Co-Founders Fran Smith and Nancy Sprague are pleased to announce the formation of ITNLasVegasValley™, providing transportation services for seniors and visually impaired adults.
Beginning in the City of Henderson, and ultimately operating valley-wide, ITNLasVegasValley will offer rides 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for any purpose and to any destination, using private cars, and arm-through-arm, door-through-door service. The organization is an affiliate of the national Independent Transportation Network (ITN®), a model originally developed in Portland, Maine.
ITNLasVegasValley joins 12 other affiliates of the national umbrella organization ITNAmerica, which is the first and only national non-profit transportation network for America’s aging population.
“While our affiliates are independent nonprofits, all members may tap into ITN’s national network,” said Katherine Freund, founder and Executive Director of ITNAmerica. A member in Chicago, for example, can ride with ITNSarasota while on vacation. Volunteers can earn mileage credits that they donate to help pay for rides for a loved one in any ITN community across the country.
“ITN is a unique solution to the complex problem of senior transportation,” said Nancy Sprague. “We were motivated by the two tragic accidents involving senior couples that drove off the parking deck of the Golden Nugget garage, as well as other frequent news stories of accidents caused by senior drivers.” Fran Smith added, “With ITNLasVegasValley, older people don’t need to stay at home, our communities are safer and more inclusive, and adult children don’t need to leave work to provide rides.”
Members, businesses, community organizations and volunteer drivers are critical to the success of the organization which plans to begin offering rides early next year. ITNLasVegasValley invites those interested in participating to call (702) 315-0463 or email info@ITNLasVegasValley.org. More information is available at www.ITNLasVegasValley.org.