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.
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.
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.
Maine AARP Livable Communities
Town of Bowdoinham
Maine Community Foundation
Boothbay Harbor Rotary Club
ITNCountry imagines a day when all people will have access to transportation when they want it.
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