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It isn't difficult to know the answer to the senior transportation problem in America: older people need a ride, especially when they limit or stop driving.
The challenge is to provide that ride with all the dignity and independence older people deserve.
People outlive their ability to drive by many years. On average, men outlive driving by six years, women by ten. That is too long to be dependent on favors from family and friends.
ITN creates a safety net.
True mobility comes from a reliable alternative to the private automobile, and while it is possible for an entirely voluntary transportation system to provide that reliability, it is difficult. That is why ITN uses a combination of paid and volunteer drivers to guarantee a ride 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and to provide the kind of dependable service people need to be truly independent and safe.
Some seniors need extra help. That is why ITN volunteers and drivers provide door-through-door and arm-though-arm assistance. They carry packages, buckle seat belts, and open doors. All ITN volunteers and drivers are carefully screened and trained.
The Road Scholarship Program is available for low-income seniors. A simple application is available by calling the local ITN affiliate.
Americans prize independence. It's part of what makes us American, and it doesn't change with age. ITNAmerica understands that any alternative to the independence of the private automobile must come as close to this feeling of freedom as possible.
The Independent Transportation Network® is dignified. Older adults who join ITN become dues-paying members of a non-profit organization committed to their independence and mobility. When they pick up the telephone to schedule a ride, they are not asking a favor.
The transition from the driver's seat to the passenger seat is never easy – for the drivers or for their families – but it is infinitely easier when there is a viable transportation alternative that keeps the older adult in control.