County Board Supervisor Van Wanggaard sent over information about ITNRacineCounty, which offers a taxi-like service for local seniors. The Racine County Board signed a contract with ITNAmerica in December to create the service.
To use the service, seniors need to pay a $40 membership fee ($50 for families) and a certain amount per ride. ITNRacineCounty's website says the average cost is $10 per ride, which includes a pickup charge and a mileage charge. Tipping is not allowed. Low income seniors can apply for scholarships to help cover the costs of the service.
The program relies on volunteers and corporate sponsorships to provide rides to seniors.
Wanggaard described the new service as an affordable way to expand local transportation options. Wanggaard writes:
While other elected officials are tossing around ideas for new transportation systems with multi-million dollar price tags attached, my colleagues and I on the County Board, County Executive Bill McReynolds, and the County Human Services Department proactively worked to implement a program that delivers a valuable service to seniors at a very small up-front cost to the taxpayers. I am proud that instead of saying “It can’t be done” or “It can only be done with a large tax increase,” we worked towards an affordable transportation solution that will transform quality of life for our county’s seniors.For more information about ITNRacineCounty, visit: www.itnracinecounty.org or call (262) 664-1640.