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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, 5311 Transportation 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.
ASLS Rural Transportation is a free service that takes passengers living outside of the "urbanized" area of Aiken County 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. Current clients must schedule trips at least 3 business days in advance. There are no boarding fees for this service.
The Dial-A-Ride program is a demand-response program that can accommodate the specific needs of riders who are disabled and live within/are traveling to places within 3/4 of a mile of the Best Friend Express route. 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.
To learn more about eligibility requirements and the application process or to schedule a ride please call the Aiken Senior Life Services Mobility Management Coordinator at (803) 648-5447 ext. 234.
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. Trips can be for shopping ventures, non-emergency medical trips, physical therapy sessions, and more. Its team of professional, reliable drivers can get you where you’re going safely and on time. Trips must be scheduled at least 3 business days in advance.
To schedule a ride with the 5310 Transportation call (803) 648-5447 ext. 234. Funding for this program is made possible through the Lower Savannah Council of Governments.
This program is currently suspended. We will update this page as soon as funding becomes available again.
Taking care of the public is what ASLS does best. All Best Friend & ASLS 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.