Posts Tagged ‘First Rides’

New transit system debuts Monday

August 14, 2012

Starting Monday, seniors and the visually impaired will have a new way to get around the Quad-Cities.

Independent Transportation Network (ITN) Quad Cities is a new nonprofit transportation system that will provide 24/7 service in Moline, East Moline, Rock Island, Davenport and Bettendorf.

ITNQuadCities is partnering with MetroLink and the Bi-State Regional Commission and has Riverbend Transit on its advisory board. “Together we’re all trying to put together a transit system to provide for people’s needs,” said executive director for ITNQuadCities Karen McCoy.

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Senior car service launches [ITNGreaterBoston]

February 6, 2012

Written by
John Ruch

…There was “no breaking a Champagne bottle over the hood of a car,” but the program is under way, said Dale Mitchell, a board member of ITNGreaterBoston, the new nonprofit offering the service.

The car service uses both volunteer and professional drivers in unmarked cars. The drivers escort the riders to and from the door of their pick-up and drop-off spots. Drivers are screened for criminal records. Riders pay an annual membership fee and a per-ride fee.

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September 21, 2010

WHAT: ITNLasVegasValley – Grand Opening 1st Ride Event
WHEN: Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 9:30 a.m
WHERE: Henderson Chamber of Commerce
590 S. Boulder Highway

ITNLasVegasValley is a new transportation program serving seniors 60+ and visually impaired adults living in Henderson and near-by neighborhoods. The service replicates private automobile ownership in that rides are in passenger cars (no vans or buses), they are available 24/7, and they can be taken any time, anywhere for any purpose, without restriction. The Grand Opening will celebrate inauguration of this new transportation service with the following highlights:

• Remarks by Katherine Freund, Founder of the Independent Transportation Network (ITN)®
• Remarks by Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen
• Ribbon Cutting with Henderson elected officials, Henderson Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, RTC General Manager Jacob Snow, ITNLasVegasValley corporate sponsors, Board of Directors and staff
• “Look Who’s Driving Now” celebrity ride provided by Mayor Hafen

ITNNorthCentralConnecticut celebrates first official ride

April 27, 2009

The First Ride Celebration for ITNNorthCentralConnecticut took place on April 27, 2009, with State Senator Jonathan Harris behind the wheel. “I am pleased to have played a part in helping to get ITN started, but the credit really goes to those on the ground who made it a reality,” Senator Harris told representatives from ITNAmerica, the State of Connecticut’s Commission on Aging, the Connecticut Chapter of AARP, and the Connecticut Department of Social Services Aging Services Division.

Senator Harris’ passenger and ITNNorthCentralConnecticut’s first rider was Jean Paterwic. Jean uses a walker, and she volunteers to prepare ITN mailings from her home. “I believe in ITNNorthCentralConnecticut, and I support what I believe in,” she said. “ITN can provide me with the door-through-door service that I need to get from my apartment to the car, and it will enhance my independence,” Paterwic added.

ITNNorthCentralConnecticut is now offering rides 24/7 to seniors and adults with visual impairments in Bloomfield, East Granby, East Windsor, Enfield, Granby, Somers, South Windsor, Suffield, Windsor and Windsor Locks. This alternative transportation program uses a combination of volunteer and paid drivers who provide rides in private vehicles. There is no restriction on the purpose of a ride, and help is offered to carry packages, fold walkers, and open doors. Members enjoy peace of mind knowing that a clean private car and safe, experienced driver are available to them around the clock, 365 days a year.

Funding for ITNNorthCentralConnecticut™ was provided in part by the State of Connecticut Department of Social Services Aging Services Division and by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

Communications Manager Lisa Holbrook, ITNAmerica, Executive Director Margaret Smith Hale, ITNNorthCentralConnecticut, Senator Jonathan Harris, First Rider Jean Paterwic Photo credit: Connecticut Commission on Aging Photo.

Senator Jonathan A. Harris delivered the First Ride.
Photo credit: Connecticut Commission on Aging Photo.

Harris Behind the Wheel for First Ride of ITNNorthCentralConnecticut

April 27, 2009


Monday April 27th was the official start of ITNNorthCentralCT which is now offering rides 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. State Senator Jonathan A. Harris (D-West Hartford), inaugurated ITN by taking Jean Paterwic on a ceremonial first ride at the Marilyn Michaelson Senior Center in Bloomfield.

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ITNSanDiego First Rides a Success!

January 6, 2009

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