Transportation

Transportation planning and options for older adults and persons with disabilities in Brown County Wisconsin

Creating Your Plan to Get Around

Giving up driving is a big step. We recognize how hard it is and hope this will provide reassurance that you can build a plan to get you where you want to go!

Take a look at your situation. Start with these questions:

  • Are you unable to drive a car due to a loss of vision or physical mobility?
  • Is it difficult to get to the grocery store or doctor’s office?
  • Do you have concerns about an aging parent’s ability to drive safely?
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Physical Needs:

  • Are you able to get into and out of a vehicle without assistance?
  • Can you get to the bus stop?
  • Can you get into and out of your wheelchair and into a vehicle without assistance, or would you need a wheelchair lift?
  • Would you be able to drive yourself if you adapted your vehicle to be more accessible for your needs?
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Scheduling and Convenience

  • Are you willing to reserve a ride 24-48 hours in advance?
  • Would you prefer to call for a ride the day you need or want to go?
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Types and Frequency of Trips

  • Do you need a ride to work every day?
  • Occasional trips to the store?
  • Rides to medical appointments?
  • To play cards at the weekly card club or other social outings?
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Cost

  • Are you able to afford transportation?
  • Can you have cash handy?
  • Do you have a debit or credit card (some services do not accept cash)?

Some services may have reduced fares/rates or be paid for by the program, if you meet eligibility criteria. Applications may be required.

Types of Transportation: Service Options

Green Bay Metro

Service is subject to change. Go to this Green Bay Metro COVID-19 Link for the most up to date information.

Ride the bus on regular routes or use GBM On-Demand which provides affordable shared rides to key transit hubs, and designated commercial and medical destinations.  Go to this GBM On-Demand link for more information.

Green Bay Metro buses are equipped with passenger lifts to accommodate wheelchairs and scooters. You must be able to get to the bus stop and board and exit the bus using the lift without assistance.

Reduced fares are available to people age 65 and older. To get the reduced fares show your Medicare card. Persons with a qualifying disability can obtain a reduced fare ID card.

New to the bus system? The Travel training program is a free, simple and enjoyable way to learn how to use the bus to get where you want to go.  Download the track the bus app and you’ll know when to expect your bus.

Go to the Green Bay Metro website: https://greenbaywi.gov/231/Metro-Transit for more information, i.e.: routes, schedules, fares, travel training, and a bus tracker app.

Para-Transit Sponsored by Green Bay Metro

Option for a person who, due to disabilities, cannot use Metro’s fixed route buses. It provides origin-to-destination transportation in vans or small buses. Requires an application. Passes only – no cash or checks. Go to this website https://greenbaywi.gov/325/Program-Overview for eligibility, application, travel training, and Paratransit contact information.

Curative Connections Specialized Transportation

Curative Connections provides low cost transportation for Brown County residents who are disabled and/or age 60 plus.  An application is required.

Trip priorities are medical, work, and nutrition such as; grocery shopping or getting to a community meal site.  Social rides are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Call 920-227-4272 to make a servation or for more information or go to this website: https://www.curativeconnections.org/services/specialized-transportation-services/

Disabled American Veterans Transport

Transportation for Veterans only.  Serves Brown County as available. 

Drivers are volunteers.  Advance appointments only.  Flexible times.

Call 920-431-2641 or email: richard.marbes@va.gov.

MTM, Inc. Non-Emergency MA Transport

Medical Transportation Management, Inc. (MTM) is the non-emergency medical transportation services for certain Medicaid (MA) and BadgerCare plus members.

Go to this website: https://www.mtm-inc.net/wisconsin/ for more information, i.e.: how to schedule a ride, forms, updates, frequently asked questions, etc.

WI Department of Health Services webpage with information about Non-Emergency Medical Transportation during COVID-19 Pandemic.

Van Transporation

Several independent van companies operate in the Green bay area. Some provide service outside of Brown County. Assistance is provided with loading wheelchairs. Cost vary.

Taxi Services

There are a number of taxi companies that serve Green Bay and Brown County. This is a pay as you go service.  You call the company of your choice to arrange a ride.  Search on-line or in the phone book.

Ride-Hailing Services

Uber or Lyft are examples of ride-hailing services that match riders with drivers who use their own car.  You need a smart phone to download the app and register a bank or credit card account to be charged for rides.

Friends, Family, Neighbors, etc.

Explore what friends, family, neighbors, your church or club friends can do for you.  Sharing a ride is a great way to get around. So often people just need to be asked.  Don’t be afraid to ask.

Transportation

Green Bay Metro Bus Transportation

Green Bay Metro is providing limited services that are subject to change.  Go to this Green Bay Metro Limited Services Link for details.

 

Green Bay Metro On-Demand

Green Bay Metro is now offering GBM On-Demand.  Provides affordable shared rides to key transit hubs, designated commercial and medical destinations.  Access using a downloaded app or call for those without a smartphone.  Go to this GBM On-Demand Link for details.

 

Transportation Options

Booklet with transportation service descriptions to help you plan so you can get where you want to go.

Transportation List & Resources

Mobility Management listing of transportation options & resources in Brown County

Wisconsin FoodShare

Federal program created to stop hunger and improve health and nutrition. It helps income eligible families and individuals purchase the food they need for good health. The application process includes a phone interview with the Bay Lake Consortium and an online application at access.wisconsin.gov. Call the Bay Lake Consortium 1-888-794-5747 today to check for eligibility and complete your phone interview.

The Homestead Tax Credit Program

Designed to assist low income households offset the financial impact of property taxes and rent. Program eligibility is based on specific criteria including income, work status, age, and disability. Visit the State of Wisconsin Department of Revenue website for eligibility and application information revenue.wi.gov/Pages/FAQS/ise-home.

Income Tax Assistance Programs

Wisconsin residents can take advantage of two programs designed to provide tax assistance for low income seniors and individuals with a disability. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is a cooperative between the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) and the State of Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR). The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program is sponsored by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) foundation. Both programs are staffed by volunteers who are trained by the IRS and DOR to prepare basic income tax returns for free. Visit the WI DOR website for eligibility and locations revenue.wi.gov/Pages/FAQS/pcs-vita.

Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program - (WHEAP)

Provides assistance for heating costs, electric costs, and energy related crisis situations. Most fuel types are eligible to receive assistance. There are a number of different programs a household can apply for.

Brown County Health and Human Services is the place to apply for these programs. This Home Energy Assistance Programs link will take you to a website outlining the types of programs as well as application information or call the ADRC Benefit Specialists for more information.

Operation Community Cares (OCC)

Website for non-profit organized to respond to the Coronavirus pandemic.  Volunteers available to pick-up and deliver food and basic needs for persons unable to get to the store and/or pantry.  Find registration information at the buttons below. If you are having trouble ADRC staff can help you register, call (920) 448-4300. 

OCC is also looking for volunteers.  See Volunteer button for more information.

Basic Needs

Basic Needs Brown County Community Resources

Booklet with descriptions of and contact information for service providers for persons who are looking for services to meet their basic needs. Includes food, shelter, childcare, employment, medical, transportation, etc.

Government Free Cell Phone Program

A program called Lifeline that provides free and discounted cell phone service for qualifying low-income consumers.

The Homestead Tax Credit Program

Designed to assist low income households offset the financial impact of property taxes and rent. Program eligibility is based on specific criteria including income, work status, age, and disability. Visit the State of Wisconsin Department of Revenue website for eligibility and application information revenue.wi.gov/Pages/FAQS/ise-home.

Income Tax Assistance Programs

Wisconsin residents can take advantage of two programs designed to provide tax assistance for low income seniors and individuals with a disability. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is a cooperative between the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) and the State of Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR). The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program is sponsored by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) foundation. Both programs are staffed by volunteers who are trained by the IRS and DOR to prepare basic income tax returns for free. Visit the WI DOR website for eligibility and locations revenue.wi.gov/Pages/FAQS/pcs-vita.aspx.

Brown County Food Resources

Information about pantries, community meals, food share, and other programs that provide food assistance.

Despensas de Alimentos en el condado de Brown

Un recurso con informacion sobre despensas de alimentos, comedores comunitarios, FoodShare y otras programas que proveen la assistencia de comida.

Wisconsin FoodShare

Federal program created to stop hunger and improve health and nutrition. It helps income eligible families and individuals purchase the food they need for good health. The application process includes a phone interview with the Bay Lake Consortium and an online application at access.wisconsin.gov. Call the Bay Lake Consortium 1-888-794-5747 today to check for eligibility and complete your phone interview.

Advocacy Resources

Disability Rights Wisconsin

Wisconsin Aging Advocacy Network (WAAN)

Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities

Survival Coalition of Wisconsin

ABC for Health

AARP

National Council on Aging (NCOA)

Medicare Rights Center

Wisconsin FACETS

De"MEN"tia Support Group - Virtual

1st Tuesday each month

9 - 9:45 am  Join by computer or phone!

Call: 1-408-418-9388
Access Code: 626 878 367
Password: 1234

Call Sheri Mealy at 920-764-1660 or email sheri.mealy@browncountywi.gov if you are intereste in participating or have questions.  Sheri can send a link for joining via computer.

Support for men caring for loved ones with dementia.  Men often have different perspectives and experiences as caregivers.  Join this group, specifically designed and led by men to share successes and challenges of caring for a love one with Alzheimer’s or other dementia.

Go to this Men's Support Group Flyer for details.

Dementia Support Group for Women - Virtual

3rd Thursday each month

9 - 10 am  Join by computer or phone!

Call: 1-408-418-9388
Access Code: 624 337 538
Password: 1234

Call Sheri Mealy at 920-764-1660 or email sheri.mealy@browncountywi.gov if you are intereste in participating or have questions.  Sheri can send a link for joining via computer.

Don't miss out on connecting with fellow caregivers during this time.  Join this group to share successes and challenges of caring for a loved on with Alzheimer's or other dementia.

Go to this Women's Support Group Flyer for details.

Grief Group

2nd Wednesday

2 pm

Learn about natural and normal grief responses, and tips for coping with loss. Have questions? Call Mandy 920-339-9065

Healing Through Grief - Life After Caregiving

3rd Wednesday

4 - 5:30 pm

A monthly meeting for spouses, partners, family members, and friends who are grieving the loss of a loved one.  Download this Healing Through Grief flyer

Hispanic Support Group

Date To Be Determined

 ¡El ADRC legustaria anunciar la adición de un grupo de apoyo en español! Una vez al mes, reuniremos a personas que experimenten cualquier tipo de discapacidad, física o mental, para proporcionar un lugar seguro para hablar, escuchar y simplemente estar allí para ayudarnos.  No hay obligación de hablar, está bien simplemente venry escuchar mientras buscamos unir más a la comunidad hispana aquí en el Condado de Brown. ¡Hasta pronto!

Low Vision Support Group

2nd Tuesday

2 pm

Anyone with low vision join us to share your experiences and learn from others. Covers technology and other information of interest.

Mug Club - Virtual

2nd Wednesday

6 - 7 pm

Join by computer or phone.

Call: 1-414-655-0003
Access Code: 161 715 6921
Password: MugClub2020

Call Teri Bradford 920-448-4320 or email teri.bradford@browncountywi.gov if you are interested in joining!

A monthly gathering for families, friends, partners and other informal caregivers. Sponsored by Brown County Caregiver Coalition. Download this Mug Club flyer.

NAMI

1st Monday

6:30 pm

Support group for the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI). Open to families and caregivers.

Northeast Wisconsin RSD/CRPS Support Group

2nd Tuesday

6 - 8 pm

Voices Behind the Fire. Our goal is to create a safe place for those diagnosed with RSD/CRPS (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) Family, friends, caregivers, and medical professionals are encouraged to join our group.

Parkinson's Support Group

2nd Tuesday

12:30 pm

Caregivers are welcome.

Alzheimer's Assoc On-line Family Support Groups

Alzheimer's Association hosts teleconference or on-line support groups for Family Caregivers. 

There are a number of options for caregivers of persons with dementia, including Spanish speakers.  Click this Alzheimer's Association Support Group Flyer link for more information.

Disabilities

Employment Guide for Persons with Disabilities

Outlines employment options including information on job assistance for older adults, veterans, and adults with disabilities. Examples are Social Security Administration Work Incentive programs, how to find funding, assistive technology, and legal issues and advocacy.

Information and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities

List of organizations that assist persons with disabilities and their families, i.e.: finding services, assistive technology, and support groups in addition to providing education and advocacy on disability related issues and so much more.

Durable Medical Exquipment - Donate - Purchase Used List

ADRC and Options for Independent Living Loan Closets are closed to lending and accepting items.

List of sources for donating equipment you have or to purchase used equipment.  Examples are assistive devices for the bathroom, bedroom, walkers, canes, wheelchairs, etc.  If you need to explore more options call the ADRC at 920-448-4300 for assistance.

Programs for Individuals with Disabilities

List of organizations that serve persons with disabilities with programs to help them stay active and learn new skills.

Respite Options for People with Special Needs

Explains what respite is, why it’s important, available respite options and where to get assistance to sort through those options.

ASPIRO

aspiroinc.org. 920-498-2599, 1673 Dousman Str., Green Bay, WI Agency serving individuals with disabilities.  Services such as early intervention, employment, and day services, and more.

CP

www.wearecp.org. 920-337-1122, 2801 South Webster Avenue, Green Bay, WI  Provides aquatic exercise, therapy services, adult day services, childcare, advocacy, and information.

Curative Connections

curativeconnections.org. 920-468-1161, 2900 Curry Ln, Green Bay, WI  A wide variety of services for older adults and adults with disabilities.  Dementia, adult day services, training and employment, rehabilitation, transportation and more.

Options for Independent Living

Optionsil.org. 920-590-0500, 555 Country Club Road, Green Bay, WI Disability showcase model home and office.  Get hands on experience with assistive technology and adaptive equipment.  Provides advocacy, peer support, information, and referral.

ADRC Menu

Take a look at the menu. Monthly menus include a variety of meals for every taste. (ADRC Menu for Homebound meal delivery, Community Cafes and Pick-up.)

Food Resources

Brown County Food Resources

Information about pantries, community meals, food share, and other programs that provide food assistance.

Despensas de Alimentos en el condado de Brown

Un recurso con informacion sobre despensas de alimentos, comedores comunitarios, FoodShare y otras programas que proveen la assistencia de comida.

Food Delivery & Pick-up

List of grocery stores offering on-line and phone ordering with at store pick-up or delivery.

Community Meals Response to Coronavirus Emergency

List of free community meal programs and changes to their emergency process during the Coronavirus Emergency.  Includes school age free meal locations.

Fully Cooked Meals Delivered to Your Door

List of meal prep and delivery services. Order meals for weekly delivery.

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