Dublin testing the first micro-transit program in central Ohio for seniors

In the three months since she stopped driving, 78-year-old Carolyn Walker has managed to get by.

She misses the freedom that driving gave her.

“But, you know, you make adjustments,” the Dublin woman said.

Walker asks friends or family members for rides. She takes taxis but once had to wait an hour to be picked up at Kroger, she said.

Now, Walker and some other Dublin seniors have a new option: a micro-transit service being offered by the city of Dublin through a partnership with SHARE, a Columbus-based transportation startup.

The service launched in the first week of January as part of a six-month pilot program. Dublin is covering the $100,000 cost in hopes it improves access to transportation, one of seniors’ biggest challenges.