Archive for February, 2011

Transportation Service Celebrates 10,000th Ride

February 28, 2011

ITNBluegrass, a transportation service for people 60 and older and sight-impaired people 18 and older, now has more than 10,000 rides under its belt and is trying some new programs.

The non-profit organization, which began transporting people in Fayette County in mid-2008, marked its 10,000th ride last week.


Program Helps Find A Ride For Senior Citizens

February 28, 2011

As baby boomers age, more of them will keep driving longer than their parents and fatal accidents rise dramatically as people get older. Giving up the car keys can be a difficult decisions…..and a local program could be the perfect solution. It offers a ride in a private car.

ITNGreaterCincinnati is available inside the I-275 loop to seniors and those who are visually impaired. You pay a $75 a year fee to sign up – then, there’s a fee for a card that offers credits, which are used for miles of transportation.

A family member can volunteer driving hours to others who need the service. Those hours can then be used as credits for their own loved ones.

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25,000th ITNCharlestonTrident Ride Celebration

February 28, 2011

Mr. Pryor provided Ms. Hunter a ride for a medical appointment in West Ashley in celebration of ITNCharlestonTrident’s 25,000 ride since its FIRST RIDE on Nov. 15, 2006.


Left to right: Mr. Pryor, Elizabeth Hunter, Terry Brown (ITNCharlestonTrident Chair-Board of Trustees and active Volunteer Driver)

ITNCharlestonTrident greatly appreciates the support provided by the City of Charleston enabling ITN to provide seniors and the visually impaired rides 24/7/365 with no ride purpose restrictions. Over the last 12 months volunteer drivers have provided 51% of all rides.

WE DID IT! (With Your Help!)
25,000th ITNCharlestonTrident Ride
Provided on Friday, February 25, 2011

February 25, 2011

1542 days after our FIRST RIDE on Nov. 15, 2006, when Volunteer Driver Phil Avery provided a ride to member rider Frieda Gearhart, we provided ride number 25,000 today.

Member rider Courtney Quattlebaum (picture attached) was provided our 25,000th ride by volunteer driver Olivia Rothschild. Mrs. Quattlebaum has been a regular rider with ITN for two years. Olivia is a student in a College of Charleston Gerontology Class and is providing rides this spring for ITN after choosing ITN as a project for credit in her class. Joining Mrs. Quattlebaum for the 25,000th ride were Terry Brown, Chair – ITN Board of Trustees and volunteer driver Phil Avery who provided the FIRST RIDE for ITN.

Joining in our 25,000th Ride Celebration, we are honored to have the following guest drivers, representing four of our community partners, provide our members with rides; Charleston County Council Chairman Teddie E. Pryor, Sr.; Town of Mount Pleasant Mayor Billy Swails; City of Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr; and City of North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey (picture attached). We thank these gentlemen for taking time out of their busy schedule to be part of our 25,000th Ride Celebration and for their ongoing support.

ITNCharlestonTrident would like to thank everyone who contributed in one way or another in helping ITNCharlestonTrident achieve this very significant milestone. We want to thank our great volunteers, our Board of Trustees, our community supporters and friends, our paid staff, ITNAmerica and, of course, our member riders. THANK YOU for believing in what we do and for supporting ITNCharlestonTrident from FIRST RIDE to the 25,000the ride and beyond.

Since our FIRST RIDE:

  • 549 residents in the lowcountry have utilized ITN’s dignified transportation program.
  • Over 75 different volunteers have provided safe, dependable and friendly rides to our member riders.
  • Gas has gone from $3 a gallon in August of 2006 to $2.18 at the time of our FIRST RIDE in November, 2006, and back to $3 plus for our 25,000 ride.
  • A total of 15 vehicles have been donated or traded to ITN for use by our paid drivers.
  • Volunteers have consistently provided over 50% of all rides beginning in 2010.
  • Current active volunteer drivers Phil Avery, Ginny and Dick Giffen, Terry Brown and Charlotte Anderson combined to provide our first 100 rides and they’re still going strong.

Thank you for setting the high standards we continue today.

ITN (Independent Transportation Network): “Opening More Than Car Doors”


Left to right: Olivia Rothschild (Volunteer Driver), Courtney Quattlebaum (Member Rider) and Terry Brown (Chair-Board of Trustees)


Left to right: Terry Brown (Board of Trustees), Julia Ham (Member Rider), Mayor Keith Summey (North Charleston)

Aging, Mobility, and the Model T: Approaches to Smart Community Transportation

February 24, 2011

Article by Katherine Freund and Jackie Vine
Published in Generations – Journal of the American Society on Aging

Sharing private vehicles may solve senior mobility issues.

To the surprise of many, the need for better mobility options was the third highest policy priority among fifty key issues at the 2005 White House Conference on Aging, placing ahead of Social Security and Medicare. Driving as a transportation issue placed forty-seventh (White House Conference on Aging, 2006).

By 2030, the population of adults ages 65 and older is expected to reach 71.5 million (U.S. Census Bureau, 2004). Excluding the 57 million estimated licensed drivers and the approximately 4 percent who will be living in nursing homes (U.S. Census Bureau, 2008), roughly 19 percent, or 13.9 million people, will need alternative transportation to continue living independently in 2030. This is a conservative estimate that does not include older drivers who will want alternative transportation as they self-limit driving and transition to the passenger seat.

Read the full article in Generations – Journal of the American Society on Aging

Seniors Drive Demand for Ride Services

February 22, 2011

David DesRoches
The Daily Norwalk

Elderly Weston residents should know Nancy McCormick. Since November, McCormick has managed operations for ITNCoastalCT, a Westport-based company that provides rides for seniors and people with visual impairments.

“The growth trajectory has been just incredible,” McCormick said at the Weston Senior Center. The organization saw its riders increase by nearly 1,000 percent after its first month and nearly tripled after the second month.

“We should keep building,” she added. “We’re seriously looking for people who want to volunteer to drive in our six town area.” ITNCoastalCT also serves Easton, Fairfield, Norwalk and Wilton. Weston and Norwalk are the towns most in need of volunteer drivers, McCormick said.

Read the full story in The Daily Norwalk.

Senior transportation non-profit ITNBluegrass™ will provide its 10,000th ride in Fayette County at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 22!

February 22, 2011

For Further Information Contact Gale Reece or Laura Dake at 859-252-8665

LEXINGTON, KY. (Monday, February 21, 2011)

ITNBluegrass (Independent Transportation Network), a non-profit service that provides 24/7 automobile transportation to people 60+ and adults with visual impairment, will deliver its 10,000th ride in Fayette County since beginning ride operations in September 2008! The rider is Ethel Tate, who will be picked up at 2 p.m. tomorrow at her home at Continental Towers and taken to a doctor’s visit at Central Baptist Hospital.

ITNBluegrass is changing the way people who have stopped or limited their driving live!

To date, about 40% of ITNBluegrass’ rides have been to medical facilities; 28% to consumer destinations, like grocery stores and hair salons; 12% to places of worship; and 11% to social and recreational events.

ITNBluegrass was the fourth local affiliate of national non-profit ITNAmerica®. There are now 18 affiliates across the United States. ITNBluegrass gives more rides than any affiliate except Portland, Maine, the most mature affiliate with 15 years of ride service.

ITNBluegrass provides safe, affordable transportation to seniors and adults with visual impairment anywhere in Fayette County for any reason. Riders join the service, open a Personal Transportation Account and begin riding. Volunteer drivers provide “arm-thru-arm, door-thru-door” service, helping with stairs and packages. As they drive, volunteers earn mileage reimbursement and/or transportation credits so they can plan for their own transportation future or help with someone else’s.

Older adults urgently need reliable and affordable transportation

February 18, 2011

TWIMC (To Whom It May Concern)

The Independent Transportation Network® (ITN®) began as a graduate school project at the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service in Portland, Maine. Inspired by personal experience when her son was hit by an 84-year old driver, ITN’s founder Katherine Freund realized that crashes are not the problem—they are the symptom. The problem is that the transportation system in the United States does not meet the mobility needs of normally aging people. Katherine reasoned that older people who do not have good transportation options cannot make safe transportation choices. She set out to solve the safety problem by addressing the underlying mobility problem. Throughout the two years she studied for her Masters degree in public policy, she looked at sustainable transportation for older people from every conceivable angle.

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Driver Services Could Prevent Elder-Related Accidents in California

February 18, 2011

Robert Reeves

Questions about the safety of elder motorists have always been more than a little touchy, and not just because these senior citizens value their mobility and independence. Safety experts will tell you that senior citizens should have their car keys taken away from them, when loved ones notice signs of impaired driving ability. But it is a rare senior who can give up his driving privileges without a fight. However, there may be other ways that elder motorists can continue to be independent and travel wherever they please on their own time, and yet continue to be safe.

The New York Times is reporting on the increasing popularity of elder driver services, which, for a fee, will agree to drive elderly motorists safely. The New York Times article specifically covers Independent Transportation Network, which provides rides for senior motorists.

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ITNGreaterCincinnati Winter 2011 Newsletter

February 18, 2011

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