Florida does not have a good public transportation system like in other areas of our nation, mostly because everything is so spread out. Unfortunately, for the elderly people who can no longer drive or those who have become disabled, it is extremely difficult to get around, even to something as simple and necessary as going to one’s doctor.
Many people in Florida aren’t aware that transportation services do exist for those who need them. If you need a ride to your doctor’s office this could be for you. Be sure to have your doctor’s name and address to give them when you call and know the time and date of your medical appointment. Also, if you are receiving Medicaid, this transportation is either free or at a reduced price. If that’s the case, be sure to have your Medicaid number available when you call to make a reservation so you can give them the pertinent information.
The name and number of this type of transportation depends on the county where you reside. The following are some of these transportation services and their phone numbers so you can call to schedule your appointment in:
- Broward County by calling TMS at (866) 867-0729
- Duval County by calling TMS at (866) 867-0729
- Gadsden County by calling Big Bend Transit at (850) 627-9958
- Hernando County by calling MidFlorida Community Services at (352) 799-5177
- Hillsborough County by calling MMG at (813) 253-3618
- Jefferson County by calling Big Bend Transit at (850) 997-1323
- Leon County by calling Star Metro at (850) 891-5199
- Manatee County by calling TMS at (866) 867-0729
- Pasco County by calling Pasco County Public Transportation in the west of the county: Port Richey, New Port Richey, Hudson, Elfers, Holiday, and western Trinity at (727) 834-3456; and in the east of the county: Dade City, Zephyrhills, San Antonio, Lacoochee at (352) 521-4300
- Pinellas County by calling Pinellas County MPO at (727) 545-2100 or (727) 545-1929
- Polk County by calling Polk County BOCC at (863) 534-5500
- Sarasota County by calling TMS at (866) 867-0729
- Wakulla County by calling Wakulla County Senior Citizens’ Council at (850) 926-7145
When you need these services, be sure to call at least three days in advance to avoid disappointment. Many elderly and disabled people depend on these transportation services, which tends to make these companies quite busy at times.