Archive for January, 2015

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 book to ITNGreaterCincinnati. The book, Legendary Locals of Covington, profiles many well-known people important to the history of Covington. Some examples are Clay Wade Bailey, Doc Rusk, Mary Ellen Moore, Kenny Price, local artist Kevin T. Kelly, and many more. Schrage served as Assistant Director for the Northern Kentucky Area Development District for 27 years and has served in many community organizations, including being a volunteer driver for ITNGC. He is active in the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and has written several other books.

The mission of ITNGC is to provide seniors (60+) and visually impaired adults (18+) with a 24/7 transportation resource that is “arm-through-arm, door-through-door and helps you go where you want to go when you want to go.” This model empowers its non-driving members to regain control of their transportation decisions. ITNGC breaks down the isolation that comes when seniors surrender their keys, and gives visually impaired adults freedom to go beyond bus routes at a cost they can afford. ITNGC now offers rides in Ohio and Kentucky, with volunteers providing most of the rides.

Schrage understands this mission and recognizes ITNGC’s benefit to individuals as well as its contribution to business and to the community. You need only contact Schrage at bschrage10@gmail.com and mention that you are purchasing to benefit ITNGC and he will mail the book to you (FREE SHIPPING). The price is $21.99 + tax and Schrage will sign your copy of the book! In February, Covington will be celebrating its bi-centennial., What better way to celebrate than with a book about “legendary locals”!

About ITNGreaterCincinnati

ITNGC has been operating in the Greater Cincinnati area since May 2010. The Vision Coalition of Greater Cincinnati and the Deaconess Associations Foundation,brought ITNGC to the area to address a significant local need for transportation for older adults and visually impaired adults on both sides of the river. They coordinated their resources and together formed ITNGreaterCincinnati, a local affiliate of the national ITNAmerica non-profit organization. Now ITNGC serves residents within the I-275 loop in Kentucky and Ohio.

More information on how to become a volunteer driver can be obtained on the website, www.ITNGreaterCincinnati.org or by calling 859-441-8111 or 513-559-2200.

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.

Read the full article online here

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.

Read the full article online here

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.

Read the full article online here

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