Creating transportation solutions for seniors
How it works
Welcome to the Senior Mobility Program – a group of cities and organizations in Orange County offering community transit programs that provide transportation services for seniors.
OCTA's Senior Mobility Program (SMP) is designed to fill the gap between local fixed-route buses and ADA paratransit, or ACCESS service, by providing local transportation services to seniors in participating cities in Orange County. Under the program, participating cities are eligible to receive funds and vehicles from OCTA to help design and operate a transit program that best fits the needs of older adults in their communities.
OCTA and the participating cities contribute financially to the program. Funding for the Senior Mobility Program comes from Measure M, Orange County's local ½-cent transportation sales tax measure. Measure M provides funding for senior/disabled programs including the SMP. One percent of Measure M's net revenue is allocated to the SMP, and participating cities receive a formula allocation based on their share of Orange County's population of seniors age 60 years and older.
Funding for the non-profit SMP participants comes from Article 4.5, Claims For Community Transit Services, of the Transportation Development Act (TDA). The Transportation Development Act is funded through ¼-cent of California's general sales tax and these funds can only be expended for public transit purposes.
In addition to funding responsibilities, OCTA also provides used vehicles and technical support to participating cities and centers.
To date, 26 cities, Abrazar, the Jewish Federation and Family Services, the Korean American Senior Association of Orange County and the Vietnamese Community of Orange County have chosen to participate in the Senior Mobility Program. Participating cities include: Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Stanton, Tustin, Westminster and Yorba Linda.
Cities and organizations interested in signing up for the SMP can call OCTA's Community Transportation Services office at (714) 560-5802. Individuals interested in finding out more about the SMP in their area are encouraged to call the city or organization directly.
For more information on resources for seniors, visit www.officeonaging.ocgov.com or call (800) 510-2020.