Rides available for Fairfield seniors
Published 5:52 pm, Thursday, September 5, 2013
Getting around to medical appointments, shopping, or just going to see a movie can be difficult for seniors. They can learn about a transportation service that can get them where they need to go at a meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11 in the Fairfield Senior Center.
Speaking at the meeting will be a representative of ITNCoastalCT, an nonprofit group that offers what it calls "arm-through-arm, door to door dignified transportation." Riders are picked up by volunteer drivers who help them into the car and help them into their destination. Seniors can also take one-way rides or have drivers wait for them for a short time.
The transportation service costs $3.50 for pick up and $1.50 per mile fee. However, no money is exchanged in the vehicle and tips are not accepted. Riders establish an account with ITN ahead of time, and monthly statements are issued. Members are encouraged to keep a balance in the account to cover rides they expect to take each month.
The organization works by training and insuring volunteers to drive seniors. All drivers have background and DMV checks. A family member who volunteers to be a driver can earn points which can be used by a member of their family for future rides.
To reserve a space for the free presentation on the transportations service, call 203-256-3166 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Call a few days in advance to book a ride on the senior center bus at 203-256-3168. The center, 100 Mona Terrace, is handicapped accessible and free parking is available.