Commissioner R. Jack Cagle is pleased to provide day trips transportation services to Harris County Precinct 4 residents 50 and older. The goal for all Precinct 4 senior adults to participate in educational and recreational transportation at community and area events is met by a fleet of wheelchair equipped vehicles (up to four wheelchairs per vehicle).

Organized groups with members 50 and older that meet within the boundaries of Precinct 4 can register for day trips transportation with the Senior Adult Program by submitting a completed Senior Adult Trip Coordinator and Group Contact form(PDF). Church groups, civic associations, gardening clubs, and community service organizations are just some of the groups that are registered with the precinct’s transportation program.

Please review Precinct 4’s Transportation Policies, and direct all correspondence and communication relating to Precinct 4’s day trip transportation services to: Harris County Precinct 4
Senior Adult Program.

Trip Coordinator Training

Precinct 4 trip coordinators are required to take this training every 2-3 years. These meetings are also great for one-on-one interaction with other trip coordinators for travel ideas or as a refresher class!

Reservations are required. For more information or to make reservations, please call Precinct 4’s Senior Adult Program at 281-893-3726, ext. 2634.

2019 Meeting Schedule

Thursday, January 24 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Tomball Community Center, 221 West Market Street, Tomball 77375

Thursday, February 21 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
Lone Star College-Creekside Center, 8747 West New Harmony Trail, Tomball 77375

Thursday, March 28 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
Champion Forest Baptist Church-Jersey Village Campus, 16518 Jersey Drive, Jersey Village 77040

Monday, April 29 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Kingwood Community Center, 4102 Rustic Woods Drive, Kingwood 77345

Tuesday, May 21 from 1 pm. to 3 p.m.
Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, 1635 North Loop West, Houston 77008

Wednesday, June 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Big Stone Lodge, 709 Riley Fuzzel Road, Spring 77373

Thursday, September 26 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Lone Star College-Creekside Center, 8747 West New Harmony Trail, Tomball 77375

Tuesday, October 15 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Mangum-Howell Community Center, 2500 Frick Road, Houston 77038

Tuesday, November 12 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Kingwood Community Center, 4102 Rustic Woods Drive, Kingwood 77345

Reservations are required! For more information, please call
Harris County Precinct 4’s Senior Adult Program at 281-893-3726.

Trip Planning Guidelines

Each year, trip coordinators will be required to complete a new Trip Coordinator and Group Information Form. Trip Coordinators may reserve trips for November 2018 through April 2019 by following these steps:

1. Go to www.hcp4.net/community/sap

2. On the right side of the page Select Transportation Bus Reservations.

4. Complete the Transportation Bus Reservation Form, click review, then click SUBMIT to complete your request/s.

5. You will receive immediate confirmation that your request/s have been submitted. You can expect confirmation of the dates reserved within 7 – 10 business days after submitting the online requests. Always use the confirmation number from the final email when contacting the transportation department.

 

Each month, Trip Coordinators will be e-mailed a list from Fun4Seniors of remaining available dates to reserve extra buses for the reservation period.  Reservations for your travel group to have extra dates during the reservation cycle can be made by following the instructions above and submitting online.

Contact the Transportation Office at 281-893-3726 with any questions.

Precinct 4’s Senior Adult Program Fleet includes:

  • Two, 14-passenger shuttle bus
  • Five, 26-passenger mini buses with wheelchair lift
  • Six, 39-passenger buses with wheelchair lift

Note: Precinct 4’s vehicles are not equipped with rest rooms.

  • Detailed itineraries and plans for the trip must be arranged by the facility and submitted on the Trip Itinerary Form (TIF) to the Transportation Office at least 30 days prior to departure.
  • Each stop must be planned prior to the trip by the facility and listed on the TIF.
  • Confirm the maximum number of passengers planning to travel and the exact number of wheelchairs by calling the Transportation Office three to five working days before a trip. Please do not exceed the maximum number after you call.

A minimum of 10 passengers is required for the 26 passenger wheelchair lift buses. Trips with less than 10 passengers at the time of pick up will be canceled. A minimum of 20 passengers is required for the 39 passenger buses. Trips with less than 20 passengers at the time of pick up will be canceled.

Trip Reference Materials

Online Resources
www.tourtexas.com
Publications
Day Trips from Houston: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler
Carol Barrington, 12th ed., Globe Pequot Press, June 2008
Fun with the Family: Texas
Sharry Buckner, Allan C. Kimball, Sharry Buckner (Revised by), 6th ed., Globe Pequot Press, December 2006
Group Tour Guide
Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau
901 Bagby Street, First Floor
Houston, Texas 77002
713-437-5556 or 1-800-4HOUSTON
Houston Chronicle“Travel” section in Sunday editions
Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)
Travel Information Division
125 East 11th Street
Austin, Texas 78701
1-800-452-9292 or 1-800-888-8839
Website:www.dot.state.tx.us
Online requests for the free publications listed below, plus many others, can be made at:www.traveltex.com. The publications are also available at Texas Travel Information Centers:
Texas Highways Magazine
Texas Official Travel Map
Texas State Travel Guide
Texas Off the Beaten Path
June Naylor, 8th ed., GPP Travel, November 2008
Restaurant and rest stop locations with ample facilities and quick service:
Buc-ee’s: www.bucees.com
Burger King: www.bk.com
Jack in the Box: www.jackinthebox.com
McDonald’s: www.mcdonalds.com
WalMart: www.walmart.com
Wendy’s: www.wendys.com

Questions to Ask for a Successful Trip

While discussing reservations with a destination representative, always provide them with information/history about the group, i.e. average age of the group, physical limitations of passengers, etc.

The following questions will help plan the best possible trip for your group:

Important: Always ask for the very best accommodations for the group.

Where does the bus/driver drop off and pick up passengers?
• Is it close to the entrance?

Where does the bus park?
• Are there parking fees?

How much walking is required?
• Is the surface flat?
• What is the walking surface: paved, gravel, dirt, grass, etc.?

Is the facility at the destination wheelchair-accessible?

Is there a place to sit down and rest?
• If someone does not wish to take the tour, is there a place for them to wait for the group?

Are rest rooms easily accessible?

What is the duration of the entertainment, tour, activity, or event?
• How early should we arrive?
• When do the doors open?
• Will we have reserved seating?
• Is anything included, like refreshments?

Will you receive a written confirmation?

Will anyone meet us? If so, get the person’s name.

Is there something special to see or do at the destination: A “don’t miss” event?

What happens if it rains?
• Will the event be cancelled or rescheduled?
• Is there a canopy or portico where the passengers can exit and enter the vehicle in rainy weather?

Are there any fees, charges, etc?
• Any special or extra charges not included?
• Is there a senior adult discount?
• When is the money due?
• Is a deposit necessary to hold the tickets, reservations, etc?
• When is the final payment due?
• How should the check be made out?
• Will they accept a personal check?
• Do they need only one check?
• To whom and where do you send the money?
• Are there free tickets, meals, parking, etc.? For example, one free for 10 full paying; or one free for 15 full paying (ticket for bus driver)

Will they provide individual checks for meals?
• How much is the tax?
• Will the gratuity be included?
• Is the bus driver’s meal complimentary?

What is the cancellation or refund policy?

Always record the name of the person making the reservation and the date the reservation is made.