Why We're Here
Everyone has places they need to go, things they have to do — the grocery store, medical appointments, trips to see friends. But for older people the ability to get places is curbed when the normal changes of aging impacts their safe driving. They may rely on friends, neighbors or family members for rides to fill the gap, but they often still find themselves caught without transportation. And asking favors quickly grows old. The loss of freedom that comes with letting go of the keys can take a heavy toll.
But at ITNAmerica, we believe no one should ever be trapped at home. We offer solutions. Because there is life after driving.
ITNAmerica promotes lifelong mobility for seniors. We support sustainable, community-based transportation by leading a national transportation network grounded in research, policy analysis and education.
The ITN model was born out of near disaster: When Katherine Freund's son was three he was seriously injured by an 84-year-old driver. The accident provoked Freund to react, but instead of lashing out at the driver she became angry at a system ill equipped to support aging residents. Crashes caused by older people were not the problem, Freund knew: They were the result of a transportation system incapable of meeting the needs of an aging population. So she decided to change the system.
Freund earned her master's degree in public policy, concentrating on transportation for older people from every conceivable angle. The ITN model grew out of that work. Soon she found herself focusing on and solving related problems of resources, logistics, technology and policy that all play critical roles in our transportation system. The result was the Independent Transportation Network. What began as one woman's mission has now become a sustainable transportation solution, an antidote for a growing national problem, a lesson in social entrepreneurship and innovation, and an example of what one woman can do if she puts her mind to it.
The Independent Transportation Network of America now comprises 13 ITN affiliates in 12 states, a nationwide consortium of Trusted Transportation Partners, the Rides in Sight database, the largest and best listing of senior transportation service providers anywhere, and the new ITNCountry program, which makes the ITN model accessible to every community in the country.
Katherine's son Ryan today.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Founder and President
David F. Melton
Richard F. Pain
Carl R. Augusto
Susan Herbel, PhD
Chair of the Affiliate Community Board
COUNCIL OF ADVISORS
Norman Y. Mineta
Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation
Samuel A. Ladd, III
President, Southern Maine Division, People's United Bank
CEO, Goodwill Industries of Northern New England
David Warren, JD
President, Tranzon, LLC
Larry Israelite, PhD
AARP Maine State Director