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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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