TRIPPS is excited to announce the release of the first edition of our Senior Transportation Resource Guide! The brand new guide includes profiles of over 30 options, including information on cost, hours, coverage areas, eligibility, accessibility, contact details, and much more. ...continue reading "Senior Transportation Resource Guide is now available!"
The MBTA's RIDE is partnering with Uber and Lyft to test ridesharing and see if it can provide a less expensive and more reliable way for some trips, during a one year pilot which began in Boston and a few neighboring communities.
In an evening presentation to the disability community on October 27th, 2016 and attended by three TRIPPS volunteers, the General Manager of Uber in Boston heard directly from riders. The event was organized by the Disability Law Center, the Boston Center for Independent Living and the Disability Policy Consortium.
The meeting was held as an open forum and individuals using rideshare described their experiences, both good and bad, to the Uber representative. Many riders expressed appreciation for the program and hoped that it would continue. It was duly noted, however, that the service is curb to curb, not door to door, like the RIDE. Some felt that the training of drivers was uneven and one of the most frequent concerns was that service dogs were not always welcomed by Uber drivers.
The Uber general manager pledged that he would investigate these riders' issues. He also said that Uber would continue to work with the MBTA to update the rideshare app and improve the program.
Want to take the TRIPPS Challenge by going with a group of like-minded, adventurous folks? Join us for one of our Field TRIPPS this fall!
On October 21st, our group of intrepid travelers will travel from both Newton and Brookline to Copley Square via the MBTA Green Line. We'll leave in the morning (after the rush hour dies down), join an Art and Architecture tour at the Boston Public Library, and explore the Friday Farmer's Market.
This fall, TRIPPS is offering seniors in Brookline and Newton an exciting challenge: pick a destination, and travel there in a way that is new to you!
The only rule is that you must make your trip without driving yourself. You can take the T, ride a bus, call The RIDE, catch a lift with a friend, walk, bike, hail a taxi, use a ride-hailing app, hire a driver… If you need ideas or any help planning your trip, send us an email or give your friendly neighborhood TRIPPS Transit Advisor a call at 617-730-2644. We are waiting to hear from you and are eager to help you take the Challenge. ...continue reading "Take the “TRIPPS Challenge” this fall!"
Please join TRIPPS on Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 at the West Suburban YMCA for the "Making Connections: Ways to Engage as We Age in Newton" gathering.
Transportation is available to and from this event. Call the Senior Center for more information at (617) 796-1660. ...continue reading "Making Connections: Ways to Engage as We Age in Newton"
This year’s "Living and Aging in Newton" series will kick off with a special event at which Mike Festa, Director of AARP Massachusetts, will present our city with a certificate that designates us as a member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, an affiliate of the World Health Organization Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Program. ...continue reading "Living and Aging in Newton Series, Fall 2016"
On August 2, 2016, On Point radio's Sascha Pfeiffer hosted an excellent 45-minute program entitled "Designing Communities For An Aging America." ...continue reading "On Point Radio program on Age-Friendly Urban Design"
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"
TRIPPS is helping to offer two reduced-fare Charlie Card events at local senior centers in November 2016. ...continue reading "Senior Charlie Card events at the Senior Center"