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 our service area. Regardless of your mobility, WOTA can take you where you need to go as all of our vehicles are lift-equipped.

WOTA is funded by the Oakland County Transit Millage passed by votes in November, 2022.

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.

 

Announcements

Free Rides to Vote!

WOTA is providing free rides to vote.  Please call at least 2 days in advance to set up your ride.  We will take you to the township to pick up or drop off your absentee ballot, take you for early voting or on election day.  Regardless of how you like to vote, WOTA can get you there - and it's FREE!  You must be registered to ride with WOTA and this offer is for any election in 2024!

New for 2024!

WOTA has some exciting news!  Starting in January of 2024, we will be adding Saturday hours!  Now, you can get to work, shopping or lunch on Saturdays.

In June of 2024, we will be adding Sunday hours!

Great things are happening at WOTA!

Expanded Hours!

WOTA is please to announce that we have expanded our hours of operation to 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. Riders may take advantage of these hours for any reason.

Expanding to meet your needs!

General Public

WOTA is piloting a new program in Highland- transportation for anyone 18 or older. That's right...anyone can ride WOTA. The cost is $4 per stop and appointments must be made 3 days in advance.

Work, medical, shopping, whatever you need - WOTA can get you there! Register today to start riding January 2024.

Hours of Operation

Dispatch Hours:  8:00 am- 4:00 pm to make appointments

Driving Hours:

Monday to Friday  6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Saturday    8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sunday      Closed

 

WOTA Closures in 2024:

New Year's Day - January 1st

Presidents' Day - February 19th

Memorial Day - May 27th

Independence Day - July 4th

Labor Day - September 2nd

Veteran's Day - November 11th

Thanksgiving Day - November 28th

Christmas Eve Day - December 24th

Christmas Day - December 25th

New Year's Eve - December 31st

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.

Service Area

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The red outlined areas represent our service communities.

The black perimeter line outlines our driving boundaries.

The service area includes over 500 square miles with the following boundaries:

NORTH - Northern Border of Highland & White Lake Townships, and Clarkston.

EAST - Pontiac, down to Orchard Lake Rd between 12 & 16 Mile and Hiller Rd to Telegraph between Pontiac Lake and Williams Lake Roads.

WEST - US 23 (Hartland) and Kensington Rd and the west edge of Milford Township.

SOUTH - Grand River Ave to 10 Mile & Haggerty.

 

Holly Area Residents:  Due to the rural nature of your area, WOTA will also take you into Fenton, Grand Blanc and some areas in Flint based on need in addition to the original travel area of WOTA. Please contact our dispatch for additional information.

In order to provide everyone quality service WOTA will not go beyond these boundaries.

WOTA is Here to get You There.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Must be a resident of one of the following: Groveland, Highland, Holly, Rose, Waterford or White Lake Townships, Keego Harbor, Lake Angelus, Orchard Lake, Sylvan Lake, Village of Holly, or Walled Lake.
  2. Must be 55+, an adult with disabilities 18+, veteran or low income. Companion riders must be 18 but do not need to reside in the service area.
  3. Registration is required to use WOTA’s service and an application can be found on our Application to Ride tab. You must include proof of residency with your application and if you have a disability a professional verification form will also be required. For residents that do not qualify as senior or disabled, please complete this form.

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Cost

WOTA Riders

The cost for the service is a nominal fee of $2.00 ($4.00 for Highland General Population) for all one-way rides in our service area. Riders must have exact fare (our drivers do not carry change), check or pre-purchased punch card.  Punch cards are $20 for 10 one-way tickets plus, you receive 1 FREE ride!

Purchasing Punch Cards

Punch cards may be purchased by calling 248-887-4979, mailing a check to, or visiting the office at 250 W. Livingston Rd., Highland, MI 48357. Drivers also carry cards with them and accept check or exact cash amounts.

How to Reserve Your Spot

Hours for Scheduling a Ride:  Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4 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

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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

Board Meeting Schedule

Board meetings are monthly at our office or the Highland Township offices.

Check the About WOTA page for schedule updates and minutes.

All Board meetings are open to the public.

 

Office Address

WOTA Administrative Offices

250 W Livingston Road

Highland, MI 48357

(248) 887-4979

Admin Contacts

Kim Viener, Director
Amy Grzymkowski, Deputy Director
E-Mail: info@RideWOTA.org
Phone: (248) 887-4979

Ride with Pride

Ride with Pride is the 501(c)3 arm of WOTA.  Your donation to Ride with Pride may be tax deductible, please check with your tax specialist. Ride with Pride is committed to providing transportation to seniors and disabled adults in WOTA communities.

Check donations are accepted at the WOTA Offices or by our bus drivers.  Please make checks out to Ride With Pride.  A tax receipt will be mailed to you.