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ADRC Transportation Program

The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Northwest Wisconsin provides non-emergency transportation to and from local and out of area medical appointments to individuals 60 years of age and older and disabled individuals of all ages, who reside in Burnett and Polk Counties. Transportation is coordinated through the ADRC of NW WI and rides are provided by volunteer drivers. Co-payments are charged to all riders, based on a reduced-rate fee. ADRC Transportation Program does not provide emergency transportation. Call 9-1-1 if you require emergency medical transportation and care.

Participants must be able to transfer into and out of the volunteer drivers vehicle with minimal assistance. We currently do not have a wheel chair accessible option for transportation. The volunteer driver program's primary focus is for medical trips but other types of trips will be considered on a case by case basis


Co-payments are based on the number of miles traveled by the volunteer driver starting from and ending at the volunteer driver's home. The Transportation Coordinator selects the available volunteer who is closest to the passenger's home toensure co-payments are as low as possible. Passengers are invoiced monthly based on the following rates:

Co-Payment: $0.27/mile

5 or More Appointments per Month: $0.14/mile

Trips to a VAMC (Minneapolis, St Cloud or Rice Lake): For veterans who receive travel pay, the cost is equal to the amount of travel pay they receive for that trip. For veterans who do not receive travel pay, the cost is $30 per roundtrip.

To Schedule a Ride:

Call the ADRC Transportation Reservation Line at 715-485-8592 or 877-485-2372 at least TWO BUSINESS DAYS prior to your appointment.

When you call please be prepared with the following appointment information:

  • Appointment date
  • Appointment time
  • Facility Name and Address

This information is required in order to enter your ride request in the dispatch program.

Once a driver has been assigned to your ride request, you will receive a call from the Transportation Coordinator. The volunteer driver assigned to the trip will contact the rider 24-48 hours prior to the trip to make final travel arrangements.

Transportation Program Use:

Medical appointments take precedence over other appointments or needs. We try to accommodate as many people as possible and understand there is a great need for public transportation to other locations outside of medical appointments. If we are able to find a driver willing to accommodate your transportation request we will accept ride requests outside of medical appointments.


The ADRC Van is used for socialization trips, shopping, errands and special events. This service is open to elderly and disabled individuals, living in the community, in Polk and Burnett Counties.

Trips for special events will be scheduled for each county. For the special trips our agency reserves the right to focus on the area of the county where there is the most interest and accommodate others as we are able. Local shopping/errand trips avaialble upon request. Call our office 5 days in advance to reserve a spot on the van for a special event or to schedule an individualized local shopping/errand trip. Please note for the individualized local shopping/errand trips we, the ADRC of NW WI, reserve the right to limit travel distance.

Click here for a printable flyer about the ADRC Van.

Details of the ADRC van service:

  • Co-payment of $1.00 per trip accepted at the time of service. Cash only please.
  • Local trips (in-town) to run errands available upon request.
  • Special event trips are scheduled and coordinated by the ADRC with special requests being considered as time and resources allow..
  • Trips will be advertised on the ADRC website and in The Voice.
  • Seats can be reserved by calling the ADRC 877-485-2372 at least 5 days in advance.


Van Schedule:

Local Shopping/Errand Trips

Transportation is available for local shopping and errands upon request. Contact the ADRC of Northwest Wisconsin at least 5 business days in advance to schedule the van. Please have a list of the locations you would like to shop at when you call to reserve your seat. Note: The ADRC of Northwest Wisconsin reserves the right to limit travel distance for individualized local shopping trips and this will be determined on a case by case basis.

The driver scheduled for your trip will call you the day before to let you know what time they will arrive at your house to pick you up.

Special Events

Find the county you live in to find out which local events you can attend on the van. If you wish to attend a different local event, please give us a call--the van might be available!

County You Live In Special Event

Date and Time of the Event

(Pick up and drop of times may vary from those listed below)

Polk County Amery Congregate Dining Meal

Thursday, March 8th, 11am-1pm

Polk County Stillwater Shopping Wednesday, March 14th, 9am-4pm
Polk County Wearin' o' the Green at the Northern Center for the Arts, Amery $5/person Saturday, March 17th, 7:30pm
Polk County Milltown Congregate Dining Meal Tuesday, March 20th, 11am-1pm
Polk County Como Park Conservatory Tuesday, March 27th, 9am-4pm
Polk County Maplewood Shopping Tuesday, April 3rd, 9am-4pm
Polk County Milltown Congregate Dining Meal Tuesday, April 10th, 11am-1pm
Polk County Church Basement Ladies at the Barron Spotlighters Community Theater, Barron. $14/person Sunday, April 15th, 2:30pm
Polk County Amery Congregate Dining Meal Tuesday, April 24th, 11am-1pm
Polk County An Evening of the Classic Favorites by the Northern Lakes Chamber Orchestra at the Northern Lakes Center for the Arts in Amery. $5/person Saturday, April 28th, 7:30pm
Burnett County Forte Folle Avoine Irish Dinner $25/person. Call 715-866-8890 for reservations by March 10th. Saturday, March 17th, 6-8pm
Burnett County Como Park Conservatory Thursday, March 22nd 9am-4pm
Burnett County Minnesota Convention Center Sports Show; $14/person Friday, March 23rd, 9am-4pm
Burnett County Pippin' at the Northern Star Theater Company in Rice Lake. $20/person. To purchase tickets ahead of time or with questions call 715-736-4444. Sunday, March 25th, 2pm show
Burnett County A&H Congregate Dining Meal Site Thursday, March 29th, 11am-1pm
Burnett County Birds and Beer: The Science of Bird Banding at the White Stage in Rice Lake, WI. $10/person if purchased in advance and $15/person at the door. Call 715-635-6543. Thursday, April 12th, 5:30pm
Burnett County Guys and Dolls at the Old Log Theater, Excelsior, MN. $30/person *This ride is full Wednesday, April 18th, 1:30pm
Burnett County Church Basement Ladies at the Barron Spotlighters Community Theater, Barron. $14/person Saturday, April 21st, 7:30pm
Burnett County Spring Senior Fair in Cambridge, MN. Free. Thursday, April 26th, 10am-1pm
Need help figuring out which dates you can use the van? Give the ADRC a call at 877-485-2372!


Please call the ADRC of NW WI at 877-485-2372 to reserve your seat today! Click here for a printable version of the schedule.




ADRC New Rider Information

If you are interested in using the ADRC's Transportation Program but have never received a ride before, there are a few things you must complete prior to submitting your first transportation request or reserving a seat on the ADRC van.

Elderly and Disabled Transportation Program:

Call the ADRC of Northwest Wisconsin at 715-485-8592 or 877-485-2372 at least 2 weeks in advance to ensure all paperwork is complete prior to when you'll need transportation assistance. You will be required to complete a demographic information form. This form can be downloaded by clicking here and helps the ADRC gather basic contact information as well as financial information to determine if you are able to pay the co-payment. Financial disclosure is an options, however, non disclosure will result in the full co-payments being charged according to the prices listed previously. Once you are entered and approved in the dispatch program you are eligible to make ride requests.

For ride policies and rules please read, Elderly and Disabled Transportation Program Policy-Participants.

The ADRC Accessible Van:

The demographic information required to use our ADRC van is less and can be completed over the phone when you call to reseve a seat on the van for a shopping/errand trip or special event. You can also click here to download the demographic form to print, complete, and send in to make that phone call quicker and easier!



Current ADRC Volunteer Drivers

The ADRC Transportation Program would not be possible without volunteer drivers. If you would like to know more about the ADRC Volunteer Driver Program please click here for the ADRC Transportation Brochure. More details are available on the Volunteer page.


Links and Forms for Current Volunteer Drivers

Assisted Rides Dispatch Program http://assistedrides.com


Driver Updates, News and Events

None at this time



Others Transportation Options

If the ADRC is unable accommodate your transportation needs please see other options available in Polk and Burnett Counties below.


Company, Contact # and Hours

Scheduling, Individual/Group, Car/Van/Bun and Notice Needed

MA Billable Private Pay Cost Service Area Consumers Served, Ambulatory/Non Amb., WC Accessible Acceptable Reason for Use

Badger Transportation

Weekday/Day time # 715-651-7174

Weekend/Nights # 715-434-4444

Rides: Monday-Saturday, anytime. May be able to accomodate Sunday ride needs with advance notice


Van (not wheel chair accesible--must be ambulatory)

24 hour notice minimum but the earlier the better


Yes. MA individuals eligible for the transportation benefit should go through MTM first.

$.50/unloaded mile (van comes from Rice Lake, WI)

$1.75/loaded mile

Cash or check due at the time of service

All over Wisconsin and Minnesota Anyone needing transportation assistance Any.

Burnett County Veterans Service Office


Rides: Mon-Thurs. Pick up times depend on earliest appointment.

Group Fixed Route. Pick up locations: Hertel, Siren, Falun and Grantsburg


3 Day Minimum

No. Veterans eligible for MA transportation benefits should use a provider who is able to bill MA. No out of pocket expense however, Veterans who qualify for travel pay must turn this over to the Program. Burnett County to VA Medical Center in Minneapolis

Burnett County Veterans Only

Ambulatory-a travel companion may ride along if there is room at no extra cost.

Non-emergency medical appointments at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis



Office: 8-3pm (or leave a message during other times)

Rides: Weekdays. Weekends and holidays case by case

Individual or group

Mini vans and small busses

48-72 hours; same day only if ride request fits into the day's schedule


Prices vary depending on ride request and if the ride can be scheduled into previously scheduled bus routes.

Local (within the county) Medical Appointment Trips=$55/trip

Out of area: Spooner, Eau Claire, Rice Lake, Hudson, Stillwater, Menomonie=call for a quote.

No credits cards

Polk and Burnett County and some out of area within the state-no rides to the Twin Cities available.

Polk and Burnett County residents with some barrier to providing their own transportation.

Ambulatory and Non Amb./WC Accessible vehicles available


Handi Lift


Office and Ride Hours: 5:30-5:30 Mon-Fri.


Vans and Cars

24-48 Hours

Yes. MA individuals eligible for the transportation benefit should go through MTM first. $48 round trip for first 5 miles. $1.47/loaded mile after. $10/hr wait Statewide and out of state transportation needs

General public including elderly and disabled.

Ambulatory and Non Amb./ WC Accessible vehicles available

Any. MA only covers non-emergency medical transportation needs.

HeartLand Transportation LLC



Accessible Vans

Asap. 3-4 days at least.

No. $29/trip plus $0.45/unloaded mile and $1.45/loaded mile. Statewide and out of state transportation needs

Open to all include elderly and disabled individuals.

Ambulatory and Non Amb.--WC Accessible

Any non emergency transportation need.

Interfaith Caregivers of Polk County


Office Hours: 9-4pm Mon-Fri.

Rides: Any time drivers are available


Volunteer driver vehicles

48 hours.

No. Donations accepted but not required Local rides within Polk County. Medical rides: New Richmond, Rice Lake, Stillwater, Wyoming and Maplewood. Where volunteer drivers are willing and able to go.

Polk County seniors (60+) and adults with disabilities

Ambulatory/Minimal Assistance


Interfaith Caregivers of Burnett County


Any time drivers are available


Volunteer driver vehicles

The more notice the better-only two volunteer drivers available

No. Donations accepted but not required Where volunteer drivers are willing and able to go.

Burnett County seniors (60+) and adults with disabilities

Ambulatory/Minimal Assistance



866-907-1493; health facilities call 866-907-1497

Take ride requests 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Rides: Weekdays Mon-Fri; Sat. pre-arranged


Volunteer vehicles and WC accessible vans when needed.

48 hours for routine trips

Urgent medical trips: MTM has 3 hours to coordinate transportation

Yes. Not every category of MA qualifies for transportation benefit-call to find out if eligible. Not available to private pay individuals Statewide and out of state medical transportation to health care facilities with a WI Medical Assistance agreement.

MA Transportation eligible individuals only.

Ambulatory and Non Ambulatory/WC Accessible vans available

Non-emergency medical and urgent (not emergency) medical. MTM must provide transp. for urgent rides within 3 hours of ride request.

MTM Mileage Reimbursement


Individuals who are able to drive and have a car but are unable to afford the gas may qualify for mileage reimbursement at $0.24/mile.

Must pre-arrange.

Yes. Not every category of MA qualifies-call to find out if you qualify. Not available to private pay individuals Statewide and out of state only to facilities with WI MA agreement MA Transportation eligible individuals who are able to provide own transportation (have a car and can physical drive it) but can't afford the cost. Medical transportation only.

New Freedom Transportation Voucher


Office: 8-4:30pm Mon-Fri.

Rides: Anytime

Voucher program is for individuals who have someone who can drive for them. Must have a temporary or permanent disability, or be frail elderly and have a transportation barrier No cost but vouchers available are limited. Polk and Burnett Counties (in addition to 16 other neighboring counties) Individuals with a temporary or permament disability, or frail elderly and have a transportation barrier Medical, educational, employment related and social events.

New Freedom Transportation Program


Office: 8-4:30pm Mon-Fri.

Rides: Weekdays, weekends and holidays


Volunteer driver vehicles

48 hours


$5.00/trip scheduled for administrative cost plus $0.57/mile roundtrip from volunteer drivers home and back.

$due at time of trip.

In area and our of area/state needs.

Burnett and Polk County (in addition to 16 other surrounding counties) residents with a disability or physical barrier to providing own transportation.

Ambulatory/Minimal assistance transferring

Non emergency medical, educational, employment related and social events.

Northwest Transportation Specialist


Office Hours: 7:30-5pm Mon-Fri.

Rides: Weekdays and Weekends on a case by case basis and planned ahead of time


Minivans-not WC accessible

As much notice as possible.

No. $15 base rate plus $1/mile after the first 5 miles and $0.50/mile unloaded after the first 15 miles. Vehicels usually at driver's home in the following areas: Spooner, Danbury, Luck, Webster, Turtle Lake, Milltown, Clayton and Amery (this can change). Siren, Amery and Hayward surrounding areas.

Northwest Journey clients and other community members if ride request fits in schedule.

Ambulatory/Minimal Assistance. Can bring companion to help with transferring or other assistance free of charge.


Greater Minnesota Van Service-Allina Medical Transporation


Office Hours: 7:30-4pm Mon-Fri.

Ride: Weekdays only.



48-72 Hours

No. $48 round trip from both Burnett Medical Center and SCRMC Pick up at SCRMC and BMC

Individuals with appointments at United Hospital and Abbott Northwestern Hospital.

Ambulatory-can bring travel companion to help with transferring and other needs at no extra charge.

Medical appointments at United and Abbott Northwestern hospitals

Amery Hospital and Clinic


Office and Ride: 8-4:30pm Mon-Fri

Individual or Group

Van-non WC accessible

As soon as possible-first come first serve

No. $2.00 donation requested but not required 15 mile radius of Amery Hospital and Clinic, Amery, WI

Patients needing transportation to Amery Hospital and Clinic (Amery, WI only), Wound Healing Center and Behavior Health


Non-emergency medical appointments.