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Letter to the editor: Ride service ITNPortland is a blessing for non-drivers and seniors

August 9, 2018

Written by: Patty Fortula-Kohn

The “golden years” are another road to travel on the journey of life. But on this venture we may encounter some roadblocks or detours. A major one is running into a health issue.

Some of us “golden agers,” because of a health issue, may have to retire from driving. When this decision is made, we immediately are consumed with fear. Fear of giving up our independence. How are we going to get to appointments, run our errands or just take a drive to the ocean?

For me, I never had a license because of an eye problem. My husband drove until he was diagnosed with a progressive neurological disorder that caused him to no longer be able to drive. The above questions became my reality. My friend told me about ITN (Independent Transportation Network). ITNPortland, located in Westbrook, offers rides to seniors and the visually impaired within a 15-mile radius of Portland at an affordable rate.

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AARP Age Friendly Communities recognizes ITNAmerica as it delivers one million rides

May 3, 2018

Posted on 04/27/2018 by Jane Margesson | AARP Maine

“WESTBROOK, Maine — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King will join the Independent Transportation Network of America (ITN) next week as the nonprofit celebrates providing its 1 millionth ride to older and visually challenged people.

ITN, which was founded in Portland, Maine, more than two decades ago, has since grown into a nationwide network that gives hundreds of rides every day to seniors in a dozen states coast-to-coast. Comprised of 13 affiliates, the network taps into community-level social capital, with affiliates pairing older and visually challenged riders with drivers and volunteers operating private vehicles.”

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Senators Collins, King Present Maine Senior Transportation Nonprofit with Congressional Resolution Commemorating One Millionth Ride

May 1, 2018

“Westbrook, ME – At an event at Independent Transportation Network of America’s (ITNAmerica) headquarters today celebrating the organization’s one millionth ride for seniors, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King presented Katherine Freund, the founder and president of ITNAmerica, with the text of a congressional resolution they authored commemorating this significant milestone. Their resolution was unanimously passed by the Senate last week. ”

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Senior ride service eyes Freeport route

January 14, 2014

Independent Transportation Network Portland, which facilitates low-cost transportation for seniors and visually impaired adults, may expand to Freeport.

Katherine Freund, who founded the organization, and Andy Bernstein, chairman of the board of directors, both said last week that the provider is considering an expansion of services. At present, ITNPortland serves 13 communities within a 15-mile distance from Portland – a distance that reaches only into the southern tip of Freeport.

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Trooper’s actions spark discussion on elderly drivers

October 11, 2012

The lack of alternate transportation is cited as one the biggest reasons seniors are reluctant to give up driving. ITN is the only program of its kind in the state and it operates only within a 15-mile radius of Portland.

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Expanding transportation alternatives for seniors and visually impaired

August 9, 2012

PORTLAND — ITNPortland, a local nonprofit, has received a $35,000 grant from the John T. Gorman Foundation to raise awareness of its transportation service by partnering with local houses of worship.

ITNPortland provides alternative transportation to seniors and the visually impaired 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for any purpose within 15 miles of Portland. These rides allow the recipient to enjoy the same independence and quality of life as if they had full time access to a car, while improving overall public safety.

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Letting go of the wheel

July 9, 2012

Jack Berman may not always know what he had for breakfast yesterday, but he knows he shouldn’t get behind the wheel.

“I could kill someone,” the 84-year-old said.

Berman is a Korean War veteran and one-time traffic engineer who helped install Portland’s first traffic lights. A few years ago, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and had to give up driving. It was his doctor’s decision, not his, but Berman recognizes that it was the right thing to do.

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Letters to the editor – There’s an option for aging drivers

July 6, 2012

On Friday , an 88-year-old Scarborough man was driving north in the southbound lanes of Interstate 295 in Portland. A state trooper quickly acted and set up a head-on crash to stop that driver. Two days earlier an 83-year-old South Portland man did a U-turn in Portland, killing a motorcyclist.

Both incidents could have been avoided if these drivers had chosen to stop driving and seek rides from ITNPortland, which provides affordable rides 24/7 for any purpose within 15 miles of Portland to seniors and the visually impaired.

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Sustainable privately funded transportation takes off in Port City

April 19, 2012

I’ve had those vision impaired driving moments when I knew all was not right, but I drove anyway. I could think of many good reasons why it was okay: I wasn’t going far. I knew the neighborhood like the back of my hand. I’m in a hurry. It will get better.

In my case, it was that unexpected icy frost on my windshield in the wee hours of the morning. I hadn’t budgeted extra time in my morning commute to scrape my window and warm up my car for optimum visibility conditions. So, off I drove, cocking my neck to peer through the little cleared patch on my windshield, wipers on full speed, and washer fluid going great guns, the defroster blast in hopes that the warm air will warm the car and melt the ice quickly, my teeth chatter from the cold — it will get better, I will see more clearly, soon enough.

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Ride milestone, ITNPortland is expected to offer its 250,000th ride to a lucky passenger this week.

April 9, 2012

A nonprofit service that offers inexpensive car rides to older or visually impaired Cumberland County residents is expected to hit a milestone this week.

ITNPortland is just a few rides away from offering its 250,000th ride.

ITNPortland is part of the 16-year-old Independent Transportation Network, or ITNAmerica, which started out as a graduate project at the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine. It has grown into a national transportation system for older people who want to stop driving without losing their independence.

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