Daily American, Somerset, Pa. Friday, December 26, 2014.
Archive for the ‘ITNEverywhere’ Category
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.
SOMERSET, PA – Grass-roots organizers are envisioning county-wide ride sharing through an online network of screened volunteer drivers and screened riders, with church vans, public transportation and donated vehicles thrown into the mix.
The Somerset County steering committee members were joined by agency leaders and others to pack a conference room Wednesday as ITNAmerica founder and President Katherine Freund outlined her non-profit organization’s initiative to adapt its successful urban transportation model to rural areas.
Despite all the advances the United States has made since the first automobiles motored onto the nation’s roadways, the country still doesn’t have a good solution to a big — and growing — problem: lack of access to reliable transportation in rural areas.
That is, unless people start thinking differently about the transportation model itself and how it’s funded.
Katherine Freund, 64, of Portland still remembers the exact moment she realized how to make community-based transportation services viable for more people, especially older adults. It was 1989, when she was 39 …
Cattaraugus County and local transportation providers are working on a new transportation solution called ITNEverywhere. All interested residents, 18 years and older are invited to take a survey about personal transportation choices. The survey will be open throughout June.
ITNEverywhere is a transportation service for rural and small communities. It builds on the success of the Independent Transportation Network (ITN). ITN is a nationally recognized senior transportation service that has operated in greater Portland, Maine, for 15 years. Communities in Florida and Maine are also working on ITNEverywhere.
A national nonprofit that develops alternative transportation systems for elders is partnering with agencies in Ithaca to develop a similar for smaller cities and rural areas. Read the full story in the Ithaca Journal.
Transportation leaders from the Ithaca, NY area met last week to discuss the benefits of participating in ITNEverywhere, ITNAmerica’s proposed solution for transportation issues in rural and small communities. ITNAmerica staff led by Katherine Freund, the Founder of the ITN, joined the Ithaca-area transportation leaders via conference call. During the discussion about using of information technology to improve mobility, the Ithaca team asked how existing local system investments could be leveraged. Ms. Freund explained that one of the objectives of ITNEverywhere is to utilize local data, and that any community collaboration in this area would be welcomed.
The primary goal of ITNEverywhere is to develop a suite of transportation software programs to meet the needs of individual communities. The idea is to compliment current public transportation systems, as well as other community transportation resources.
As ITNAmerica continues to develop the ITNEverywhere model, communities in New York, Maine, and Florida are beginning to assess the community’s needs and how ITNEverywhere would fit.
For more information visit www.itnamerica.org.