On the Go

Transportation Solutions for Older Adults

Stay connected to the people and places you love most.

When you make the tough decision to turn in your keys, our dedicated team of volunteers show up to drive you where you need to go – whether to the doctor, the grocery store, or lunch with friends. More than a ride, On the Go is about fueling the sense of connection, independence, and mobility that defines aging well.

Enroll to become a rider: (858) 637-3210
Request a ride: (858) 637-7320

“My love and appreciation for what On the Go does for me is endless. My whole life has changed. To get to my doctors’ appointments on time, to get out and see people, to see the trees and the city. Just riding in the car— it is like a breath of fresh air.”

FLEXIBLE OPTIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS

For Adults 60+

Rides & Smiles

Individual rides to medical and personal appointments, social activities, errands, or wherever you need to go. Rides & Smiles is the largest volunteer transportation service in San Diego, providing more than 2,300 rides a month. Rides are provided for a donation and must be reserved at least one week in advance.

More Details – Eligible Zip Codes

Rides & Smiles® transportation services are available to older adults age 60+ who reside in the following areas:

  • Eastern San Diego – 91941, 91942, 92103, 92108, 92111, 92115, 92116, 92117, 92119, 92120, 92123, 92124
  • Northern San Diego – 92007, 92014, 92024, 92037, 92067, 92075, 92091, 92121, 92122, 92130, 92109, 92110 (North of I-8)
  • North County Inland – 92029, 92064, 92126, 92127, 92128, 92129, 92131, 92025 (West of San Pasqual/Highland Valley Road)

Navigator

On-demand transportation anywhere in San Diego County using car-sharing services like Lyft. We monitor the ride in real-time, making sure everything goes smoothly from pickup to drop-off. Perfect when you need a ride, but don’t have the 7-day advance notice needed for Rides & Smiles. We can schedule a ride with as little as one-hour notice!

More Details

  • 7:00am – 7:00pm, Monday – Friday
  • Riders must be 60 or older and be registered with On the Go
  • Pricing includes the cost of the ride, plus a $4.00 service fee
  • One hour minimum advance notice required

On the Go Silver

A premium service that offers door-to-door service for individual riders and can be customized for large groups. Special features include scheduling freedom, personalized experience and assistance, and accessibility including wheelchair transport.

Excursions

Enjoy group outings to exciting destinations such as the theater, museums, and scenic tours. Favorite trips include Balboa Park, winery tours, Jewish Film Festival & Book Fair, theatres and concerts.

Look at our upcoming Excursions >>

Shuttle Service & Group Shuttles

Shuttles to JFS’s Social & Wellness Centers, as well as shopping, cultural events, and religious services including to areas synagogues during the High Holidays. Customized group transportation is available to organizations that serve older adults age 60+.

Look at our upcoming Adventure Shuttles >>

More Details – Eligible Zip Codes

If you’re an organization serving older adults ages 60+, Community Partner Shuttles is here to provide your group of 10 or more with transportation to and from your next adventure. Enjoy the ease of friendly, affordable, dependable transportation. Ready to go? Contact Meredith at (858) 637-7324. Create your own group adventure. 
Choose a meeting point. Choose a destination. On the Go will get you there and back.

  • Available 7:00am – 7:00pm
  • Limited to destination 25 miles away; 4-hour trip maximum
  • $8 per person (10 person minimum, $80)

Start your trip from anywhere within these zip codes.

  • Eastern San Diego – 91941, 91942, 92103, 92108, 92111, 92115, 92116, 92117, 92119, 92120, 92123, 92124
  • Northern San Diego – 92014, 92037, 92109, 92110, 92121, 92122, 92130
  • North County Inland – 92025 (partial), 92029, 92064, 92126, 92127, 92128, 92129, 92131

PRICING & ELIGIBILITY

On the Go transportation services are available to individuals 60 years and older residing in San Diego County. Existing transportation must be inadequate or unavailable. All riders must be mentally alert. Many On the Go services are wheelchair accessible.

A $20 enrollment fee grants you access to all of the On the Go services.
Members of the following organizations are exempt (expand to see list).

More Details – Participating Synagogues

Members of the following organizations are exempt from this enrollment fee:

  • JFS College Avenue Center
  • JFS Balboa Avenue Older Adult Center
  • Rides & Smiles®
  • Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center
  • New Life Club
  • Seacrest Village Rancho Bernardo

Participating Synagogues: Chabad of College Area, Chabad of La Jolla Shores, Chabad of Poway, Chabad of Scripps Ranch, Chabad of University City, Congregation Beth Am, Congregation Beth El, Congregation Beth Israel, Congregation Dor Hadash, Ner Tamid Synagogue, Ohr Shalom Synagogue, Temple Adat Shalom, Temple Emanu-El, Temple Solel, Tifereth Israel Synagogue

BOOK A RIDE WITH ON THE GO

Let’s schedule a ride together! We’re here to answer your questions and help you get started.

If you are already an On the Go rider call (858) 637-7320 to request a ride.

On the Go is a program of Charitable Adult Rides & Services (CARS), operated by JFS. Established in 2003 to help fund the programs and services of JFS, CARS soon began helping other nonprofits raise extra funds. Today, CARS is a respected leader in the car donation industry, providing additional revenue to more than 2,500 nonprofits nationwide.

 

Learn about CARS

MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER

These services are provided with the help of our local partners.

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