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ITNGreaterCincinnati can cut seniors’ transportation costs in half

February 13, 2015 - Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky – February 13, 2015 - ITNGreaterCincinnati (ITNGC) not only offers affordable transportation to seniors and adults with vision impairments, we can also cut transportation costs in half for Read More »

ITNAmerica launches #sharearide: “make 2015 the year to give an older person a ride”

February 9, 2015 - The #sharearide social media challenge culminates into a Storybook Tour this summer, when ITN Founder will drive cross-country to gather stories for a book. February 9, 2015 – PORTLAND, Maine – Just in time for the holiday of Read More »

Book sales to benefit non-profit ITNGreaterCincinnati

January 28, 2015 - NORTHERN, KY – January 28, 2015 – ITNGreaterCincinnati (ITNGC) is pleased to announce that local author Robert Schrage, a resident of Dayton, KY has generously offered to donate a portion of the proceeds of the sale of his new Read More »

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WMFD: Program gets older adults and students on the road together

February 25, 2015

Beginning with the spring 2015 semester, college students enrolled in select classes at the University of Cincinnati have the opportunity to receive college credit for driving older adults in the community through a pilot project called Driving Community Connections. The Independent Transportation Network (ITN) of Greater Cincinnati has been incorporated into new and existing courses and will provide students with the ability to engage with Ohio’s elders, learn about the aging process and meet a need in their local community.

“I commend University of Cincinnati for embracing an innovative way to fill a key need in the community while also giving students an invaluable learning experience that they won’t find in any textbook,” said Bonnie K. Burman, Sc.D., director of the Ohio Department of Aging. “They will learn that generations are interdependent and that Ohio thrives when we support each other.”

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Cleveland Plain Dealer: University of Cincinnati students may receive credit for driving older adults

February 25, 2015

University of Cincinnati students will volunteer to drive older adults as part of a pilot program called Driving Community Connections.

CINCINNATI, Ohio – University of Cincinnati students may receive credit for driving older adults in a pilot project that will provide transportation to the elderly.

The university has partnered with the Independent Transportation Network of Greater Cincinnati for a program that may expand to other universities.

Cincinnati is the only city in Ohio currently in the network, in which volunteer drivers provide door-to-door services for adults who have paid dues to the non-profit organization.

The program, Driving Community Connections, is supported by the Ohio Department of Aging and the Ohio Board of Regents.

This semester, UC students who volunteer can take a one credit hour online elective course to learn more about the aging process. Ohio Department of Aging staff will participate in class webinars.

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Forbes: How The Story Of One 3-Year-Old Boy Started A Senior Mobility Movement

February 23, 2015

How The Story Of One 3-Year-Old Boy Started A Senior Mobility MovementWhen my son was 3 years old, he was run over by an 84-year-old driver who said he thought he hit a dog. That was 27 years ago, and even though Ryan survived a traumatic brain injury, for years, I refused to talk about it. But through the Independent Transportation Network, I have spent all of my working life since that day in 1988 trying to solve the underlying transportation problem that caused the tragedy: inadequate transportation for older people.

My family is far from the only family that’s suffered as a result of this problem; older drivers have the highest fatal crash rate of any group except teenagers. Since 3 out of 4 older Americans live in rural and suburban communities that lack the density for traditional mass transit, most have limited transportation options that could otherwise help keep them safe and mobile. And the problem grows steadily, as 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day for the next 17 years. By 2030, more than 70 million Americans will be aged 65 or older.

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Innovator Profile: Katherine Freund, ITNAmerica

February 12, 2015

Katherine Freund, Founder and President ITNAmericaIn 1988, Ms. Freund’s 3-year-old son was hit by a car and nearly killed. The driver was 84 years old. That event sparked an interest in transportation issues that led, in the mid-1990s, to the development of the Independent Transportation Network.

The program offers rides – round the clock, seven days a week – to older adults. Riders can trade in their cars and get credit for travel; volunteer drivers can bank their hours on the road to use later for themselves or family. Ms. Freund serves as founder and president of ITNAmerica, which has grown into a national organization. (From the Wall Street Journal)

The following is a lightly edited version of the Shared-Use Mobility Center’s conversation with Katherine Freund. In each issue of SUMC’s newsletter, we will profile a different shared mobility innovator.

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Katherine Freund: Imagining a Future in Which Older People Won’t Need to Drive

February 11, 2015

Her knees aren’t great. She uses a cane. She doesn’t walk as quickly as she used to. And the nearest bus stop is a couple of miles away. She promised her kids she wouldn’t drive. So what now?

Well, first things first: she gets out those reading glasses and puts on that thinking cap because it’s time to figure out the route. Red line? Blue line? Oh, there’s a quick underground connection. Run to catch it?

Um, no.

Oh, for Pete’s sake. Where are the car keys?

“Only about 2 1/2 percent of the trips that older people take in the entire country are on mass transportation of any kind,” says Katherine Freund, an advocate for improving transportation for elders.

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The Huffington Post: ‘Getting Around When You No Longer Drive’

January 16, 2015

Volunteer helpingDear Savvy Senior,
Where can I find out about alternative transportation options for my elderly mother? She needs to give up driving, but before she does, we need to figure out how she’ll get around.

–Searching Daughter

Dear Searching,
Alternative transportation services vary widely by community, so what’s available to your mom will depend on where she lives. Here’s what you should know.

Transportation Options
For starters it’s important to know that while most urban areas offer seniors a variety of transportation services, the options may be few to none for those living in the suburbs, small towns and rural areas. Alternative transportation is an essential link in helping seniors who no longer drive get to their doctor’s appointments, stores, social activities and more.

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Sun Post: “A sort of ‘Lyft’ for west metro seniors”

January 14, 2015

ITNTwin Cities’ mileage-based rides could fill the spot left by Five Cities Transportation

A little more than a year after Five Cities Transportation was shuttered due to a lack of available buses and concerns over high subsidy rates, a new transportation company could be poised to take over the service it left behind.

Independent Transportation Network Twin Cities, the state’s affiliate of national nonprofit ITNAmerica, offers a similar dial-a-ride service to residents of Crystal, Robbinsdale, New Hope and St. Anthony.

The network operates much like Lyft, the popular driving service that recently set up shop in the Twin Cities: instead of a bus or taxi system with paid drivers, which can be prohibitively costly, network drivers are trained volunteers who use their own cars, gas and insurance to drive riders anywhere in the metro area.

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The Daily Beast: “Is Uber’s Paratransit Service Anything But a PR Move?”

January 13, 2015

Is Uber’s Paratransit Service Anything But a PR Move?

Uber wants to take over San Francisco’s system of transport for disabled and elderly residents. Are they serious, or just trying to look better to the public?

Point to point transportation for anyone with a disability can be a challenge, and at the moment many rely on what are known as paratransit networks—accessible public transportation services. But that may change in the near future, thanks to another Silicon Valley disruption.

Uber, the popular app that helps users hail taxis and private cars, has been in talks with the San Francisco government to take over the city’s paratransit network, according to documents obtained by the San Francisco Examiner last week. Although the talks ultimately didn’t result in Uber doing business with San Francisco—the company was interested in taking over the city’s entire paratransit network—Uber’s foray into the public service does raise the issue of transportation network companies (TNCs) expanding into other niches.

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How seniors can get around when they can no longer drive

January 5, 2015

Dear Savvy Senior, Where can I find out about alternative transportation options for my elderly mother? She needs to give up driving, but before she does, we need to figure out how she’ll get around. — Searching Daughter

Dear Searching,

Alternative transportation services vary widely by community, so what’s available to your mom will depend on where she lives. Here’s what you should know.

For starters, most urban areas offer seniors a variety of transportation options, but the services might be few to none for those living in the suburbs, small towns and rural areas. Alternative transportation is an essential link in helping seniors who no longer drive to get to their doctor’s appointments, stores and social activities.

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Transportation is vital

December 31, 2014

Daily American, Somerset, Pa. Friday, December 26, 2014.

Transportation is vital, Daily American, Somerset, PA