The Independent Transportation Network® (ITN) is dignified. Older adults who join ITNSunCoast become dues-paying members of a non-profit organization committed to their independence and mobility. When they pick up the telephone to schedule a ride, they are not asking a favor. The transition from the driver’s seat to the passenger seat is never easy – for the drivers or for their families – but it is infinitely easier when there is a viable transportation alternative that keeps the older adult in control.
Beginning April 1, 2015 the cost of rides provided by ITNSarasota will be significantly reduced. For example, the pick-up charge will be lowered from $5.00 to $2.50 per ride and the mileage charge will go from $2.00 per mile to $1.50. This will result in a savings of 30% to 50% per ride depending upon the length of the ride.
The ITNSunCoast service is also consumer oriented. We provide excellent customer service with the arm-through-arm, door-through-door standard that sets us apart from taxis. Like using one’s own automobile, the ITNSunCoast service is available 24/7 and gives customers the flexibility to schedule their rides in advance or as needed, as well as the option to ride alone or with others, as they please, to destinations of their choice.
Characteristics of the Service
- Membership based – people 60 years and older or the visually impaired
- Community based affiliates are supported by private, rather than public resources
- Affordable fares that are typically lower than a comparable taxi ride
- Available 24/7 for any purpose
- Not “just a taxi” – drivers provide arm-through-arm, door-through-door service and help with packages
- No money is exchanged in the vehicle, and tips are not accepted
- Riders pre-fund a Personal Transportation Account™, and a monthly statement details all payments and charges
- Uses private automobiles, rather than vans or buses
- Rides may be booked at any time, with discounts for advance notice
- Riders may travel alone or with others, with discounts for shared rides
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