So What Makes Us Different?
Members pay the fees charged by Lyft or Uber along with a $2.50 administrative fee.
We offer you the best pricing available and we monitor your ride and assist if needed.
The lower cost is made possible due to the generous support from private foundations, government, and businesses.
No Smart Phone Required
All you need is a cell phone to call 201-939-4242 Ext. 4 and speak to an EZ Ride Operator to request a ride from 8 am to 8 pm Monday-Friday and Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm. Rides are provided in real time with no advance reservations.
Choice of Providers
The list of transportation providers is not limited to Lyft and Uber and will be expanded to include other qualified transportation providers as well. A choice of providers helps us to find the lowest cost provider for each individual trip.
We are working hard to ensure the safety of your credit card information and all transactions will soon be made using PayPal. Your credit/debit card information will not be stored on our computers.
Customized software will be used to:
- Get costs from multiple transportation providers and request the lowest cost ride
- Receive payments for the ride from your credit or debit card
We will send you a monthly statement indicating the details of all rides along with any other transaction on your account. Riders will also have access to an on-line portal for up to date account information.
How does it work?
EZ Ryde4Life is a membership-based program. Currently, the program is available to New Jersey Residents only. Riders fill out a registration form and establish a transportation account using a credit or debit card. Once that’s setup, rides can be scheduled in real time. It’s as easy to register, reserve, and ride.
All fees and charges are collected in advance from your credit/debit card by charging $50 to fund your account; fees will be deducted from the available balance, and additional money will be debited from your card when the account balance drops to $25.
You will receive a monthly statement of all rides and their cost.
How to Register?
- Fill out the registration sign up on-line. Debit Card or Credit Card from Master Card or Visa Required.
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- Speak to a live person from your area
Call: 201-939-4242 Ext. 4
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EZ Ride, 144 Park Place East, Wood-Ridge, NJ 07075
How to Request a Ride?
To request a ride call 201-939-4242 Ext. 4
Rides are available:
- Monday through Friday from 8am – 8pm
- Saturday from 8am – 5pm
- No Service on the following Holidays: New Year’s, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving & Christmas
What Does it Cost?
- Non-refundable membership fee: $15 per year
- Ride fee: based on Lyft or Uber rates + administrative fee: $2.50 per ride
What our users say about the EZ Ryde4Life Program:
“We don’t think of transportation as an ‘essential.’ Indeed, we don’t even think of how much transportation is an integral part of maintaining our independence. It enables seniors to maintain a sense of control. Access to EZ Ryde4Life Program gives one a sense of stability, a sense of empowerment. I could schedule rides quickly and get to my doctor’s appointments, the pharmacy, and the market. I don’t have to feel bad about relying on my family to help me. It gives me a sense of independence. I am in control of my transportation without being a burden on my family and friends. I want to thank EZ Ride and the Township of Montclair for offering this service, which I could otherwise not afford.” – Ellen
“Living in New Jersey does not come without challenges. “Things got a lot easier when my husband and I joined Ryde4Life. Thank God EZ Ryde4Life is around to get us back and forth at short notice. We try hard to keep active and moving, and we enjoy going out when we want to without bothering our family; now we can enjoy the spontaneous trip to the dollar store or ShopRite. The drivers are all very nice and helpful and I appreciate that they’re just a phone call away. ” – Geraldine
“As a senior and a low income resident, in addition to all the everyday expenses, I cannot afford to pay for transportation. I have bad knees and I can’t walk anymore to go places. Thanks to Essex County that sponsors the trips provided through the EZ Ryde4Life program I am more mobile and able to go out. It’s truly a blessing to me. I now can access food pantry, the supermarket, keep my doctor appointments or to visit an elderly 91-year-old relative. I am thankful to be part of this wonderful program.” – Louise
“I can’t drive anymore and I don’t have a car. During the pandemic I injured my shoulder and I was not sure how I would get to the doctor or to the physical therapy appointments three times per week. If it were not for the EZ Ryde4Life program through which the trips were paid by the township, I would still be sitting here with a sling on my arm. It’s been a total lifesaver. Living on a limited income and having access to transportations without worry about additional expenses has changed everything in my life. I have been able to get out and complete my physical therapy. It really saved my life.” – Helen
“I like the independence to come and go on my own without having to count on my family. My conversations with the drivers are always interesting and I feel that I am in good hands. I am pleased that I do not have to deal with paying the drivers and the folks at EZ Ride take care of the billing.” – Gloria
“In December 2018, after a stressful driving experience in inclement weather, I decided that driving alone was just not worth it. I have taken more than 50 rides in the last five months and spent over $600. Cost is a concern for me because of the large number of trips I take for my medical appointments.” – Harold
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is this program about?
EZ Ride offers transportation for older adults in partnership with Transportation Network Companies (TNC) like Lyft, which allows us to help more seniors with rides that can be requested in real time or scheduled in advance. Currently, the program offers rides to individuals over 18 years old throughout New Jersey and is offered all working days from 8 am to 8 pm and Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm.
- Riders do not need a smartphone.
- No advance reservation is required.
- Just call EZ Ride at 201-939-4242 Ext. 4 to request a ride.
What is Lyft/Uber?
Lyft and Uber are transportation providers similar to taxi cabs but they use mobile applications to connect riders to drivers. Typically, the cost for the transportation is less than taxi service and credit cards are required for payment.
Who is eligible to participate in this program?
Anyone over 18 years old who is a member of the program
What does it cost?
- Annual Membership fee: $15 + $2.50 administrative fee per ride.
- The cost of the ride. We will give you a quote prior to scheduling your ride.
Rates may vary based on the time of day.
What form of payment is accepted?
We accept all credit and debit cards from Mastercard and Visa.
How do I book a ride?
Just call us at 201-939-4242 Ext. 4 between the hours of 8 am – 8 pm on weekdays and between 8 am – 5 pm on Saturdays.
How long does it take to be picked up after the ride is authorized?
It depends on the drivers in the area, but it averages about 5-10 minutes.
Can I use the service more than once a day?
Yes, you can use it as many times as you would like.
Can I take the trip to the airport or New York?
Yes, you can use the service to travel anywhere within a 100-mile radius.
At this time we will provide trips to New York, but will not be able to schedule rides back from New York.
Please keep in mind, the further you go, the higher the fare.
All rides must originate in NJ so if we take you out of state; we will not be able to pick you up.
Can someone share the ride with me?
Yes, you can travel with up to three passengers at no additional charge, provided all passengers are picked up and dropped off at the same location.
How do I know what a ride will cost?
We will provide you with a quote for each ride that you request.
Do you provide rides in my area?
We provide rides in all areas served by Lyft in New Jersey.
Are pets allowed?
Drivers are required to transport service animals. If you will be traveling with a non-service animal, please let us know when you book the ride. All non-service animals should be in a crate.
Will drivers help passengers in and out of the car or with packages?
Yes, most drivers will help you with packages, walker or luggage.
Will I get the same driver?
It is possible, but not likely.
Will the driver come into the building when he arrives?
No, the driver will be waiting outside the building as close to the door as possible.
Does the driver wait if you are not there when he arrives?
The driver will usually wait for up to five minutes. You will be charged for the wait time and if it takes longer, they may mark you as a no-show.
How will the driver know I am the person to be picked up?
The driver will have your name and phone number and will confirm with you before you enter the vehicle.