Washoe Senior Ride

What is Washoe Senior Ride?

Washoe Senior Ride (WSR) is a program of discount vouchers (“Taxi Bucks”) that can be used to pay part of taxi fares and tips. WSR is a service of the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) and is funded by the Washoe County sales tax for public transportation.

Who is eligible?

  • Any Washoe County resident 60 years and older;
  • Any RTC ACCESS client (any age);
  • Any Washoe County Veterans (any age).

To enroll, apply in person at:

  • Washoe County Senior Services, 1155 East 9th Street, Reno. Phone 328-2575.

Bring a photo ID, proof of age and Washoe County residency, your current RTC ACCESS ID card, or your current Veterans ID card. If approved, you will receive a customer number that is required when purchasing Taxi Bucks.

What are Taxi Bucks?

Taxi Bucks are coupons that look like $1.00 or $5.00 traveler’s checks, with signature and counter signature. They can be used alone or in combination with cash to pay part or all of WSR participants’ cab fares and tips. Taxi Bucks cannot be shared and are not transferrable – they must be used by the purchaser.

Taxi Bucks are sold in books. The book value is $20 but WSR participants purchase the books for $5 (the other $15 is paid by sales tax funds through the RTC.)

Where to purchase Washoe Senior Ride Taxi Bucks?

  • From the RTC by mail using checks or money orders. Mail orders must include $1.00 for 1 or 2 books or $2.00 for 3 books per order for postage and handling. There is an order form in every book of Taxi Bucks. Send your order to PO Box 30002, Reno, NV 89520.
  • At Washoe County Senior Services, 1155 East Ninth Street in Reno.

How do I use Taxi Bucks?

Call the taxi companies directly to schedule your rides, or hail a cab as you usually do.   You can use Taxi Bucks to pay all or part of the fare and tip.   No change is given for Taxi Bucks

  • Example: the fare is $10.35 and the tip is $1.00.
    • You may pay with $10.00 in Taxi Bucks and $1.35 cash or any combination of Taxi Bucks and cash that equals $11.35.
  • Example: the fare is $10.35 and the tip is $1.00.
    • If you pay with $12.00 in Taxi Bucks (12 Taxi Bucks), you will not receive any change.

Sign each Taxi Buck at the time of use and expect taxicab drivers to check ID to verify that you are the Taxi Bucks purchaser.

Participating Taxi Companies:

  • Yellow Cab Co. – 355-3555
  • Reno/Sparks Cab Co. – 333-3333
  • Whittlesea Taxi Co. – 322-2222

What Else Should I Know?

  • Please be aware each Taxi Bucks ticket is pre-printed with an expiration date
  • Taxi Bucks are not valid on RTC RIDE and/or RTC ACCESS
  • Purchases are limited up to 3 books per person per month
  • No refunds for unused or expired Taxi Bucks
  • Anyone abusing the program will be barred from participating for 1 year
  • Taxi Bucks may only be used by the registered participants
  • Taxi Bucks cannot be shared or transferred

Questions? Call RTC Customer Service at 348-7433.