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Road Warrior: Volunteer ride service is in high demand in Bergen County

December 7, 2015
Gloria Reinish of Emerson with her driver, Mary Lyons Kim. Reinish has been teaching electrical engineering at Fairleigh Dickinson University for more than 50 years.

Gloria Reinish of Emerson with her driver, Mary Lyons Kim. Reinish has been teaching electrical engineering at Fairleigh Dickinson University for more than 50 years.

Almost everybody knows Bergen County’s senior population is huge, but nobody was certain that a recently launched low-cost, volunteer ride service designed specifically for the elderly and visually impaired would succeed. After all, Bergen is an affluent, densely populated county with taxis, commercial bus routes, municipal senior vans and a few local senior-ride programs — to say nothing of Uber and Lyft.

But last spring, nearly all doubt was erased when phones at ITN America’s new North Jersey affiliate in Wyckoff started ringing off the hook. By November, ridership topped 100 and weekly rides reached 105.

“We knew there was big demand here because so many seniors need rides, but this is amazing,” said John Boswick, the affiliate’s president and chief executive.

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Road Warrior: A transportation godsend for seniors and the blind

July 2, 2015
ITN North Jersey volunteer driver Elizabeth Brand, left, assisting Joanne Divney, a Wyckoff senior who cannot drive.

ITN North Jersey volunteer driver Elizabeth Brand, left, assisting Joanne Divney, a Wyckoff senior who cannot drive.

Although legally blind since her early 20s, 57-year-old Johanna Baccan now has a realistic opportunity to return to school to get her real-estate license.

“For the first time, I won’t have to rely on friends, family or expensive taxicabs to get me to school or any other place I want to go,” Baccan explained as she waited for a ride outside her Mahwah condo. “This is a very liberating moment for me.”

Liberation for her and many others may have arrived courtesy of a non-profit, grass-roots transportation service – ITNAmerica - that last month added North Jersey to its national network of neighborhood volunteers who provide low-cost, 24-hour rides to seniors and visually handicapped adults seven days a week.

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