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If you are living in the Washington, DC area and are searching for a way to get to the places you need to go, the following transportation service may be your answer:

The Washington Elderly Handicapped Transportation Service (WEHTS) offers basic transportabustion services for individuals who are unable to use traditional public transportation systems. WEHTS is a unique “curb-to-curb” service that transports individuals to essential medical appointments, group shopping trips, and personal errands related to income benefits, housing and medical concerns.

In addition to the “curb-to-curb” service, WEHTS offers a “Call & Ride Program.”  Much like a taxi service, WEHTS will deliver you to the location of your choosing.  However, taxi vouchers are provided to senior citizens at deep discounts.  The hours to participate in either program are Monday through Friday from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm.

All transportation requests must be made at least 96 hours (4 business days) in advance of the individual’s trip. Those who are unable to independently use WEHTS’ services may bring an escort along to assist them during the trip. Individuals who are wheelchair bound are not required to have escorts if they can use their wheelchair independently. However, all wheelchairs must be operational, mechanically safe and have standard features.

WEHTS’ services are provided free of charge to Medicaid recipients as well as those who are non-Medicaid recipients. To use WEHTS’ services, individuals must contact their wards Lead Agencies to request transportation services. For your convenience we have included a list of the Lead Agencies below:

Ward 1 – Terrific Inc. – (202) 234-4128
Ward 2 & 6 – Family Matters – (202) 289-1510
Wards 2 & 3 – IONA Senior Service – (202) 966-1055
Ward 4 – Barney Neighborhood House – (202) 939-9030
Ward 5 – Seabury Aging Services – (202) 529-8701
Ward 7 – East of the River Family Strengthening Collaborative – (202) 534-4880
Ward 8 – Family Matters of Greater Washington – (202) 562-6860

 

For more information about the WEHTS program, contact one of the lead agencies above or visit http://barneynh.org/wehts.html.

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