Huntington Woods Helping Seniors with GoGoGrandparent and…

Huntington Woods Helping Seniors with GoGoGrandparent and Other Rideshare Options

(City of Huntington Woods, Oct. 13, 2019)

Huntington Woods, MI – For Huntington Woods seniors who want to arrange for transportation in the evenings, on weekends or for long distances, the City has partnered with Berkley High School and GoGoGrandparent to provide a new option.

The City recognizes there is a gap in City-provided transportation services available to seniors.  The City SMART bus can be reserved for trips within 7 miles of the City between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.  The cost is $1 each way.  For transportation needs outside of the service area or servicing times, the City is encouraging seniors to utilize the Lyft or Uber ride sharing services.

Seniors who are comfortable using smartphones can sign up for a technology workshop and work one-on-one with Berkley High School students to download a ride sharing app and set up an account.  Uber and Lyft offer discounts for first-time users which are available as soon as an account is set up.  The technology workshops are free and scheduled periodically throughout the year.  Check with the Recreation Department for upcoming dates and to sign up.

For seniors who chose not use a smartphone app, the service called GoGoGrandparent is an interface between seniors and the ride programs.  The City is introducing a pilot program to encourage seniors to consider this option for transportation.  A senior can contact GoGoGrandparent to set up an account over the phone or online.  When a senior needs transportation, they call GoGoGrandparent and a driver is located for the ride.   Huntington Woods seniors age 60+ who use GoGoGrandparent will receive $5 off their first two rides.

For more information on the new program, contact Amy Sullivan at asullivan@hwmi.org or 248.581.2632.

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