Independent Transportation Network in Portland, Maine

The objective of this project is to develop a self-sustaining community-based transportation service for elderly persons without public subsidization. This project will enable the Independent Transportation Network to complete the deployment of the innovative Independent Transportation Network (ITN) in the Portland, Maine area. ITN is designed to be a financially self-sufficient transportation program, for the provision of transportation services for elderly citizens who can no longer safely drive their own automobiles. Designed to serve as a national model for communities planning for the specialized transportation needs of elderly citizens, ITN uses innovative methods to provide transportation services for elderly persons, including standard sedans and unique payment plans. In addition, the program uses integrated computerized management systems to manage all administrative tasks including coordinating volunteer drivers, ride planning & scheduling, and billing riders. ITS technologies are used to provide safer, more efficient and accessible transportation services that can be easily replicated in communities across the nation. The program uses standard sedans to match the convenience of a personal vehicle, and offers several non-traditional payment methods. ITN uses both paid and volunteer drivers to provide door-to-door service, seven days a week, 24 hours a day. With a cashless, pre-paid account system, seniors pay for their rides by the mile, earning discounts for advance planning and ridesharing.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This is a Congressionally Directed Project.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $494245.00
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    McKeown, Stewart

  • Performing Organizations:

    Independent Transportation Network

    90 Bridge Street
    Westbrook, ME  United States  04092
  • Principal Investigators:

    Freund, Katherine

  • Start Date: 20020300
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20030300
  • Source Data: RiP Project 8736

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01459016
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Federal Transit Administration
  • Contract Numbers: ME-26-7001
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 12:55PM