Transportation for rural and small communities.

Program Features

Small towns are good at taking care of their own. It’s part of rural life: neighbor helping neighbor, a close-knit sense of community. ITNCountry builds on this tradition, putting modern tools previously available only to metro areas into the hands of any town, city or region. With ITNCountry anyone can build a community-based transportation solution that connects vehicles, drivers and riders with businesses, healthcare providers and families. ITNCountry. Because your town is unique.
Go to on-line learning system

on-line learning system

ITNCountry communities gain access to ITN’s training portal and information exchange, our ride coordination software, administrative forms, logos, brand management, monthly communication templates and marketing materials as well as web presence.

Go to Uses ITNAmerica model

Uses ITNAmerica model

ITN’s innovative, award winning organizational model has been providing rides for more than two decades. ITNCountry communities will gain access to such ITN programs as CarTrade™, Transportation Social Security™, Ride & Shop™, Healthy Miles™, Ride Services, and Personal Transportation Accounts™.

Local solution with national support

ITNCountry plugs even small, remote communities into the ITN network, giving them access to a national system connecting families across geographic distances and leveraging broader sponsorship opportunities.

volunteers or paid staff

Rural transportation programs often run with little or no paid staff. ITNCountry is designed to allow your community to choose to run the program with only volunteers or with only paid staff, or with a combination of the two. Whatever your community chooses, ITNCountry can help you do it.

ITNAmerica is the first and only national non-profit transportation network for America’s aging population. ITN marries the power of information technology and the strength of local, grassroots support to create an efficient and financially sustainable solution to the transportation needs of seniors and their families. Now ITNCountry brings this successful solution to rural communities across the nation.

Rural communities face a conundrum: The same qualities that make them wonderful places to live—winding back roads, wide open spaces, night skies undarkened by streetlights—create tremendous difficulties for anyone without a personal vehicle. Mobility in rural America is no easy feat. There are few subways or bus services in most communities, and without a car, the only options may be asking a favor or finding a taxi, if there is one. Asking favors is often an exercise is swallowing your pride, and taxiacbs quickly grow expensive. People across the country struggle with how to get from place to place, and communities across the country struggle to figure out how to provide residents adequate transportation at a reasonable cost.
Rural and small communities are frequently rich in social capital, neighborliness, and can-do spirit.

Rural communities face a conundrum: The same qualities that make them wonderful places to live—winding back roads, wide open spaces, night skies undarkened by streetlights—create tremendous difficulties for anyone without a personal vehicle. Mobility in rural America is no easy feat. There are few subways or bus services in most communities, and without a car, the only options may be asking a favor or finding a taxi, if there is one. Asking favors is often an exercise is swallowing your pride, and taxiacbs quickly grow expensive. People across the country struggle with how to get from place to place, and communities across the country struggle to figure out how to provide residents adequate transportation at a reasonable cost.
In places like these, traditional transit solutions fall short. Trips are often infrequent and lengthy, making buses or rail projects impractical in addition to being unaffordable. Moreover, any transit solution for rural residents need to serve members of the community with special needs: older people, visually impaired people, people without access or ability to operate an automobile, many of whom need some form of assistance. That creates a challenge.
But rural communities have assets as well—small towns are frequently rich in social capital, neighborliness, and can-do spirit. These, paired with countless private vehicles sitting in driveways nationwide, can become the transportation solution your community has been looking for. ITNCountry can help.
ITNCountry is based on the ITN model, where transportation is provided by private automobiles 24 hours a day, for any purpose, through a combination of paid and volunteer drivers. Riders become members by opening Personal Transportation Accounts, which hold ride credits that can be earned in several ways—by driving, by trading in cars or by purchasing. Our innovative programs allow volunteer drivers to earn credits for their own future transportation needs, or people can trade cars they no longer drive to pay for rides. ITN is full of creative ways to increase the resources available to pay for transportation, and all of them are included in ITNCountry.

  • 10,000 Americans turn 70 every day, and will for the next 15 years; by 2030, the number of older Americans will double.

  • For the over 65 population, only 2% of trips are taken on public transport

  • 90% of trips are taken in a private automobile.

  • More than 20% of American household expenditures are for transportation. Transportation is the second highest household expenditure after housing.

Communities

Special thanks to these communities for their help developing the ITNCountry Online Learning System. If your community is interested in pilot testing ITNCountry, please contact morgan.jameson@itnamerica.org or call (207) 591-6945.

Maine AARP Livable Communities

State of Maine
AARPs Livable Communities program supports local, community-based efforts to increase livability. Livable communities are great places for all people.

Town of Bowdoinham

Bowdoinham, Maine
Bowdoinham is a rural town in Maine with a population of 2,889 people. Population density is 84 inhabitants per square mile.

Maine Community Foundation

State of Maine
The Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to improve the quality of life for all Maine people.

Boothbay Harbor Rotary Club

Boothbay Harbor, Maine
An integral part of Boothbay Harbor, Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united to make their community accessible to all citizens.

ITNCountry imagines a day when all people will have access to transportation when they want it.

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