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Mission Statement: "Create and coordinate safe and affordable transportation options in Onondaga County for older adults and persons with disabilities, of any age, in order to improve and sustain quality of life."


Congratulation to our 2019 Onondaga County Senior Services Honoree of the Year - United We Ride, Transportation Coordinator - Michael Messina-Yauchzy


MMY Senior Kathleen Crouch nominated Michael for this prestigious award. To paraphrase her words, “For those of us seniors who are no longer able to drive, lack of transporation is one of the most important obstacles to continue living independently at home. So, when the Westcott Community Center, through the Office for Aging, announced several years ago a new door-to-door transporation service, it seemed like a answer to a prayer. Best of all, however, was the felicitous choice of the new Transporation Coordinator. He is a gentleman of the first order. His kindness and patience with us sometimes challenging seniors is truly exemplary. He does so much more than driving the van. He is observant and cheerfully and quickly assists those having difficulty with their mobility. He is punctual and does his best to juggle the schedule to accommodate even last minute requests. In short, he is an asset to the Westcott Community Center, to Onondaga County and to the seniors he treats like solid gold.”



United We Ride is supported by the New York State Department of Transportation, the New York State Office for Aging and the Onondaga County Office for Aging in cooperation with the Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council (SMTC.)


The SMTC is the state-designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) responsible for administering continuous and comprehension transportation planning for this region. Mission Statement: "Create and coordinate safe and affordable transportation options in Onondaga County for older adults and persons with disabilities of any age in order to improve and sustain quality of life."


Civil Rights (Title VI):

Onondaga County’s policy is to be fully compliant with local, state and federal civil rights laws, so that no one shall be excluded from participation in or denied the benefits of County programs due to discrimination based on race, color, national origin, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability. Any person who believes she or he has been discriminated against on the basis of on race, color, national origin, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability by Onondaga County (hereinafter referred to as Onondaga County) may file a civil rights complaint by completing and submitting the agency’s Civil Rights Complaint Form. ¬†Please submit this form in person at the address below, or mail this form to: Title VI Compliance Coordinator, Human Rights Commission, Onondaga County Suite 19 - Basement Level, 421 Montgomery Street, Syracuse, NY 13202






In 2018, the United We Ride partners traveled enough miles, providing rides to seniors, to circumnavigate the globe...............7.5 times!

If someone started driving and drove continuously, it would take 3 years and 4 months to accomplish this.









Transportation is one of the most pressing issues for seniors.


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Being able to access low-cost transportation can be a real difference-maker for seniors. Where a person lives, be it urban, suburban or rural, can make a significant difference in the challenges facing older riders.

Onondaga County's Office for Aging provides funding, through the United We Ride program, to meet the unique needs of those aged 60 and older and persons with disabilities.

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In order to maintain the highest level of service, the Office for Aging mails periodic evaluations to our United We Ride participants. Here are a few quotes:


“It is so helpful to now have transportation services to the rural areas of Onondaga County. I can finally get to my Doctor’s appointments affordably.”


“Every single one of the drivers I’ve had has been friendly and helpful and it’s so easy to reserve a ride in advance.”


“I strongly depend on United We Ride services. I’m in a wheelchair and my children are employed and I can’t jeopardize their jobs by asking them for a ride.”


“I used to feel isolated but now I get out almost every day to my Senior Center and to church each Sunday. Thanks to United We Ride, I have a new lease on life.”


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United We Ride to your local Senior Center....

Exercise Class


United We Ride to the Senior Nutrition Luncheon at the Regional Market....

Senior Lunch


United We Ride to the Annual Office for Aging Public Hearing....
Public Hearing


The United We Ride Coalition Providers Include:


Canton Woods Senior Center
Catholic Charities of Onondaga County


Huntington Family Centers
Jordan-Elbridge Transportation (JET)
Laker Limo
Minoa Bridgeport Kirkville Area Ecumenical Council
Salvation Army Syracuse Area Services
Southwest Community Center a Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility
Syracuse Dunbar Center
Syracuse Northeast Community Center
Westcott Community Center


Click the link below for a list of senior transportation options in Onondaga County.

Onondaga County Senior Transportation Services


If you’re interested in learning more about you can contact the Onondaga County Office for Aging
at 315-435-2362.  




Office for Aging
421 Montgomery Street
10th Floor Civic Center Syracuse, New York 13202



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