The Council on Aging bus, contracted through M&L Transportation, is an affordable way to get to destinations within Wellesley. The bus is equipped with a lift for those riders who have a wheelchair, walker, or cane.
The bus also goes to these locations outside of Wellesley:
*Newton Wellesley Hospital in Newton
*Beth Israel-Deaconess Hospital in Needham
*Metrowest Medical Center in Natick (Leonard Morse)
*Woodland T Stop in Newton
* The last Thursday of the month - shopping trips - every other month to Natick Mall and on the alternate month to WalMart in Framingham or Christmas Tree Shop plaza (Natick). Call Council on Aging for schedule 781-235-3961
The Council on Aging bus costs $1.00 each way ($2.00 round trip).
You must have tickets to use the bus. Tickets are $1.00 each, and you may buy as many or as few as you like.
Do you need Council on Aging bus tickets? Here’s how to obtain them:
* You can come to the Council on Aging office Monday through Friday 9am to 4pm to buy them in person.
* You can send us a check (payable to the Town of Wellesley) along with a stamped, self-addressed business-size envelope, and we’ll send your tickets by return mail, usually within 2 to 3 days. Mail to: COA, 219 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 02481.
* If those options for obtaining bus tickets are difficult for you, please call the Council on Aging at 781-235-3961, and we will make other arrangements with you to get your tickets.
How Does the Service Work?
The transportation service runs Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. It is recommended that you call at least 2 business days in advance to schedule a ride, though it’s best if you can give more notice because the bus gets booked very quickly.
The bus company is occasionally able to accommodate last minute requests, if the schedule allows.
M&L Transportation will accept bus reservations up to one month in advance. You should call M&L directly at 781-938-7841.
When your appointment is finished, you should call M&L directly to let them know you are ready for your return trip home.
There is a FREE grocery shopping trip every Wednesday morning at 10:00am. The bus will pick you up at your home and drop you off at Roche Brothers on Linden Street. Call 781-938-7841 to register for this FREE service (no bus ticket required).
OTHER TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION
This section discusses transportation options for destinations outside of Wellesley.
1. Busy Bee Transportation Service: The Busy Bee is funded through a grant from Springwell. Busy Bee does not go to doctors’ offices or medical buildings within Wellesley, but they will take you to destinations outside of Wellesley, such as Belmont, Brookline, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Watertown, Weston, and to hospitals and medical appointments in Boston. Service is available Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm (doctors’ appointments should be scheduled no earlier than 10am and no later than 2pm to ensure a ride each way). You must call at least 3 business days in advance, but it is recommended that you call as soon as you have scheduled your medical appointment. The cost for this service is a voluntary donation of $4.00 each way. You should call
1-800-427-0230 for reservations. Be sure to call between the hours of 9 am and 3pm. For information, you can call the Council on Aging, or the Busy Bee office at (508) 881-2120. You cannot schedule a ride through this office number. You must use the “800” number listed above.
2. MBTA’s The Ride: The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) offers a program for elders and people with disabilities called The Ride. A person must be unable to use standard public transportation, unable to walk from the door to the curb unassisted, have a vision impairment, or be otherwise disabled in order to be eligible for this service. The Ride operates 7 days per week, and is primarily used for medical appointments, though you can use it for other purposes if there is availability. To use The Ride, you must fill out an application. Your doctor or a social worker must fill out one page of the application, stating your disability and the reason you need this service. Once you have been determined eligible, you should call at least 24 hours in advance to schedule a ride.
Cost is $2.00 each way. For more information, or to get an application, please call (617) 222-5123. Or, you can download an application by clicking here.
3. Springwell (formerly West Suburban Elder Services) Senior Medical Escort Program: This program matches frail seniors with a volunteer to drive and/ or accompany them to medical appointments between 9:00am and 5:00pm in Boston and the Springwell area (Belmont, Brookline, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley, Weston). A person must be 60 years of age or older, be unable to get to medical appointments independently, and be able to get in and out of a car with minimal assistance. An individual is asked to pay for tolls and parking fees. A voluntary donation of 50 cents per mile is requested. To arrange for a ride, call Wendy Adlerstein at Springwell, 617-926-4100, at least one week before your appointment.
4. MBTA Senior Pass Program: For those people who are able to take standard public transportation from the MBTA, such as the green line trolley or the commuter rail, you can obtain an MBTA Senior Pass for discounted fares. You can receive the pass by mail. Send your request to: MBTA Seniors and Access Pass Office, 145 Dartmouth Street, Boston, MA 02116. Enclose a 1” by 1” photo of yourself (color OR black and white); a copy of ID with birth date (must be 65 or older; acceptable forms of ID are driver’s license, green card, passport, baptismal record); and fifty cents (no checks are accepted). Your pass will be mailed to you once they have received all of the above items. For more information, call the Senior Pass and Access Office at (617) 222-5438 Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to
If your transportation needs cannot be met by these options, please call the Council on Aging at 781-235-3961. We will research the availability of other options and possibilities for you.