I just learned about a new service for seniors who need transportation. And transportation is one of the major keys to independence. Some people cannot drive and become isolated. Some continue to drive even when they probably should not. This could be a viable solution for some seniors.
Fact: More than half of non-drivers 65 or older stay home on any given day partially because they lack transportation options.
The program is community based and community supported. There is an annual membership fee of $50 for an individual, and then you order a prepaid account card based on the estimated usage. They are estimating about $10 a ride.
Rides are available 24X 7 in private cars so it is like riding with a friend, not riding in a taxi. You do not pay cash, and you do not tip. Drivers are trained professionals. Anyone over the age of 60 is eligible. And if you are low-income they do have a few “Road Scholarships” available. Families and friends can also buy gift certificates that can be used for the rides.
Another alternative is that the senior can trade their car in for rides. (As well as receive a possible tax deduction.)
It is just starting here in Chicago so they currently only serve the north side.
For more information, visit their website at ITNChicago
On a complete side note, I decided to post a photo of the pothole(s) on Lake Shore Drive that cost me $400 after I ran over it. In this city at this time of the year, leaving the driving to someone else just to save on car maintenance would be worth it! Be careful when exiting south onto North Avenue…