Traveling Tips & Advice

  • Air & Rail Connections - Getting to Logan Airport, North, or South Station for a longer trip by train or airplane can be stressful, and parking for an extended time can be prohibitively expensive. Leave your car at home, and start your trip in a more relaxing way! Logan Airport https://www.massport.com/logan-airport/ There are many options ... READ MORE
  • Contacting customer service at Uber - We received a message recently from a senior who had been using the Uber smartphone app to hail rides around town. Dear TRIPPS, I have a $5 charge for a canceled trip. I would like to request that this $5 charge be removed from my account. I tried today to use Uber. ... READ MORE
  • Driving Skills Assessment Programs - A driving skills assessment generally includes meetings with a social worker, occupational therapist, physical therapist, and/or certified driving instructor. Following these meetings, the driver will receive a formal assessment along with any relevant recommendations for making driving safer. Driving skills assessment programs are available to anyone who is concerned about ... READ MORE
  • Having “The Conversation” about driving safety: a free online resource - Are you concerned about the safety of a loved one's driving? Perhaps you are you having a hard time starting or having a serious conversation with your loved one about your concerns? AAA Northeast now offers a free online tool that might help you. This online video offers advice on how to... ... READ MORE
  • http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/portals/17/Images/travelFacts/pie1.png How many of our neighbors in Greater Boston don’t drive? - We received an email recently asking for some data: Dear TRIPPS, I would like to know the percentage (and number) of non-driving residents in Greater Boston. Can you help? Now, we don't compile numbers on this, although organizations like Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance or MassDOT do. However, we took a stab ... READ MORE
  • How to get a disability placard or plate in Massachusetts - If you have a disability, it can be difficult for you to get to the places that you need to go on a day-to-day basis. Luckily, the Massachusetts RMV is able to issue temporary and permanent disability parking placards and plates to reduce the transportation barriers people with disabilities have ... READ MORE
  • How to Get an MBTA Reduced Fare Senior Charlie Card - If you're a Massachusetts resident aged 65 or older, you're eligible for a reduced fare MBTA Charlie Card. Please note! If you need help with your MBTA reduced fare Charlie Card or have questions about these cards, please call the MBTA at (617) 222-3200. At the prompts, press... 1 for ... READ MORE
  • Is the cost of driving worth it for you? - Being faced with the reality that you need to give up driving is difficult to accept. Having a car provides people with the luxury of getting places on their own time, without having to abide by public transit routes that may not even take them exactly where they need to ... READ MORE
  • Hay Building, Portland Maine Local Transportation in Portland, Maine - Those of you who came to our fabulous Ice Cream Social in June will remember our discussion of the many car-free day trips available to seniors from Brookline (MA). One of the many exciting trips we discussed was taking the Amtrak Downeaster to Maine. It's since been pointed out to ... READ MORE
  • Massachusetts RMV identification cards - Are you worried that giving up your driver's license will leave you without legal identification?  Fear not! Seniors who do not have a Massachusetts driver's license can get a Massachusetts ID card from the Registry of Motor Vehicles. Massachusetts ID cards look similar to driver's licenses; however, they do not extend any driving privileges. This ... READ MORE
  • Smartphones for Seniors! - My colleagues and I teach seniors how to use rideshare services like Uber and Lyft. I grew up in a town where there was no bus service or taxi service. It also lacked for bike lanes or sidewalks. If you did not have a car, you had no mobility. That’s ... READ MORE
  • Transfers with Senior / Reduced Fare Charlie Cards - We've often been asked about transfers when using a Senior or Reduced Fare Charlie Card. A transfer is when you change from one vehicle to another, such as taking a bus north to the subway, then taking the subway east to your destination. Please note! If you need help with ... READ MORE
  • Transit smartphone app makes using the T a breeze - Dozens of MBTA apps are available out there for commuters and passengers. But now, only one — the aptly named Transit App — has the Massachusetts public transportation agency's official endorsement. The Transit app utilizes the T's open real-time data, featuring upcoming departure times for all nearby transit, as well as a ... READ MORE
  • Travel Training (a.k.a. Travel Instruction or Transit Training) - Travel instruction is a new and growing profession and practice. Travel trainers teach people skills and provide them with information they need to use fixed-route public transit safely and independently. Training usually involves a classroom component followed by hands-on practice. This practice might take place in either a simulated environment ... READ MORE
  • What are some non-driving transportation options for seniors? - On June 16th, 2016, five panelists gathered at the Brookline Senior Center to share with the public their expertise and experienced getting around without driving. The panelists all use a combination of various options, including walking, cycling, taking the T, riding the bus, using The RIDE, and using ride-hailing apps ... READ MORE
  • What is “Driving Retirement”? - "Driving retirement” is similar to retirement from work or any other life transition. Change is always hard, and each change brings with it its own set of not only challenges, but also rewards. Boston area seniors who are in the process of retiring from driving truly can be offered a ... READ MORE
  • Why Not To Drive, Reason #1: Money - About a year ago, AAA came out with a study on the total cost of owning and operating a car. They found that the average driver in America would spend $8,698 over the course of a year, or $725 per month. Their calculations include the following expenses: Fuel Insurance Taxes, ... READ MORE
  • Why Not to Drive: Our Top 10 Reasons - This ongoing series will examine some of the most important reasons you might want to cut back on driving or even choose to avoid driving entirely. Our top ten reasons are: Money Stress Ability Safety Enjoyment Effort Inactivity The environment Time Lifestyle If you have your own reasons for not driving, ... READ MORE