Older adults may take a bus to the McFarland noon meal site Monday through Friday. Cost is $1 round trip. Contact the Senior Outreach Services Department to arrange a ride.
Rides to Department of Motor Vehicles for Photo ID
RSVP has authorized RSVP drivers to take seniors needing their photo voter identifications to a Department of Motor Vehicle station. It is suggested that seniors take advantage of this opportunity this fall. Call Mary Parks between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. at 838-3072 for an individual ride. Senior Outreach can arrange for group rides. Call 838-7117 to put your name on their list. (Unfortunately, RSVP is unable to take people needing specialized transportation.)
We have volunteers who provide rides in their personal cars for older adults. Medical appointments are the primary uses for these rides. Destinations for these rides are McFarland, Stoughton, and Madison. Cost is on a donation basis. Reservations should be made 2-3 business days in advance. Call Mary Parks between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. at (608) 838-3072 to reach the coordinator of the rides. Sorry, we are unable to accommodate wheelchairs.
A bus is available for McFarland older adults who need transportation for area shopping trips. The following bus services are listed below:
- Groceries: Pick 'n Save (McFarland) - second and fourth Tuesday of the month.
- McFarland: Local businesses – second Thursday of the month.
- Shopping: Madison malls – first Monday of the month and third Tuesday of the month.
Round-trip cost is $2 for in-town and $3 for out-of-town shopping. Contact the Senior Outreach Services Department at (608) 838-7117 for details.
New drivers are always welcome to this program. If you are interested in finding out about driving seniors to their medical appointments, call Outreach. Days and times for driving are flexible. Drivers are reimbursed for mileage.
RSVP Ride Policy
The RSVP Driver Escort Program is a Dane County service which is coordinated by many local volunteers throughout the county. The county screens potential drivers for driver safety records, and funds the mileage for those authorized to drive seniors to medical appointments. RSVP’s policy for all rides is that they are a last resort. Family, friends, and public transportation are expected to be the first means of getting a ride.
Because of a shortage of resources (a tight budget and a low number of drivers), riders are limited to a maximum average of one ride per week for their medical appointments. Although this may be a hardship for some riders, RSVP is providing a valuable service under challenging circumstances. In 2010, RSVP provided over 6,600 rides for the county, which covered 338,000 miles of driving. This cost $169,000 for mileage reimbursement. We are grateful that this program exists for seniors. For any transportation concerns, call Outreach.
Village of Cambridge Transportation information