May isn’t just about bikes…#OAM2013

unleash the power of ageIt’s  Older Americans Month, too!

Like everyone else in the Triangle, seniors have access to a wealth of resources, including public transportation.

One perk of being an elder? Everyone 65 or older in Durham, Wake, or Orange County gets a FREE ride on any public bus. Check the GoTriangle Fare and Pass page for details (just make sure to have a photo or Senior ID ready before boarding).

Eileen Apicella-Philips, Triangle Transit’s Events Coordinator, has relationships with senior centers in Durham (Durham Center for Senior Life), Wake (Town of Zebulon Parks and Recreation Department, Five Points Center for Active AdultsAnne Gordon Center for Active Adults at Millbrook Exchange), and Orange counties (Robert and Pearl Seymour CenterCentral Orange Senior Center).

“Older members of our community want the same things as younger people,” Eileen says, “They want a way to get around without the hassle of parking, one that’s safe and reliable. And doesn’t cost too much money. I love showing the members of my senior groups how they can make the bus work for them.”

To give some hands on experience, Eileen organizes field trips for her groups. They’ve gone on shopping trips to malls and have even ventured out of the Triangle. Recently, Eileen took a group to downtown Greensboro on Amtrak.

For those that already know the ins and outs of the bus system, there’s another way they can connect to transit in the Triangle– Ambassador Programs. Triangle Transit (info), DATA (paper application, apply online), and CAT (info) have programs in place where volunteer riders can provide support and guidance to new riders who might need some help. Seniors are encouraged to apply.

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