WOTA continues to work with local food banks Hospitality House, Open Door Outreach Center and Community Sharing to assist residents in our coverage areas. If you need transportation help, please contact your social worker at your food bank for more information.
Western Oakland Transportation Authority (WOTA) is a door-to-door, demand response transportation service for resident seniors age 55+ and disabled adults age 18+ of Highland Township, Walled Lake, Waterford and White Lake. Regardless of your mobility, WOTA can take you where you need to go as all of our vehicles are lift-equipped.
Highland, Walled Lake, Waterford and White Lake residents wishing to schedule a ride can call WOTA at (248) 887-4979. All riders MUST complete WOTA registration forms. Visit the Application To Ride page for information. ALL riders must be registered, including all companions riders.
If your community is not listed here, contact your Township or City office for further information.
New Fare Pricing
WOTA is changing our fare structure. The rate will now be $2.00 per stop regardless of your origination or destination. For some this is a reduction in fares, for other communities this may be an increase. This will be an adjustment for everyone. To make it easier for you, if you have a rider card with the previous fares, we will replace your cards with new cards when you ride in February or March at no additional cost. The new cards are still $20 and will still include a free one way ride – the only difference is the number of rides per card.
As always, you may purchase rider cards through our WOTA office or through our drivers. WOTA accepts cash or check but we cannot give change.
Please note that WOTA follows government holidays but is providing minimal staff on some of the holidays: MLK Jr Day, Good Friday, Black Friday and Dec 26th. On those days, we will only be able to take medical and employment rides.
It's Michigan Weather
As we have seen our first major snow fall, it's important to remind you of our weather policy. As you can see to the right, we close based on the road conditions, not based on school closures.
When weather is inclement, we may choose to reduce the number and types of rides to just employment and medical. Your safety and that of our employees is paramount. If we must cancel your appointment we will do our best to get you a ride in the following days. Thank you for your patience.
Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WOTA Closures or Minimal Staff* in 2023:
Martin Luther King, Jr Day - Jan 16th (Minimally staffed)
Presidents' Day - February 20th (Closed)
Good Friday - April 7th (Minimally staffed)
Memorial Day - May 29th (Closed)
Independence Day - July 4th (Closed)
Labor Day - September 4th (Closed)
Veteran's Day - November 10th (Closed)
Thanksgiving Day - November 23rd Closed
Black Friday - November 24th (Minimally Staffed)
Christmas Day - December 25th Closed
December 26th - Minimally staffed
- Minimally staff will accommodate only rides for medical and employment.
Please check here for closures or reduced services due to inclement weather, hazardous road and State of Emergency conditions. WOTA Closings can also be found on our Facebook page and by calling the office at (248) 887-4979.
WOTA does not automatically close when the area schools are closed.
The red outlined areas represent our service communities.
The black perimeter line outlines our driving boundaries.
The service area includes approximately 290 square miles with the following boundaries:
NORTH - Northern Border of Highland & White Lake Townships, and Clarkston.
EAST - Orchard Lake Rd between 12 & 16 Mile and Hiller Rd to Telegraph between Pontiac Lake and Williams Lake Roads and into Pontiac for medical ONLY.
WEST - US 23 (Hartland) and Kensington Rd and the west edge of Milford Township.
SOUTH - Grand River Ave to 10 Mile & Haggerty.
In order to provide everyone quality service WOTA will not go beyond these boundaries.
How to Reserve Your Spot
Hours for Scheduling a Ride: Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
You must schedule rides at least 48 business hours in advance.
Voicemail is not available to schedule rides; you MUST speak to a Dispatcher.
When canceling, please call at least 2 hours in advance, or you will be charged $2.00 for a NO-SHOW. You can leave a message before or after hours.
For questions on the application process please call (248) 887-4979.
Work schedules can be sent in by email to: info@RideWOTA.org
PLEASE NOTE: WOTA WILL CLOSE OR REDUCE SERVICES TO MEDICAL AND WORK ONLY WHEN NECESSARY FOR INCLEMENT WEATHER OR DURING STATE OF EMERGENCY SAFETY CONDITIONS. PLEASE CHECK THE ANNOUNCEMENTS SECTION OR RECORDING FOR UPDATES