Seniors-On-The-Go!


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  • Taxicab fare rates will increase from $2 per mile to $2.10 per mile, effective Nov. 3.

A permanent increase in taxicab fare rates from $2 per mile to $2.10 per mile was approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors at its Oct. 16 meeting. Authorization of the 4.7 percent increase followed a public hearing.

The new taxicab rate is effective Nov. 3. Permanent taxicab fare rates were last raised in October 2008.

  • July 2011 Seniors-On-The-Go (SOTG) was transferred from the Fairfax County Department of Transportation to Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) Human Services Transportation section.

  • Special Needs Registry - The Special Needs Registry allows residents with medical needs and organizations assisting those with social needs an opportunity to provide information to Fairfax County so that agencies can communicate emergency preparedness, response and recovery resources to our vulnerable, at risk and hard-to-reach residents.

Senior Transportation: Progress in the Making

It’s a common theme in congested Northern Virginia that it is difficult to get about without your own vehicle. Senior citizens, in particular, face great adversities in traveling due to difficulties in using public transportation, limited hours of Fastran availability and the existence of physical and mental disabilities. It appears at times that transportation resources for senior citizens are few and far between.

This exciting transportation project began on March 1, 2001 and greatly increased the transportation options of many senior citizens that live in Fairfax County.

The transportation program, called Seniors-On-The-Go!, was part of a Board of Supervisors’ transportation initiative approved for FY 2001. Over two years in the making, this program had been designed as a pilot (or temporary) program for those seniors 65 years of age or older who meet certain income criteria and live in selected zip code areas in Fairfax County.

The program was tested in a limited area of the county and is now available countywide*. Seniors who qualify for this program may purchase taxicab coupon booklets worth $33 at a cost of only $20 per booklet, which means that one-third of the cost of the taxicab rides will be subsidized (paid for) by Fairfax County. Once registered, a senior may then call one of the three approved taxicab companies and schedule a ride (the telephone numbers of the approved vendors are on the inside front cover of the coupon booklets.)

This program is limited to individuals with an annual income of $40,000 or less for a family of one and $50,000 or less for a married family of two. If you are 65 or older, and qualify for the program based on the income limits, you are encouraged to apply for the service. Once your application has been processed and you have been found to be eligible, you may purchase up to $528 worth of taxicab coupons (16 coupon books) within a 12-month period. Your actual cost for the maximum number of books is only $320 per year! Once enrolled in the program, qualified riders make their own arrangements directly with the taxicab companies. There are no restrictions on where a rider may go.

The SENIORS ON-THE-GO! application is posted in PDF format. Adobe® Reader® software is required to view PDF files.

Seniors-On-The-Go! is currently up and running. If you would like further information on the program, please call the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services at 703-877-5800 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or use the SENIORS-ON-THE-GO! e-mail form.

*Note: Residents of the City of Alexandria and the City of Falls Church are not eligible.

How do I order Seniors On-The-Go! coupon books?

There are two ways to purchase Seniors On-The-Go! coupon books:

  • In person, by appointment only, at the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services located at 12011 Government Center Parkway, 10th Floor, Fairfax, VA 22035. The office is open for business 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 703-877-5800 if you need directions to the office by private vehicle or public transit.
     
  • Through the mail by sending a check or money order (made payable to the County of Fairfax) to Seniors On-The-Go!, P.O. Box 1388, Fairfax, VA 22038-1388. Please note that we cannot accept cash or credit/debit cards.

Note all coupons have an expiration date.

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