Transportation

 

 Transportation Services Guidelines – Genesee County

B-Line Bus Systems - Public Transportation

B-Line offers transportation throughout Genesee County. Service is available Monday through Friday in Batavia and a variable schedule is followed for the rural sections of the County. Wheelchairs can be accommodated.

In the City of Batavia, Loop Service” is available for individuals of all ages.  Several routes loop around the city to take riders to their destination.  Bus stop signs are posted near intersections where the bus will be stopping for pick-up or drop-off.  Buses run from the City of Batavia out to Genesee Community College several times per day.  Regular fare is $1.00 for a one-way trip, and senior/disabled half fares are $.50 for a one-way trip.  A Medicare Card or a statement from a physician verifying one’s permanent disability is required to receive the half fare pricing.   A personal care attendant can ride at no cost. 

“Dial a Ride can be arranged within the City of Batavia for those of any age needing at home pick-up.  Regular “Dial-a-Ride” fare is $2.00 one-way trip, and senior half fares are just $1.00 for a one-way trip.  Return trip also needs to be scheduled at time of booking trip.  A personal care attendant can ride at no cost.

County Rural Service: is available on the following days: 

1st and 3rd Monday:    Bergen, Byron, Elba & North of Rt. 5 (East of City)

      Every Tuesday:   Alabama, Basom, Oakfield,Corfu, Pembroke,TIR

1st and 3rd Friday:     Pavilion,Bethany,Attica, Alexander & South of Rt. 5 (East of City)

 

Leaves Batavia 9:45 AM(inbound trip) and 1:45 PM(outbound trip). This service allows travel within the named localities or from Batavia to the outlying areas per the above schedule.  This service has no age restriction.

The fee for rural service is $3.00 for a one-way trip with Senior Citizens at half fare. Rural service includes at home pick-up and return. A personal care attendant can ride at no cost.  Children up to 4 years of age ride for free.  There are no discounts for children ages 5-12 and children aged 12 and older pay full fare.

LeRoy/Stafford/Batavia Shuttle:  Daily Service (M-F) from Batavia to LeRoy and back, is available for 4 round trips per day and serves the area between Batavia to LeRoy with various pick-up locations.  The bus will stop for riders at any corner along Route 5 and will also pick-up riders at their home, if the location is within 3/4 of a mile from Route 5.  The cost for this service is $3.00 for a one-way trip, with seniors and disabled persons paying the half-fare rate of $1.50 per one-way trip.  A personal care attendant can ride at no cost. 

LeRoy/Stafford/Batavia Dial-a-Ride:  LeRoy also has a midday Dial-a-Ride service every Thursday, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.   Riders must call one day in advance.  Fare for adults:  $1.00 or $ .50 for seniors or persons with disabilities. Many LeRoy area residents use this service to do grocery shopping or other errands in LeRoy. Batavia residents desiring to use this service are picked-up in Batavia around 11:00 – 11:15 a.m. and are returned home by 2:00 pm.  A personal care attendant can ride at no cost. 

Town of Batavia:  Those residing in the Town of Batavia, can access B-Line on any public transportation service going through their area.  For the east side of the town, the LeRoy daily route can be used.  For the west side, the Tuesday Rural Service listed above.  For the north side, the first or third Monday service or weekly Tuesday Rural Service, depending on where you live can assist.  For the south side, the first and third Friday Rural Service would be the best option.  To determine which is the best service to use, call B-Line for assistance.

Tuesday Shopping Trip- Paid for by Batavia Tops Supermarket.  Every Tuesday, bus pick-ups start at 10 am at 400 Towers.  Additional stops are then made at Washington Towers and Havenwood.  Riders are then picked up at 11:30 from the Batavia Tops and returned to the pickup points.  The public is welcome to board the bus at any of the pickup points.  Additional pickup points at other Batavia housing complexes may be available, upon request, particularly from the Jerome Center Apartments, Monsignor Kirby Apartments and Park Place Apartments.  There are no bag restrictions on this trip.

For bus schedule information, contact B-Line at (585) 343-3079.  More information is also available at their website, www.rgrta.com.

Medical Transportation: Within Genesee County

B-Line Bus Service OFA Medical Transportation Program provides transportation to medical and dental appointments for Genesee County residents 60 and older. This service is provided Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (on Monday and Friday, within the City of Batavia, Dial-a-Ride may be able to provide service). Reservations should be called in at least 24 hours in advance, but no sooner than 30 days prior to the appointment, at (585) 343-3079. Trips are booked on a first to call, first served basis.  It is requested that individuals arrange their appointments for mid-morning to allow for pick-up and drop-off within the 9 am-1:30pm time frame.   Individuals residing in Senior Housing complexes in the City of Batavia can take this service for therapy at the MedTech Building, across from GCC.

The suggested contribution is $3.00 per round trip, but no one is denied service if they are unable to contribute. A contribution envelope will be provided by the driver each time a person uses this service. Contributions should be placed in the envelope and then put into the locked box on the B-line bus (driver can direct you to the locked box).  Or, riders can make a contribution by directly mailing a check to the Genesee County Office for the Aging.

Those who can access medical appointments using public transportation services should do so.  Use of the Medical Transportation bus, is reserved for those who do not have other transportation available to them.  This service serves seniors in all areas of the county.

Medical Transportation trips are reserved for dialysis, chemotherapy, medical/lab/testing appointments, doctor’s appointments and/or dental, vision or hearing appointments; and therapy visits on a limited basis with therapy rides restricted to two days per week, up to 8 weeks total.  Limited assistance can be provided to board the bus from the front door of the home/apartment building and from the medical/dental office. Please let B-line know you’ll need assistance when booking your trip. Personal care attendants ride at no cost.

Frail or disabled older adults who need more assistance in getting on and off the bus and/or require escort into the building, can call the Office for the Aging Transportation Coordination Program (585) 343-1611 to find out about other transportation which may be able to meet their need. 

Community Action Transportation Services (CATS)

Community Action Transportation Services (CATS) is funded in Genesee County by the Community Foundation’s Muriel H. Marshall Fund for the Aging in Genesee County. It offers adults 60 and older transportation to medical appointments, shopping and personal errands for individuals needing assistance in and out of their homes. The service is limited to destinations within Genesee County.  They serve seniors in all areas of the county with emphasis on seniors residing in rural areas. There is no fee for this service but contributions are accepted to help support the program. Suggested contribution is $3.00 per round trip.  One week notice is required.

Everyone requesting CATS Service must be screened by the Office for the Aging Transportation Program to determine that they are eligible for this service.  For more information in qualifying for this specialized transportation service, contact the Office for the Aging at (585) 343-1611.

 

Transportation to the Genesee County Medical Adult Day Care Program:

Individuals attending Medical Adult Day Care at the Genesee County Nursing Home who are on Medicaid (either Community Medicaid or the Long Term Care Home Health Care Program) are eligible for transportation services through Medicaid transportation and the Adult Day Care Program staff can assist is arranging this transportation, should the person’s needs not be met through public transportation.  If a person is privately paying to attend Adult Day Care, the following will occur:

Private Pay, 60+ individuals:

If a City of Batavia resident, try public transportation first.

If the service doesn’t meet the client’s needs, look to CATS(Marshall Funded program), as OFA Medical wouldn't be able to take them home.   If CATS(MF) can not provide the service, look to Independent Living’s transportation program. 

If individual lives outside the city,CATS/New Freedom transportation program should be looked at.  When calling CATS specify the request is for the New Freedom service, which the individual should qualify for if they need medical daycare.

If anon-City of Batavia resident can’t use CATS/New Freedom, then the individual can be approved for services on the CATS/Marshall Fund service.

For private pay individuals 60+, as a last resort, refer the client to Independent Living for their (likely) fee for service program.

Private Pay,under age 60:

First try Batavia Bus Service Public Transportation service. 

If public transportation doesn’t meet the individual’s needs and the individual resides outside of the City of Batavia, refer the client to the CATS/New Freedom program. 

If public transportation doesn’t meet the individual’s needs and s/he resides in the City of Batavia, refer the individual to Independent Living for the (likely) fee for service program.

Medical Transportation: Outside Genesee County

CATS Assisted Transportation for out-of-county medical appointments:

CATS travels to the Buffalo and Rochester areas weekly to provide medical transportation for Genesee County residents 60 and older.   There is a special focus on providing rides to individuals needing additional assistance or who require the use of a lift to board a vehicle, but these needs are not required. CATS travels to Buffalo on Tuesday mornings and early afternoons and to Rochester on Friday mornings.  The suggested contribution is $15.00, which can be made on the bus.  Please try to arrange Buffalo appointments in the early afternoon and Rochester appointments in the early morning to allow necessary travel time. 

OFA Volunteer Medical Transportation

This service is provided by volunteers using their own vehicles and is available to Genesee County residents 60 and older who are unable to use public transportation or who can not make private arrangements. This service is primarily for out-of-County trips. Arrangements can be made by calling the Office for the Aging Transportation Coordinator at (585) 343-1611 at least one week in advance.  The suggested contribution for this service is $15.00.

Request for rides must be made in five (5) business days prior to the scheduled medical appointment date (Saturday and Sunday does not count as a business day). Same day requests for rides cannot be honored except in extreme emergencies.

To schedule medical transportation, please call the office for the aging at 343-1611 between 8:30 a.m.and5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

NY STATE LAW REQUIRES THE USE OF SEAT BELTS.  Our volunteer drivers must insist you wear a seat belt.  If for some reason you cannot use a seat belt, a doctor’s statement releasing you must accompany you on all trips.  This is for your safety as well as the volunteer driver.

Cancellations must be called into this office as soon as you know you will not need a ride.  Our volunteers have arranged their schedules to accommodate you and need to know of any changes as soon as possible.

While there is no “charge” for this service, the Office for the Aging has set the following contribution guidelines: the suggested amount for a trip outside is $15.00 and for a trip within the county is $3.00 per round trip.  Contributions are confidential and no one will be denied a ride due to an inability to pay.  Please do not pay the driver directly - we will send a statement of your trip(s) at the end of the month.  Checks should be made payable to the GENESEE COUNTY TREASURER and mailed to the office at 2 Bank St,Batavia,NY 14020.

Volunteers are not, under any circumstances, to be called at their homes by clients requesting transportation.  ALL requests must be made through this office for insurance purposes.  Please do not ask the driver to take you to your next appointment – we need to maintain flexible scheduling with our volunteers and may need them to go on a different trip that day.  This program is for medical/dental appointments ONLY – please don’t ask a volunteer to run errands for you.

Every effort will be made to provide a ride for you as requested; however, because this service is provided by volunteers, we cannot always fill every request.  We also request that appointments be made no later than 2:00 p.m.as it is difficult to obtain drivers for appointments that may keep them away late in the day.  We cannot transport a client more than one time per weekPlease try to schedule accordingly.

We ask that you inform us of any physical condition that may require extra assistance or if the use of any device such as a wheelchair, walker, or oxygen tank is necessary.  Our volunteers can only provide minimal assistance.

Transportation is for clients only.  If it is necessary for a friend or family member to accompany you, due to medical reasons, such as a hearing or comprehension problem, we must be made aware of this when you call to request transportation.                                                                                                                                       

NOTICE:  Volunteer Medical Transportation of Genesee County Seniors Undergoing Medical Treatments-Rule of Practice:

 Clients will be transported TO their medical treatment (example, chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, etc.) appointment only (unless accompanied by a friend or family member).  The client will be responsible for arranging their own transportation FROM their appointment in order to return home.  

Most people who use this transportation program appreciate the time, dedication, and efforts of our volunteer drivers.  However, there have been isolated incidents when this has not been the case.  Please note that the Office for the Aging reserves the right to refuse service to any individual who abuses this program, or is otherwise disruptive to our drivers in any form.

Transportation for Individuals with Disabilities

Independent Living of Genesee Region

 Effective January 2012, the Independent Living of Genesee Region , operated by WNY Independent Living, Inc. Family of Agencies, provides transportation services to individuals of all ages with disabilities.  Assisted transportation services are available to individuals with disabilities, their attendants, family members and advocates. 

 To receive no cost services individuals must have a developmental disability, live with a family member and live in Orleans or Genesee Counties. 

A fee-for-service transportation program is available for individuals with disabilities that reside in Orleans,Genesee or Wyoming Counties.  Please contact WNY Independent Living directly for more information 716-836-0822 ext 126 or call the Genesee Region Independent Living Center at 815-8501.

Community Action of Orleans and Genesee – New Freedom

The New Freedom Program is provided by the Federal Transit Administration through the NYS Department of Transportation and is operated by Community Action Transportation System (CATS) via Community Action of Orleans and Genesee. 

Assisted Transportation is available for disabled Genesee County residents of any age, living outside of the City of Batavia.  Transportation within Genesee County and outside of Genesee County is provided for medical appointments, employment, job searches and shopping.  Riders must provide proof of disability through receipt of SSI,S SD or a doctor’s note.  Frail elders are also eligible.  There is a suggested contribution of $3 per round trip within Genesee County and $10 per round trip outside of Genesee County.  24 hour advance notice is required. Rides are provided on a first come first served basis, with medical appointments having priority in scheduling. 

For further questions or to schedule a ride, contact CATS at (585) 343-3735.  Hours of operation are Monday – Friday 6:00 am – 6:00 pm.      

 

Group Social Transportation

Social Transportation Program:  This program is made possible through the Genesee Senior Foundation, with funds from the Community Foundation’s Muriel H. Marshall Fund for the Aging in Genesee County.  Free bus transportation is available to groups of 4 or more seniors for social outings, up to one full bus.  Day trips of up to 10 hours and no more than 240 miles round trip may be accommodated.  For more information or to arrange for a bus, call the Office for the Aging Recreation Program at (585) 343-1611.

Transportation Coordination

The Office for the Aging Transportation Coordination Program is funded by the Rochester Area Community Foundation’s Muriel H. Marshall Fund for the Aging in Genesee County. This program provides assistance to understand the array of transportation services to help senior access appropriate transportation service to the extent that those services are available in Genesee County. It  also provides assistance to seniors and their caregivers to find transportation services for seniors to meet their needs in accessing medical and dental appointments; pharmacy, grocery stores and other personal shopping, banking, errands and social events. For assistance, please call (585) 343-1611.

Additional Resources

Bus Companies

Attica Bus Services Inc.: 949 Creek Road, Attica, NY  (585) 591-2107

First Student Inc.:  413 E. Main St., Batavia, NY (585) 343-0018

Greyhound Bus Lines: 186 Cumberland St. Rochester, NY 14605 (585) 325-2974

www.greyhound.com          

Taxi Providers

Batavia Cab Company:  551 Ellicott Street, Batavia NY  (585) 813-4649

Limo Service

Mancuso Limousine Service: Batavia, NY 14020 (585) 268-6509  

S&S Limousine Service:  LeRoy, NY 14482  (585) 768-2388

Train   

Amtrak:  Depew, NY  1-800-231-2222         

www.amtrak.com

Car Rental 

Enterprise Rent-A-Car:  Batavia, NY (585) 344-3100