Tuesday, April 11th, 2017
Uber is not just for the tech savvy, younger generation anymore. A new transportation pilot-program, “Rides for Seniors” is being launched to help those 65 and older get to where they want to go, when they want to go –day or night– without the need of a smart phone.
Tri-Town 55+ Coalition is working with GoGoGrandparent, an on-demand transportation company based in California, to offer the “Rides for Seniors” pilot program in the towns of Chatham Borough, Chatham Township and Madison.
John Courthamel, President of the Tri-Town 55+ Coalition and member of the board of trustees of the Senior Services Center of the Chathams, says the goal of this pilot program is to serve seniors who no longer drive, either by choice or by necessity.
“Whether they use the service for appointments, errands or pleasure, we hope to enable them to feel less isolated and more independent,” he said.
“In these towns, where much of our focus and emphasis is on our children and youth, it is a pleasure to be part of this initiative which will certainly enhance the quality of life for our senior population,” says Victoria Fife, Chatham Borough Council President.
To participate, users and/or caregivers must register and establish an account with a major credit card through GoGoGrandparent’s secured 800 number. Riders can dial the 800 number to access a specially screened local driver from Uber/Lyft 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
To register: Call GoGoGrandparent at 1-855-464-6872 and follow the prompts or online at www.tritown55plus.org. A list of frequently asked questions about the program is also on the website.
The Tri-Town 55+ Coalition will subsidize each one-way trip, up to 15 miles, at a cost of only $5 to the rider. This geographical area includes three major local hospitals, many restaurants, retailers and entertainment venues such as the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown and the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn. Riders traveling beyond the 15-mile radius will be charged the standard GoGoGrandparent rate.
“The “Rides for Seniors” program will complement the bus transportation services offered by the senior centers with the convenience of having affordable transportation on-call,” says Pam Mansfield, Director of the Senior Services Center of the Chathams, a coalition partner.
Tri-Town 55+ Coalition, is a nonprofit community based organization that brings businesses, non-profit, public and quasi-public agencies together into partnership to address the quality of life and diverse needs and interests of older adults and their families in the communities of Chatham Borough, Chatham Township and Madison Borough.