If you are 60 years of age or older and need assistance in getting to medical appointments, senior centers, shopping or other appointments, we can help. Options in Broome County include fixed route and paratransit buses, as well as hiring a Senior Helpers driver.
Based upon where you live, there are three different bus options available.
1. Fixed Route Bus
Fixed route buses serve the urban area of the county from west Endicott to Kirkwood. The buses run seven days a week, though they have different schedules on Saturday and Sunday. Visit BC Transit's Fixed Bus Route page for more information and to obtain schedules.
Seniors 65 and older ride at a discounted rate. To get this rate, show your yellow Office for Aging ID card (card issued for age 65 and over). Part of the application for the ID card includes a section on informed consent. We ask that you sign this form when completing the ID card application, as it will allow us to record your information in our system and provide you with the card. You can learn more about the informed consent process here: Informed Consent Follow-Up Letter.
2. The Office for Aging Mini-bus/BC Lift
The Office for Aging Mini-bus and BC Lift are two reservation-based services on the same bus. Riders can make reservations one week in advance and up to the day before the ride.
Those using the OFA Mini-bus must be age 60 or older and have an Office for Aging ID Card. Part of the application for the ID card includes a section on informed consent. We ask that you sign this form when completing the ID card application, as it will allow us to record your information in our system and provide you with the card. You can learn more about the informed consent process here: Informed Consent Follow-Up Letter.
BC Lift riders can be of any age, but they must have an ADA (Americans with Disability Act) card. BC Lift riders' cost per ride is $3.00.
To make a reservation for one of these services, call 763.8747 between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM Monday – Friday. Visit BC Transit's BC Lift ADA Bus page for more information.
The Office for Aging Mini-bus serves those age 60 and older. Riders must have an Office for Aging ID card to ride at the $2.00 voluntary contribution rate. Your reservation may include 1 - 2 guests. Guests under age 60 are charged $3.00 for each ride. Guests age 60 and over pay the $2.00 suggested contribution with proper ID (OFA ID card preferred). Contributions are accepted to help support this program. No one age 60 or older will be denied service because of an inability or unwillingness to contribute,and all contributions are confidential.
Individuals whose income is at or above 185% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines are asked to contribute at an amount that represents the actual cost of the rides ($3.00 per ride). You are asked to contribute at this rate if your monthly household income is more than $1,967 and you live alone; or if you live in a household of 2 and your monthly income exceeds $2,658.
The Office for Aging Mini-bus/BC Lift serves the following areas:
- Binghamton, Endicott, Endwell, and Johnson City
- Portions of Chenango Bridge, Conklin, Kirkwood, and Vestal
The Office for Aging offers weekly or bi-weekly scheduled bus trips for Senior Housing residents. This service provides transportation to and from various grocery stores and shopping centers in the community. This service is offered to those aged 60 and older with an Office for Aging ID card for a suggested contribution of $2.00/ride (no reservation needed).
Those under 60 and/or disabled can ride the shopper bus if they have an ADA card for a cost of $3.00/ride (reservation is required). A shopper bus is available to residents of Woodburn Court, ABC Housing, Metro Plaza Apartments, North Shore Towers, Lincoln Court, Hamilton House, Harry L. Apartments, Marian Apartments, Nichols Notch and Wells Apartments. Please click on the following link to learn more about the bus schedule at the various senior housing buildings: Office For Aging Shopper Bus
3. BC Country
BC Country is a reservation-based service and transports rural residents to the urban areas and back again. Those wishing to schedule a ride on BC Country should call 607.763.8747 between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday – Friday. Riders can make reservations up to one week in advance. BC Country rides are first come, first served and fill quickly. Those aged 60 and over who show an Office for Aging ID card ride the bus at $2.00 voluntary contribution rate. Riders with an ADA card can ride BC Country for a cost of $3.00/ride.
Visit BC Transit's BC Country page for more information and to obtain schedules.. For information on the Office for Aging ID card, and to download an ID card application, visit the identification card page.
4. Other Options
The Senior Helpers Program
This program matches people with individuals 55 years or older who hire themselves out for jobs. The Senior Helpers Program has workers registered who will hire themselves out as private drivers. Visit the Senior Helpers Program page to learn more about the hiring process. Those wishing to hire a Senior Helpers driver should call 607.778.6105 between 8:30 and 12:00 Monday – Friday.
Mobility Management of South Central New York
MMSCNY is an additional resource for transportation options. MMSCNY is a collaboration between the Rural Health Network and partner organizations in South Central New York.
Seniors and caregivers can get answers to transportation questions, assistance with travel planning and group or individual travel training. Call the toll-free GetThere Call Center to reach staff that is well versed in the area's transportation options - 1-855-373-4040.