Wellington Celebrates Launch Of New Senior Transportation Program

Senior Rides — (L-R) Seth Brown of Freebee, Councilwoman Amanda Silvestri, Vice Mayor John McGovern, Councilwoman Maria Antuña, Mayor Michael Napoleone and Claudia Miro of Freebee.

On Saturday, April 27, the Wellington Village Council, joined by community leaders and residents, gathered to cut the ribbon and celebrate the launch of a new transportation service for Wellington senior citizens in partnership with Freebee.

Freebee, a free, unlimited door-to-door, on-demand shuttle service, is now available to Wellington residents aged 55 and older. The service officially began on Wednesday, May 1.

“We are thrilled to offer this service, breaking down transportation barriers and ensuring our seniors can reach their destinations conveniently and affordably,” Wellington Village Manager Jim Barnes said. “With more than 100 seniors already re-registered, we’re already seeing that this is needed and appreciated in our community.”

The new service includes a fleet featuring Tesla electric vehicles and eliminates the previous requirement of a 24-hour notice for scheduling rides. Rides can now be scheduled for same-day service with an average wait time of 15 minutes. Commuters can also schedule rides up to five days in advance, providing flexibility and reliability.

The service area includes anywhere within the Wellington municipal boundaries, as well as HCA Florida Palms West Hospital and its surrounding medical offices, and along State Road 7 from Southern Blvd. to Lake Worth Road.

Registration for the service is currently open to village residents age 55 or over. Residents can sign up by visiting the Wellington Community Center for a one-time registration. Bring a photo ID and/or a water or utility bill to confirm residency. Information can also be provided via e-mail to rides@wellingtonfl.gov.

For additional information about the Freebee transportation service, visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/rides.