ASLS understands that access to transportation is a key factor in facilitating senior independence within the Aiken community.
The Best Friend Express is Aiken County’s public transit service, making stops throughout 170 miles of Aiken's urbanized area. Alternatively, the Pony Express operates as ASLS's primary rural transportation service, providing individualized rides to people throughout Aiken County.
For those passengers who are unable to use the fixed-route Best Friend Express system, the Dial-A-Ride program, a demand-response program, can accommodate the specific needs of riders who are disabled. 5310 Urban Transportation is also available for seniors (age 60+), or disabled persons regardless of age, traveling within the “urbanized” area of Aiken County.
Best Friend Express
Best Friend Express buses run Monday through Friday, circulating throughout Aiken and North Augusta. There are designated stops every two hours from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., but passengers may “flag” down the driver whenever a bus is visible. There are three available routes. RED covers the south-side portion of Aiken,
GREEN covers the metro area and valley, and BLUE covers North Augusta and connects with Augusta Public Transit on Broad Street.
If you’re meeting a friend for lunch, shopping at the Aiken Mall, or taking a class at USC Aiken, you can depend on the Best Friend Express to get you around! The Best Friend Express is Aiken County’s public transit service featuring designated stops throughout 170 miles of Aiken’s urbanized area. Drivers will get any member of the general public to their destination quickly, affordably, and safely.
Best Friend express buses are comfortable “cut-aways” that carry up to 20 passengers. They are ADA compliant and feature wheelchair lift accessibility. They are also equipped with a bicycle rack for passengers. The fare is $2.00 exact change, one way. Discounts apply for students and seniors ($1.50), and the disabled ($1.00). Tickets may also be purchased in advance at the Aiken Senior Life Service office.
The Pony Express is a free transportation service that takes passengers living outside of the BFE service area to and from anywhere in Aiken County. Trips can be for shopping ventures, non-emergency medical trips, physical therapy sessions, hair salon appointments, and more. Its team of professional, reliable drivers will get you where you’re going, safely and on-time. The buses are ADA-compliant, comfortable, and equipped with wheelchair lifts for riders. All members of the general public are eligible to ride and there are no boarding fees.
The Dial-A-Ride program is a demand-response program that can accommodate the specific needs of riders who are disabled. Available Monday through Friday, this service offers more flexible scheduling, since passengers can be picked up at home and taken to a specific location. Our ADA-compliant vehicles are equipped with wheelchair lifts and securement devices for riders. The fare is $3.00, each way, and can be paid by cash or check (although ticket purchases are encouraged). Trips should be scheduled at least one day in advance. Eligibility for this program is made possible through the Lower Savannah Council of Governments.
Call Lower Savannah Council of Governments for more information.
5310 Urban Transportation
ASLS 5310 Urban Transportation is for those seniors (age 60+) – or any person with a disability at any age – traveling within the “urbanized” area of Aiken County. This service is available Monday – Friday and has a team of professional, reliable drivers who can get you where you’re going safely and on-time. Trips should be scheduled at least 3 days in advance.
Call Lower Savannah Council of Governments to schedule your pick-up and drop-off location and time.
Taking care of the public is what ASLS does best. All Best Friend & Pony Express buses are wiped down and disinfected daily with a non-toxic, anti-microbial spray that is EPA-approved. Face masks are provided for any passenger who boards without one.