Travel Options for the COVID-19 Vaccine
Ride United Transportation Available Statewide (wherever Lyft operates) for various needs such as medical, legal, financial, education, food, in addition to Free or discounted rides to vaccination sites now available (Spanish version)
Multiple municipalities within Atlantic County provide free transportation to seniors, age 60 or older, and individuals with disabilities. In order to participate, the individual must reside within the municipality. For more information, view this brochure or call the County of Atlantic Transportation Unit at 609-645-5910.
Ocean County is offering fare-free COVID-19 Vaccination Trips for seniors age 60 or older and/or persons with disabilities to any of the vaccine clinics within Ocean County. Advance reservations are required. Call (732) 736-8989, ext. 1 Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to reserve a ride at least two weeks in advance. Face masks are required.
New Jersey Transit has launched VAXRIDE, a service that offers no-cost VAXRIDE tickets to and from vaccine appointments to all eligible riders. Find out if you qualify for a free ride here (Spanish version here). If you need assistance with finding public transportation to a vaccination site, call NJ Transit Customer Service at 973-275-5555.
Transportation Systems and Resources in our State
Search the 211 database using the term "transportation" and choosing from the search categories provided to find the resource that best fits your needs.
Transportation options in New Jersey vary greatly depending upon where you reside in our state. Urban areas offer public transportation that is simply not available to residents of rural communities. Those with special needs face accessibility challenges as well. This page offers information on transportation systems that may help.
Transportation Management Associations (TMA)
TMAs are non-profit, public-private partnerships dedicated to reducing traffic congestion and improving mobility by promoting alternative commuting modes like transit, community shuttles, van/carpool programs and walking/biking options. Eight TMAs cover all 21 counties in New Jersey.
TMAs are an excellent resource for transportation information and services. Many TMAs offer or facilitate:
- Commuter van/carpools
- Commuter shuttle services
- Special transportation for seniors and persons with disabilities
- Information about transportation options in their service area
- Walking and biking programs
LogistiCare Assists NJ Family Care/Medicaid Clients
LogistiCare provides non-emergency medical transportation to NJ Family Care/Medicaid clients living anywhere in the state. Though different counties have varied regulations LogistiCare will provide some level of transportation to appointments. Passengers are expected to call two days prior to their appointment and provide the following information:
- Your NJ FamilyCare/Medicaid ID number
- Your pick-up address and zip code
- Name, phone number and address of medical provider
- Appointment time and date
- Special transportation needs
For more information about this resource or to make an appointment for a ride, call 1-866-527-9933. Visit the LogistiCare website for more information and required documentation and forms.
New Jersey Travel Independence Program (NJTIP) @ Rutgers
Please Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NJTIP @ Rutgers has had to modify the program described below and now offers personalized online travel training for individuals, along with transit orientations with “virtual field trips” for schools and agencies. Please call the organization to learn more. When restrictions are lifted, it is expected to return to the programming described below.
The New Jersey Travel Independence Program (NJTIP) was created in an effort to increase the independence and self-sufficiency of people with disabilities, older adults, and others by empowering them to use the public transit system safely and independently.
NJTIP @ Rutgers works with a variety of government agencies, community organizations and schools to teach travel skills to individuals. One on one travel instruction pairs the customer with a travel instructor who teaches them safe independent travel skills and various modes of public transportation. This program is also available to customers (except for those who are visually impaired) who have applied to Access Link and live in one of the following counties: Bergen, Camden, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, and Union. The only cost to customers during training is paying their own fares. Each graduate receives a free one-month bus pass.
Learn more about this service by visiting their website.
You may contact the service by phone at 848.932.4499 or email.
NJ Transit Access Link (ADA Paratransit)
Access Link can be used for purposes such as employment, education, recreation, shopping, medical appointments, and more for those with disabilities or may be unable to use other local services. It is a shared-ride service that has regularly scheduled local route services and fares. While riders generally need to be able to leave their house and board the bus on their own, drivers may assist individuals in walking from house to bus. This is done on a case by case basis as long as riders, when scheduling, ask for an accommodation. To make a reservation, call 973-491-4224 option 2 or visit accesslink.njtransit.com.
Ocean County's Reserve a Ride for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities
Ocean County's Reserve a Ride Program allows qualified seniors and people with disabilities to request transportation to social outings, exercise, shopping, getting involved in their community, and more. For more information or to request a ride, call 732-736-8989 and then press 1.