The TRIPPS program takes a novel approach to helping seniors find and use alternatives to driving.
We start by publishing a resource guide of information on transportation options. However, we then take things a step further by recruiting, training, and supporting a number of community Transit Advisors. These volunteers act as peer mentors to help you weigh your options and decide which transportation mode to use when you are unable or choose not to drive.
If your questions can be answered over the phone, then that's just what we'll do. But if you need more support, then our Transit Advisors will work with you individually as you learn to use these new ways of getting around. For example, your Transit Advisor might accompany you on your first few trips on the T, on The RIDE, or using a ride-hailing app. This kind of personalized support can help you successfully add these tools to your transportation toolbox and eventually make a smooth transition from driver to passenger.
The "One Solution" Fantasy...
At TRIPPS, we know that everyone manages driving retirement differently. We are all too aware of the fact that no "one size fits all" solution exists to address the transportation needs of our diverse community of seniors.
- Do you use a wheelchair?
- Do you often travel with your pet?
- Do you need a medical escort to travel with you?
- Are you very mobile but low on funds for travel?
- Do you have plenty of money to spend on transportation but prefer not to share a ride with others?
Our Transit Advisors take a personal approach to taking into account your individual situation, resources, and needs when helping you consider all the options. We'll ask about where you want to go, when you want to go there, what special needs or requests you might have, and how much you have to spend on the trip.
Get in touch!
If you have any questions about transportation options available for seniors in greater Boston, or if you'd like to know more about our individual support program, please contact us!