Transportation

By Personal Auto
Directions to the Bangs Center
The Amherst Senior Center is on the main floor of the Bangs Community Center on Boltwood Walk. At the intersection of Route 9 (College St.) and Route 116 (South Pleasant St.), proceed north through the traffic light where Pleasant Street crosses Main St. and becomes North Pleasant Street.

Continue north to the next light and turn right on Kellogg Avenue between the Post Office and the Unitarian Meeting House. Pass the first parking lot on your right and take the second right into Boltwood Walk, which is also an entrance to the new parking lot.

The main entrance to the Bangs Center is ahead on your left, and the Senior Center is up a half flight of stairs. You can also enter the Bangs Center from the other entrance to the new parking garage. Both entrances are equipped with automatic door openers.

Parking
The Senior Center has Senior Parking Stickers that can be purchased by Amherst Seniors who are 65 years of age or older for $25.00 a year. Parking is available up to four hours at a time in the Boltwood garage and in the twelve spaces against the fence east of the Ann Whalen Apartments at 33 Kellogg Avenue. Parking with the sticker is allowed between 8:00 am and 5 pm on weekdays. Otherwise the parking garage has parking at $0.50 per hour. Additional parking is located across North Pleasant Street behind the CVS pharmacy.

By Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA)
Regularly scheduled buses

UMass Transit operates the PVTA bus routes in the Amherst area. For fee information see the UMass Transit website.

Every route serving Amherst goes through the middle of downtown Amherst on North Pleasant Street. Get off in front of the Post Office (northbound) or St. Brigid’s Church (southbound). Walk down Kellogg Street to Boltwood Ave.

Schedules for all routes serving Amherst are available on the counter in the hallway next to the Senior Center entrance in Bangs Center or at Amherst public libraries. You can view schedules and other information at the UMass Transit site, by calling 413-586-5806.

PVTA Paratransit vans
Door-to-door transportation for people aged 60 and older is available Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm. To schedule trips, call 1-866-277-7741 or 413-739-7436 two to five days prior to the trip date. Van tickets can be purchased at the Senior Center Mondays through Fridays, 8:00 am-4:00 pm.

 PVTA ADA Paratransit vans
ADA Paratransit Service is for individuals with a disability (whether aged 60 and order or not) that prevents them from using the accessible fixes route bus. ADA rides can be booked seven days a week and holidays between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm.

If you require a Personal Care Attendant (PCA) that person rides for free. You may also bring one traveling companion who must have the pickup and drop off location as the paratransit rider. A companion pays the same fare as the paratransit traveler.

You must apply for ADA service and be determined eligible under the guidelines of the American with Disabilities Act. To apply for ADA service call Iris Lawrence at 1-413-732-6248 X 214 and leave your name and phone number and she will contact you for an appointment.

By Taxi Service
Licensed Amherst taxi businesses and their phone numbers are on the Town of Amherst website under Business/Permits & Licenses at the bottom of the page.