The Independent Transportation Network America (ITNAmerica) is a nonprofit membership organization that matches seniors with drivers. Based in Maine, ITN has affiliates in 28 markets. Approximately 4,000 seniors across the country pay an annual membership fee of about $50 to have 24/7 access to drivers and rides that are “arm through arm, door through door” at a rate far less costly than a taxi.
The local affiliates are standalone nonprofits, and many were established by a local Area Agency on Aging, or a local government office or department.
The website provides background information on the national organization, answers frequently asked questions, seeks donations and new affiliates, and provides useful statistics about seniors and driving.
ITNAmerica offers potential affiliates a “try before you buy” option to become “pre-affiliates.” This approach enables a local nonprofit or government department to experience first-hand the ITN approach, service and systems for providing seniors with access to rides 24/7.
The site itself includes sections on the background of the organization, ways to give money or time, current activities of the ITN organization and ways individuals can get involved. ITN is also currently developing a solution called ITNEverywhere for rural and smaller communities, which will provide rides for all ages, not just seniors.
How to Use
The ITNAmerica website is a good resource for local government officials and community planners dealing with the coming influx of older adults who should no longer be driving. While for-profit companies are popping up to address this market need, ITN is a nonprofit that could benefit from support from local community leaders.
View Web site: Independent Transportation Network America