On Thursday “06880” reported that SafeRides — the student-led service that offers rides home for teenagers too impaired or otherwise unable to drive — has closed. Too few volunteers, and too much competition from Uber, were the major reasons.
Now another driving operation — this one for adults — may close too.
Since 2010, ITNCoastalCT has offered a simple but effective service: People 60 or older (or those of any age with visual impairments) become members. By establishing a prepaid account — think E-Z Pass — they have access to a ride, in a private car, anywhere in Westport, Weston, Wilton, Norwalk, Fairfield and Easton.
Drivers take riders any place, for any reason. The service is available 24/7/365. The cost of each ride is deducted from the account.
In less than 7 years, the group has provided more than 20,000 rides — and driven over 2 million miles.
However, financial difficulties may cause ITNCoastalCT to cease operations on September 1.
Katherine Freund — founder and president of the national ITN organization — will meet with local ITN members, volunteers and anyone else interested in saving the service this Wednesday (July 19, 11 a.m., Senior Center, 21 Imperial Avenue).
Meanwhile, ITNCoastalCT officials are seeking volunteers to serve on the board, drive, donate office space (the lease ends in August), and/or donate funds or a car.
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