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ITN Press Releases

WANTED: Somerset County residents who need or can give a ride

December 19, 2014 - Online survey participants have until Jan. 31 to respond and will be entered into several drawings for $20 Giant Eagle gift card Somerset, Penn., Dec. 17, 2014 – We have extended the deadline on the Somerset County community mobility survey to Jan. 31, 2015, which means there is still a chance to win one of [...]

Car trade eases mind, reduces costs and helps the community

December 19, 2014 - A 95-year-old man who can no longer drive was thrilled when his daughter suggested trading his low-mileage Lexus for rides with ITNSarasota. SARASOTA, Fla. – Dec. 19, 2014 – Carol Sadler’s 95-year-old father has not driven for a few years, but his car has remained in his garage, incurring registration and insurance costs so that [...]

ITNCharlestonTrident and ITNLehighValley earn national recognition for volunteerism and excellence in operations

December 19, 2014 - Volunteer of the Year demonstrates commitment by donating nearly half of his $500 prize back to ITNAmerica. CHARLESTON, S.C. and BETHLEHEM, Penn. — Dec. 19, 2014 – ITNAmerica, the only national nonprofit providing dignified transportation for older and visually impaired people, is proud to announce the winners of its national annual awards for volunteerism and excellence [...]

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ITN in the Press

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.

Read the full article online here

Transportation is vital

December 31, 2014

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

Transportation is vital, Daily American, Somerset, PA

Letter to the Editor from Katherine Freund: Senior Transportation

December 17, 2014

I was pleased to see Len Kaye’s Dec. 9 BDN OpEd on senior transportation policy. Victor Hugo said, “Greater than the tread of mighty armies is an idea whose time has come.” Perhaps it is finally the time for sustainable senior transportation in Maine.

Twenty years ago, with help from the Southern Maine Agency on Aging and the Federal Transit Administration, we launched in greater Portland the Independent Transportation Network, a public private effort that created senior transportation sustained by reasonable fares from riders and diversified, voluntary local community support.

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New Transportation Service For Seniors Available In Memphis

December 12, 2014

Fox13 ITNMemphisYou don’t have to wait until Black Friday to find a deal for the seniors in your life. Fox 13′s Earle Farrell has just the thing.

I-T-N, the Independent Transportation Network is coming to Memphis.

No more taking off work to get parents or grandparents back and forth to doctor or hair appointments. ITNMemphis offers door to door service.

“It’s for seniors and the visually impaired. And in the Memphis area we’re defining seniors as people over 60. And anyone who is over 18, who’s visually impaired, it will take people in those categories anywhere they want to go 24/7,” says Pat Hickman, Operations Manager at ITN.

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Senior transportation service now operating in Memphis

December 12, 2014

In early 2011, an official with a fledgling nonprofit transportation organization in Memphis talked about a plan to provide rides for older people who don’t drive.

The organization, ITNMemphis, would offer them — as well as people with visual impairments — economical, around-the-clock transportation in a car, he said.

At the time, ITNMemphis had obtained a state charter, a sponsoring organization and was raising money. The optimistic official said the company planned what he called a soft opening in about four months.

That four months grew into years.

ITNMemphis finally had its opening last month and now is providing transportation for older non-drivers and the visually impaired.

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Sarasota: a model to provide seniors with dignified low-cost transportation

December 10, 2014

Effort started to provide volunteer-based transportation for seniors

November 20, 2014

Charlotte Melson

Charlotte Melson is looking for a few good drivers.

“There is a huge need for older adult transportation,” Melson, executive director of ITNGreaterKansasCity, said last week at an Independence Ministerial Alliance luncheon.

ITN, or the Independent Transportation Network, was started in Portland, Maine, in 1996, and has spread to 27 other cities. ITNGreaterKansasCity started last year in Lee’s Summit, and Melson, with an office at the Ennovation Center in Independence, is looking to expand in Independence next.

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