NEW Transportation OPPORTUNITY!
Transportation Grant Announcement

The Hopkinton Senior Center has been awarded a generous grant from the Massachusetts Area Planning Council in partnership with MassDevelopment to provide much needed transportation assistance for medical appointments and essential shopping needs such as prescription pick ups and grocery shopping utilizing taxi companies. 

If you are a Hopkinton resident 60 years of age and older, a veteran or individual homebound due to a disability, please call the Outreach Department at the Hopkinton Senior Center at least 3 business days in advance of your appointment at 508-497-9730 ext.1615 for assistance in scheduling a ride Monday through Friday between the hours of 9-3. 

Strict safety guidelines are followed for sanitizing cabs, and mask wearing is required by both driver and passenger. This program will operate as funding permits. Rides are limited to twice a week.

**If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 per CDC guidelines, have tested positive for COVID-19 or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test, we are unable to provide transportation through this program. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Senior Center.


HOPKINTON SENIOR CENTER TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM 

Seniors living in private facilities may use the Bus/Van service to Senior Center programs when available.  Subject to availability, bus service is open to non-senior disabled independent living Hopkinton residents.  If Assistance is needed it is your responsibility to provide an escort. The Senior Center Bus/Van is available Tuesday - Friday and we ask residents to call the main line 508-497-9730 at least 24 hours in advance. The cost to ride the bus is $1 in-town; $3 out-of-town (Round trip prices).  Due to ongoing COVID concerns all riders will be required to wear a mask while on the bus.  

Destinations and Schedules:

  • Tuesday9:00 - 3:00 Open for your request
  • Wednesday – 9:00 -11:00 lunch pickup; 11:00 - 11:30 lunch pickup;12:45 - 3:00 shopping9:00 - 3:00 Open for your request (Please sign up by 10:00 am on Tuesday)
  • Thursday – 9:00 -11:00 local errands and Senior Center; 10:45 -11:15 lunch pick up; 12:30 – 3:00  to Bellingham stores
  • Friday – 9:00 -12:00 Open for your request and subject to availability

Our bus is available Tuesday through Friday to take people to Senior Center events, shopping, local errands and Day Trips.   Individual requests can be arranged on a first come, first served basis. Check our Hilltopper newsletter monthly for a listing of Day Trips and other special activities.

Medical Appointments - Volunteer Driver program (not available to those residing in private facilities)  **Currently this program is on hold**
Medical appointment transportation is available to Hopkinton seniors between 9 am and 3 pm within a reasonable distance to Hopkinton. Medical transportation is provided to appointments within the local area using volunteer drivers.   To help ensure being able to provide your ride, contact us with as much notice as possible but by noon a minimum of 48 hours (2 business days) prior to your appointment. Please leave a detailed message at extension 1613 between the hours of 9 am to 3 pm Mon. Thru Thurs. and Friday, 9-1.Rides cannot be guaranteed at any time, but following this process will help us make connections with our volunteer drivers.  SHORTER DAYLIGHT.  Please try to arrange appointments so they are completed before dark. This is a curb-to-curb service. Riders must be able to navigate getting in and out of the vehicle without assistance. We are unable to accommodate certain medical conditions due to the nature of the program. Donations to the Friends of Hopkinton Seniors gratefully accepted to help offset cost of this program.

Inclement Weather and Closings:  The Hopkinton Senior Center is automatically closed  when the Hopkinton Public Schools are closed due to severe weather conditions.  We are also closed for federal holidays.  Medical rides will have to be cancelled in the event of severe weather situations that require school closings or if the weather situation is too risky for the health and well  being of the client or driver.

TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS
MetroWest Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA)
Fixed Route
MWRTA provides 15 different fixed routes Hopkinton uses the #5 bus. Monday-Friday from 5:30 am  8:45 pm, and 8 fixed routes on Saturdays from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. The MWRTA uses the flag down system which allows buses to stop anywhere along their routes to pick up passengers, where it is safe to do so. Passengers can hail MWRTA buses by waving or waiting at a designated MWRTA bus stop sign or bus shelter along the route. For more information, please call 508-935-2222.

Boston Hospital Shuttle (includes West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain VA Hospitals)
The shuttle is only available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and pre-registration is required. Kindly call  508-820-4650 for schedule and registration and the cost is $2.00 each way. For schedule and detailed information: http://mwrta.com/index.php/routes/commuter-shuttles/boston-hospital-shuttle

Dial a Ride (Starting May 2021)
The MWRTA offers Dial A Ride to residents of Hopkinton aged 65 years and older, or under 65 years of age with a disability. This service is Monday through Friday. Some qualification restrictions may apply. For more information, please call the MWRTA Call Center at 508-820-4650. If you are interested in this program, please call Outreach at the Hopkinton Senior Center to fill out an application 508-497-9730.

The Ride - ADA
MWRTA provides door-to-door, shared ride ADA service to qualifying individuals have a disability.  For more information, please call the MWRTA Call Center at 5088204650. Information and applications are also available online at:  https://www.gatra.org/dial-a-ride-ada-senior-transportation/.  If you need assistance completing the application, our Outreach Coordinators at the Senior Center (508-497-9730) can help you.


Other Options
MART (Mass Health transportation) for Mass Health clients requiring transportation to medical appointments. Call 1-800-854-9928

American Cancer Society - Road to Recovery Program is a Free volunteer transportation to cancer related medical appointments. Call 1-800-227-2345 (4+ day minimum notice required).


CLIENT PAID - HOME CARE AGENCIES OFFERING TRANSPORTATION
Caliber Patient Transport by calling 800-615-7398. The cost is $90 each way, plus $5 per mile after 10 miles (for "curb-to-curb" service). NOTE:  If assistance needed to get to the "curb," arrangements can be made for additional $40 each way.

Seniors Helping Seniors
508-485-1765
www.seniorcaresouthborough.com

Professional Nursing Placement Services (PNPS)
508-435-4958
www.professionalnursing.com

Hopkinton Home Care
508-544-4650
www.hopkintonhomecare.com

Home Instead Senior Care
508-393-8383
www.hearthside-homeinstead.com

Jewish Family Services of Metrowest
508-875-3100
www.jfsmweldercare.org


This is a partial listing.  The Hopkinton Senior Center does not license, endorse or recommend any specific providers.