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 us by an intrepid senior that once you're at the Amtrak station in Portland, it's about 3 miles from the station to downtown. For this leg of your journey, you have several options. ...continue reading "Local Transportation in Portland, Maine"
Unfortunately, customer service support has always been notoriously difficult to get from Uber. Now, by withdrawing from offering all help via phone or email, they've actually made it harder to get help when you need it. And it's even more difficult if you're not one of their registered customers. ...continue reading "Uber customer service says they’re “here to help”… but are they?"
A company called Busy Bee once provided low-cost or free medical transportation during business hours to seniors throughout Greater Boston. Unfortunately, last month, they announced that they were going out of business effective immediately. This announcement left many seniors struggling to get to their medical appointments.
Springwell is the Area Agency on Aging that covers Belmont, Brookline, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley, and Weston. They recently put together a plan to help support seniors who formerly would have relied on Busy Bee for medical transportation during the week. ...continue reading "Temporary program in place to support former Busy Bee customers in Greater Boston"
We have expanded, revised, and added information to the TRIPPS Resource Guide! Now you can find information about new ride-hailing apps like Safr and entries on connecting to the airport and trains, grocery store delivery services, and apps for tracking fixed route transit systems like the MBTA buses and trains. This robust print publication can be found in PDF form here.
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. ...continue reading "Transit smartphone app makes using the T a breeze"
We received a message recently from a senior who had been using the Uber smartphone app to hail rides around town. ...continue reading "Contacting customer service at Uber"
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 ID card is an official form of identity, signature, and age that is accepted anywhere that a driver's license is accepted as identification. You can use this ID to cash checks, collect mail at the post office, travel on airplanes, and everything else, the same as if you had a driver's license. ...continue reading "Massachusetts RMV identification cards"
This week is a scorcher in New England, with 90+ degree temperatures and dry air. Area heat advisories warn people to keep cool and avoid pushing themselves too much. ...continue reading "Feeling the heat? Get some relief!"
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 like Uber, Lyft, and Fasten.
Update: Complete video of this panel discussion is now available on YouTube!