October 30, 2022

GoGeo expands services 

Rides now offered to adults 65 years and older 

Georgetown residents 65 and older can once again turn to GoGeo to get around town. The city’s paratransit service has expanded its curb-to-curb services to include older adults. 

Transportation services can be requested by eligible riders from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Ride reservations must be made by 4 p.m. the previous day either online at https://gogeo.georgetown.org/paratransit-schedule or by calling

512-478-7433. Rides cost $2. 

The limited paratransit service is operated by Capital Area Rural Transportation System, also known as CARTS. It was previously available only to qualifying people with disabilities, who must go through a screening to become eligible. City council members instructed staff to include residents 65 and older in the service during a June 28 workshop. 

“The council recognizes the need for our residents to access services, such as healthcare and shopping, and we know this service will help us meet the needs of our residents, particularly those with disabilities or our older residents who would need a ride,” Mayor Josh Schroeder said in a statement. 

Older adults can call CARTS at 512-478-7433 to complete an intake form before riding. 

According to the city, there are 321 customers using the paratransit services within the city. The city anticipates services for adults ages 65 and older to sit at $575,753, with the city paying $345,452 and the rest being covered by a match from the Federal Transit Administration. 

In addition to expanding eligibility requirements, two vehicles will be used for GoGeo services this year. 

Residents can also use CARTS’ Interurban Coach bus, which provides transportation between Georgetown and Austin. The bus picks up passengers twice a day Monday through Friday at two locations: the corner of Ninth and Main streets and at 3620 South Austin Avenue. 

Additional information regarding transportation services in Georgetown is available online at gogeo.georgetown.org.

— Brigid Cooley