IMPORTANT FREE RIDES UPDATE
The Free Rides for Seniors
The St. Margaret Foundation "Free Rides for Seniors" shuttle transports any senior who lives within its driving area from Blawnox to Sharpsburg and from Route 28 to the Allegheny River. The Free Rides for Seniors transportation van transports senior citizens more than 6,500 times annually to the grocery store, pharmacy, UPMC St. Margaret hospital and doctor's offices, to visit friends, funeral homes, discount stores, and other necessary locations within its boundaries. This shuttle service is provided free to seniors with no questions asked. To request a ride, call 412-449-0151.
Free Medical Shuttle for the Alle-Kiski Valley
Residents may now receive free, non-emergency medical transportation service to/from St. Margaret's Hospital, UPMC primary care doctors offices and other UPMC diagnostic centers in Arnold, Brackenridge, Creighton, Lower Burrell, Natrona, Natrona Heights, New Kensington (includes Parnassus), Russellton, and Tarentum. This NEW shuttle is in partnership with Family Services of Western PA. For more details and to request a ride, call 724-889-0029.
Complimentary Valet Services for Patients with Disabilities
St. Margaret Foundation sponsors complimentary valet service to handicapped patients to improve accessibility to the hospital and Medical Arts Buildings for medical treatment, care, and other hospital services. This service is available at Entrance C to St. Margaret Hospital. The valet services can assist with wheelchairs and walkers, and can coordinate assistance in getting patients to their appointment destination.
Care Management Transportation
St. Margaret Foundation sponsors a wheel chair accessible van service that St. Margaret Hospital utilizes for transportation. The wheelchair van is stationed at the hospital from 11 am to 7 pm, Monday to Friday to assist with transportation to a nursing facility or home. Arrangements are made through Care Management. For more details and to request a ride, call 412-784-4169.
"I am so extremely blessed to have this program, the volunteers, and this shuttle in my life. Volunteers called to make sure we were ok during the lock downs, food was brought to our place on a couple of different occasions and as soon as restrictions were lifted, the shuttle was ack on the road and safely taking us where we needed to go."
-Glenda M., Blawnox
"We can always depend on the shuttle to get us to the grocery store, to medical appointments and to wherever else we need to be, regardless of weather. It is so nice to only have to pick up the phone and schedule a ride. The office staff is nice, the volunteers are great and living where public transportation is so scarce and shoddy, it's great to know we can get where we need to be, safely and even with a smile on our face."
-Janet M., Tarentum
"I live alone and far from a bus lie. My kids and grandchildren all have other commitments so it is hard to get anywhere during the work week. I hate just sitting around the house, I like to do my own shopping and I try to stay as active and independent as I can and the Free Rides for Seniors shuttle allows me to do that. I don't have to ask anyone to take off work to get me to the doctors or grocery stores. The volunteers are so helpful and friendly and go over and above to make sure that everything goes smoothly."
- Virginia R., Shaler
"It's an amazing little shuttle and the volunteers are so friendly and caring and patient with us all. My docs love that I can get to and from my appointments and pick up my meds too. If I didn't have the little bus I would have to take ACCESS and it's too expensive when you go to the docs and need to get as many places as I do."
-Mary Jane A., Sharpsburg