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.
After you make your trip, share your story with us by email or by calling 617-730-2644. Every senior who shares their story be entered in a raffle for prizes and recognitions--and you may even have your picture featured on our website! You will also receive a beautiful button saying, “I took the TRIPPS Challenge!” to help show your pride in having gone on an adventure and tried something new. Be sure to share your story with us by December 15th, 2016 in order to be entered in the raffle!
If you would like to join other seniors in taking the Challenge, join us at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 21st for our first of many “Field TRIPPS.” TRIPPS Volunteer and MBTA enthusiast Barbara Kean will help lead our group from both Newton Center and Coolidge Corner to Copley Square. There, we will join an Art & Architecture tour at the Boston Public Library and explore the fall farmer’s market. We will be back in Brookline and Newton around 1:00 p.m.
This event is free, but space is limited. Register in advance by calling 617-730-2644 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food for thought
For those of us who have fallen into “the driving habit,” take a moment to consider the wide variety of transportation options we are so fortunate to have in our area. When we’re used to driving, it’s easy for us to see only the negative aspects of those other options. The T can be crowded and experience delays. Walking exposes you to the elements and can be intimidating, sharing the road with cars and trucks. Ride-hailing and taxis can be so expensive and confusing. The list of objections goes on and on.
But just as we’ve learned to adjust to traffic jams, waiting at the mechanic, and writing checks for insurance, gas, loans, and repairs, we can learn--with time and practice--to adjust to the idiosyncrasies of using non-driving options. We can read a book, chat on the phone, or do a crossword puzzle while waiting for The RIDE. We can look at that $750 the average American spends on their car each month and think about how many convenient, door-to-door taxi rides that might buy. We can invest in a rain jacket and a pair of good shoes and enjoy the fresh air as we arrive at our destination right on time, because when we walk, we can predict almost exactly how long it will take us to get there, without having to factor in traffic and parking.
Here at TRIPPS, our refrain for this fall is “Challenge Accepted!” We can’t wait to hear your story.
To learn more about what TRIPPS can do for you, send us an email or give us a call at 617-730-2644!
Make it your own
Here are some ideas for ways you can take the TRIPPS Challenge in your own way.
- Do you normally drive to your place of worship? See if you might be able to carpool or catch a ride with someone else.
- Want to catch a flick? Brookline's Coolidge Corner Theatre is near the Green C line and the 66 MBTA bus line. The West Newton Cinema is right on the 553/554 bus line, which passes through Newton Corner, Newtonville, and Nonantum. Or treat yourself to a show at the posh Showcase Superluxe in Chestnut Hill--close to the MBTA D line, call a reasonably-priced driver, or reserve The RIDE.