The City of Laguna Woods’ Senior Mobility Program subsidizes the cost of taxi travel for Laguna Woods residents who are at least 60 years of age. Made possible, in part, by the generous support of the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and Orange County’s Measure M2 half-cent sales tax, the Senior Mobility Program promotes lifelong mobility through the provision of affordable, senior-oriented transportation services. Core elements of the Senior Mobility Program include general travel vouchers (“taxi bucks”), non-emergency medical transportation (“NEMT”), and Irvine Station travel vouchers. All Senior Mobility Program transportation is provided by taxi cabs operated by California Yellow Cab.
For more information, please contact City Hall at (949) 639-0500.
General Travel Vouchers (“Taxi Bucks”)
General travel vouchers (or, “taxi bucks”) save residents 30% of the cost of taxi trips. Taxi bucks are available in books valued at $50 (sold for $35) and $100 (sold for $70) and can be used for any trip beginning or ending in Laguna Woods to or from any point in Orange County with the exception of John Wayne Airport.
Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (“NEMT”)
Non-emergency medical transportation (or, “NEMT”) by taxi can be arranged by staff at City Hall at deeply subsidized rates that save residents between 50% and 87%. NEMT travel vouchers are also available for select destinations. Service is available for any non-emergency medical trip beginning or ending in Laguna Woods to or from any facility in Orange County or the Long Beach Veterans Hospital. Depending on the length of the trip, resident costs range from $6 to $16 one-way.
Irvine Station (Transportation Center) Travel Vouchers
Special destination travel vouchers are available for taxi trips beginning or ending in Laguna Woods to the Irvine Station at a rate that saves residents 50%. For $10 one-way, residents are able to travel to the Irvine Station to connect with passenger rail and bus services provided by Amtrak (800-USARAIL), Metrolink (800-371-LINK), the Orange County Transportation Authority (714-636-RIDE), and others.
Please note that an annual enrollment fee of $10 per person is typically charged per fiscal year; however, due to the impacts of COVID-19, the City Council has waived the enrollment fee for transportation purchased for use between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.