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ITNCoastlCT co-president Maybeth Wirz and Advisory Committee Member Stanley Nayer at the Concourse D’Elegance on September 18, 2011.

November 10, 2011


Maybeth Wirz and Advisory Committee Member Stanley Nayer at the Concourse D'Elegance on September 18, 2011

ITNCoastlCT co-president Maybeth Wirz and Advisory Committee Member Stanley Nayer at the Concourse D’Elegance on September 18, 2011.

ITNCoastalCT Celebrates 1,000th Ride for Seniors

September 16, 2011

ITNCoastalCT, which bills itself as a “dignified” transportation service for seniors, today held a celebration of the 1,000th ride offered by the program in Westport and five other nearby communities.

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July 12, 2011


Contact: Justine Gussen
Tel: 203/858/2001

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The Westport Rotary Club recently awarded a 2011 Community Partnership Grant to ITNCoastalCT, a dignified transportation service which provides rides to seniors 60+ and visually impaired adults in the six-town area of Westport, Weston, Wilton, Norwalk, Fairfield, and Easton.

Jenniann C. Barile (above left), Community Partnership Grant Committee Chairperson for The Westport Rotary Club recently congratulated Nancy McCormick, Executive Director of ITNCoastalCT on the grant award which was presented in May at the Inn at Longshore.

“It is only through community partnerships that ITNCoastalCT will become sustainable. Fully half the cost of each ride is made possible through community grants,” said McCormick.

The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community

If youʼd like more information about ITNCoastalCT, or to schedule an interview with Nancy McCormick, please call Justine Gussen at 203-858-2001 or email Justine at

ITNCoastalCT Named Finalist in Toyota 100 Cars for Good Program

July 7, 2011

Toyota to Donate Vehicle to Local Nonprofit Organizations Based on Public Votes

[WESTPORT, CT] – [July 5, 2011] – Westport-based organization, ITNCoastalCT is one of 500 finalists in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program, which will award vehicles to 100 nonprofit organizations based on votes from the public.

Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program showcases five non-profit organizations each day for 100 days on Toyota’s Facebook page, Visitors to the page can vote once a day for the organization that they feel is most deserving of a new Toyota vehicle.  ITNCoastalCT will be one of the five organizations highlighted for voting on July 15th.

Local residents are encouraged to support ITNCoastalCT and their quest for a new Toyota Prius. If ITNCoastalCT receives the most votes and is awarded the vehicle, it will be used to help deliver rides to seniors 60+ and visually impaired adults.

About ITNCoastalCT

ITNCoasatalCT is a dignified transportation service offered in the six communities of Easton, Fairfield, Weston, Westport, Wilton, and Norwalk. The service helps older adults 60+ and the visually impaired to remain in their homes with independence, retain their mobility and connection to the community, and to have a lifelong transportation plan while providing safe roads for everyone. Rides are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week  within the service area with no limitations on ride purpose. There is a Road Scholarship™ program for low-income riders. For more information on ITNCoastalCT, visit

About Toyota

Toyota (NYSE: TM) established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants, including one under construction.  Toyota directly employs nearly 30,000 in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than $18 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design.

Toyota is committed to being a good corporate citizen in the communities where it does business and believes in supporting programs with long-term sustainable results. Toyota supports numerous organizations across the country, focusing on education, the environment and safety. Since 1991, Toyota has contributed more than $500 million to philanthropic programs in the U.S.

For more information on Toyota’s commitment to improving communities nationwide, visit

Media Contact:
Justine Gussen

Senior car service drives into Westport

April 25, 2011

Patricia McCormack
Connecticut Post

Seven days a week, a Westport gentleman, 89, uses ITNCoastalCT, a new senior car service, to visit his wife of 63 years in the Carolton Skilled Nursing Home on Mill Plain Road in Fairfield.

Once a week, an elderly lady who also no longer drives uses ITN, which stands for Independent Transportation Network, to take her puppy to training school.

A woman in her 90s, meanwhile, used the service, which operates under a banner proclaiming: “Dignified Transportation for Seniors – Opening More Than Car Doors,” to pick up friends for a New Year’s Eve dinner party she was hosting at a restaurant.


Driving Miss Daisy — Or You

March 8, 2011

Dan Woog

It didn’t open with a burst of publicity. You won’t see its logo emblazoned on vans or buses.

But in its own quiet, clever way, ITNCoastalCT is revolutionizing Westport in that most mundane, important area of suburban life: driving.

The concept is spectacularly simple: People 60 or older (or those of any age with visual impairments) become members. By establishing a prepaid account — think E-Z Pass — they have access to a ride, in a private car, anywhere in Westport, Weston, Wilton, Norwalk, Fairfield and Easton.

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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.

Whose Heartfelt Tale Will Win $10,000?

January 27, 2011

Respecting and helping the elders is a tenet of most societies. And two entrants in the Close to My Heart contest certainly embody that attribute.

In Mary Ellen Busillo’s case, it’s her elderly parents who get her care and attention. “They’re very special to me,” she says, noting that they have been great role models for her three children. “They’re pretty much homebound, so I have to drive from Fairfield to Milford and back just about every other day,” says Busillo.

Read the full story in The Daily Fairfield.

Driving service aims to help seniors, visually impaired

November 18, 2010

On any given day, 3.6 million senior citizens don’t leave their homes, in part because they lack safe and reliable transportation.

In a local attempt to deal with that problem, a new driving service for adults over the age of 60 and the visually impaired is coming to Westport and surrounding communities this fall. The service, called ITNCoastalCT, or Independent Transportation Network, provides low cost, door-to-door service to many who would otherwise struggle to reach their destinations because they can no longer drive themselves.

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Grant will help Weston seniors catch a ride

September 28, 2010

Patricia Gay

Weston senior citizens looking for rides to medical appointments and other destinations will now have more options.

The United Way of Coastal Fairfield County has given a $25,000 grant to ITNCoastalCT (Independent Transportation Network), a local non-profit organization, to support “dignified transportation” for seniors and visually impaired adults in Westport, Weston, Norwalk, Fairfield, Wilton and Easton.

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