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The Transportation Specialist is responsible for building awareness of current transportation services and helping to improve these services for the older adult population.


Transportation Specialist Transportation Agencies
Community Transportation Program Special Events





Photo of Eileen Apicella, Transportation Specialist, Orange County (NC) Department on Aging

Although the Transportation Specialist will not be providing direct transportation, she is available to help identify transportation options for non-drivers and help with accessing services.


She will advocate for, and work to support, the transportation needs of the older adult community in Orange County.


If you have a transportation need or question, please contact the Department on Aging’s Transportation Help Line (Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.).


Transportation Help Line:  919-717-1853



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Wheelchair bound senior is assisted onto an OPT bus by the driver and a caregiver.Orange County Public Transportation (OPT)

Providing the Hillsborough Circulator, routes to the Senior Centers, routes between Hillsborough and Chapel Hill (420 route), and medical transportation.

Chapel Hill Transit (CHT)

Buses serving the towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro and a route between Hillsborough and Chapel Hill (Route 420).

CHT: A Route - MLK Jr. Blvd. / Northside
Service from Southern Human Services to Weiner/Severin. Service from Weiner/Severin to Southern Human Services.


Provides a paratransit service for eligible riders who have physical or mental impairments and a Senior Shuttle that takes all Seniors to shopping areas, the library, and Seymour Center in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area.


Triangle Transit

Regional bus and shuttle services.


A partnership of public transportation agencies to help residents easily find transportation information.


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Help an older adult, be a volunteer driver! Providing transportation helps connect older

adults to beneficial services and organizations.

Orange County - Department on Aging is seeking dedicated volunteer drivers for a new community transportation program starting in March 2015.


  • Do you have a desire to help older adults?Blue Car graphic
  • Have your own transportation?
  • 2-3 hours a week to spare?
  • Receive Mileage Reimbursement
  • Program Resource Materials
  • Program Training and Support

For more information about this program OR to register for a ride; contact Orange County - Department on Aging Transportation Specialist, Eileen Nilsen by calling (919)717-1853, or email


CARE RECEIVER (person receiving ride) WAIVER

  • Care Receiver Waiver coming soon

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Check back for special transportation events as they become available.


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Orange County Transportation Guide for Older Adults:

A quick guide of online resources to meet the transportation needs of older adults.

Orange County Townships:

A map of Orange County Townships and the major routes connecting them.

Orange County Transportation Leaders:

A listing of key public officials and transportation leaders with contact information and photographs.

Auto Resources: Safe Driving Tips:

A list of useful links to a wide variety of topics and resources to help drivers remain safe.




Older female driver giving a "thumbs up" to safe driving.Tips to stay safe on the road:

Growing older doesn't automatically make you a bad driver, but age does bring changes that can affect your driving ability.

Tips to prepare for a sensitive conversation about driving:

If you think that an older family member could be dangerous behind the wheel, it's important to deal with the issue sooner rather than later.

Start Thinking About Transportation Before You Need It

Chapel Hill News article by Eileen Apicella. This article is one of several articles in the Orange County Aging in Community series. To read other Aging in Community articles click here.

Wondering how to best care for a loved one when YOU are the transportation provider?  Keep these National Center on Senior Transportation Tips in mind and you will find it a pleasant ride for everyone.


Check out this video on how to ride a bus by GoTriangle:


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Resources and tips listed on this page are provided by: Orange County Department on Aging Transportation Program. Please note that inclusion on this
page does not represent a recommendation of any vendor, product, or service by the Aging Transportation Program staff, or the Department on Aging or Orange County Government. These vendors are not employees, contractors, or agents of
Orange County, its Department on Aging or the Aging Transportation Program.


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