WOTA has joined forces with Hospitality House and Open Door Outreach Center to deliver monthly food to residents in our coverage areas. If you are a client of either organizations and cannot get out, please contact us.

The Western Oakland Transportation Authority (WOTA) is a door-to-door, demand response, paratransit transportation service for resident seniors age 55+ and disabled adults age 18+ of Highland Township, Walled Lake, Waterford and White Lake with 12 lift-equipped vehicles. It's operated in partnership with SMART through the Community Transit program.

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/escorts.

If your community is not listed here, contact your Township or City office for further information.

Announcements

COVID-19 Vaccine - Free Rides

Great news!  WOTA is offering free rides to the residents of Highland, White Lake, Waterford and City of Walled Lake to get the COVID-19 vaccine.  Eligibility rules have been relaxed - anyone over 18 may ride with us for their vaccine.  Everyone who rides WOTA must be registered.  Register online or download the documents and mail to us.  Make your appointment to get your vaccine and let us get you there!

If you have questions or comments, please email them to: info@ridewota.org or call 248-887-4979.

COVID-19 Guidelines

With the COVID-19 situation, we are working to protect our riders and our drivers.  As a public transportation organization we are under TSA rules, therefore masks are still required regardless of vaccination status.  As soon as that changes, we will inform you.  Please review the new guidelines we have in place to keep us all healthy.

Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday  8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday    Closed

Sunday      Closed

 

WOTA IS CLOSED IN 2021 FOR THE FOLLOWING HOLIDAYS:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Jan 18

President's Day, February 15

Good Friday, April 2

Memorial Day, May 31

Observe Independence Day, July 5

Labor Day, Sept 6

Veteran's Day, Nov. 11

Thanksgiving and Friday, Nov. 25-26

Observe Christmas Eve and Day, Dec 23-24

Observe New Year's Eve and Day, Dec 30-31

 

WOTA is closed all Government Holidays.

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

WOTA New Map

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.

WOTA is Here to get You There.

Eligibility Requirements

Residents of Highland, Walled Lake, Waterford and White Lake must be 55+ or disabled adult 18+. 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.

Cost

The cost for the service is a nominal fee of $2.50 for all one-way rides in our service area. Riders must have exact fare, check or pre-purchased tickets. Tickets are available for $2.50 each or Buy 10 Get 1 Free Packs for $25 and can be purchased by calling 248-887-4979, mailing a check to, or visiting the office at 205 W. Livingston Rd., Highland, MI 48357. Drivers also carry ticket packets with them and can accept check or exact cash amounts.

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 4 hours in advance, or you will be charged $2.50 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

January-March 2021 meetings will be held:

3rd Wednesday of the month at 9:00 am

 

Remainder of the year, Board meetings will be every other month.

 

Check the About WOTA page for schedule updates and minutes.

Public is invited to all Board meetings.

 

Admin Contacts

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

Ride with Pride

Ride with Pride is the 501(c)3 arm of WOTA.  Your donations to Ride with Pride are tax deductible.  Ride with Pride is committed to providing transportation to seniors and disabled adults in the communities of Highland, Walled Lake, Waterford and White Lake.

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.