the taxi office at 781-897-5970.
The RIDE is operated by the MBTA. The Woburn Senior Center is not affiliated with The RIDE. For more information, please visit the MBTA website.
There are many private agencies offering specialized transportation. Services vary by agency, and we recommend researching a number of agencies before making a decision. Please consult the “Resources for Seniors and their Families” link.