I say that this is the ideal, because, as mentioned above, the family isn’t always available to drive the elder, and public options are limited. As a nation, we need to think through senior transportation. In the process, we will also make dependence on personal transportation less necessary for millions of poor and disabled people, as well as those who wish to be environmentally responsible by driving their cars less.
One rural Minnesota community has found a viable solution to this issue through the non-profit agency Productive Alternatives, Inc. PA is dedicated to providing diverse human services, one of which is a transit service especially helpful to seniors and people with disabilities. As with many organizations in large metro areas, PA’s transit arm asks that people call a couple of days in advance to schedule a ride, however they do have some flexibility, and often can offer a ride on the spur of the moment. More rural areas need to look at these options.
I wish Transportation for America well in their efforts to raise awareness of the lack of options in most of the U.S. for those who shouldn’t drive. Awareness can often lead to competitive options that will help our entire population cope with high gas prices, environmental damage and inconvenience.