Moving from one location to another is an important part of our daily lives. Whether you are dropping your child off with the babysitter or going to work, transportation is important. However, when you are blind or visually impaired, it can be a little more challenging.
People with vision loss are not able to drive themselves to get to work or get groceries. Luckily, there is plenty of help for vision impaired or blind individuals to get from point a to point b without having to rely on a relative or friend. Here are some transportation services and programs in Nebraska that can help you get to work, school, doctor’s appointments or even the grocery store.
Metro transit is a fixed-route service accessible to anyone in the community. If you have a service dog, you are also able to take it with you on the bus.
Metro transit has a program called the Metro half- FARE program that allows passengers who qualify to purchase bus fares at a reduced rate. To see if you are eligible, check out their application.
For individuals who cannot independently use fixed-route services, there is also the MOBY ADA/ Paratransit. This form of transportation requires individuals to live within ¾ mile of a fixed metro bus line. It’s a door to door service. It operates seven days a week, and the cost is $2.50 per trip for those who qualify. To apply, you must complete an application.
Share A Fare
One excellent service that provides transportation help for vision impaired or blind residents in the Omaha area is Share A Fare.
Share a Fare participants purchase coupon books at a reduced rate. People in this program can use these coupons to pay all or part of their cab fare. The coupons do not expire. They give participants the option to choose from zTrip, City Taxi or use both. To use this service, a certifying agent must complete the online application.
Camelot transportation provides transportation for the people of Nebraska who have physical disabilities. They offer transportation 24/7 with trained, certified drivers and escorts. Their rates vary. For more information call them at 888-452-3191 or check out their website.
RSVP CAR-GO (Fremont and Blair)
RSVP CAR-GO provides Fremont and Blair residents 55 and older help for vision impaired or blind individuals with free transportation. Individuals can get a free ride to grocery stores, banks, work or medical appointments. This service is only available Monday through Friday, and 24-hour notice is required. Call them at 402-721-7780 for more information.
Uber and Lyft
Both of these apps provide transportation services for anyone, including individuals with vision loss. These free apps offer convenient rides when you need them. Uber and Lyft are compatible with VoiceOver and Talkback and are suitable for people who are visually impaired or blind.
If you need assistance with Uber or Lyft, you can schedule a free mobile device or app training session with one of our trainers at Outlook Nebraska.
At Outlook Nebraska, our mission is to positively impact everyone who is blind or visually impaired. If you need any information regarding transportation or any other resources, contact us today.