USTAR (Upper Shore Take-A-Ride) is a rural transportation program operated by Upper Shore Aging, Inc., serving Kent, Talbot and Caroline counties, Maryland. It is the only multi-jurisdictional transportation enterprise operated in Maryland. USTAR supports the various programs of Upper Shore Aging, and directly provides for the transportation needs of the elderly and disabled persons of the service area, as well as the general public. The program also provides for the transportation needs of Medical Assistance clients, and coordinates services with other social service agencies. Due to the rural nature of the service area, USTAR is a Demand-Response transportation program: clients call a dispatcher and arrange to be picked up from their door. Service is subject to advance scheduling (at least 48 hours' notice). Contact Cary Malkus, Director of General Services, 410-758-6500, for special transportation projects/trips.
USTAR Fares: Senior Citizens/Disabled Persons: $.50 per day, if within the county; $2.50 per day, if outside the county (up to 50 miles round trip); $10.00 per day, outside the county and over 50 miles round trip. General Public: $1.00 per day, if within the county, $5.00 per day, if outside the county (up to 50 miles round trip), $20.00 per day, outside the county and over 50 miles round trip.
Local Numbers: Caroline County: 410-479-3867; Kent County: 410-778-5187; Talbot County: 410-822-4155