Pioneering Program Offers Transportation Support to Newton Seniors

A new program called TRIPPS (Transportation Resources, Information, Planning, and Partnership for Seniors) provides education and support to Newton residents aged 60+ looking for alternatives to driving, due to age, ability, or individual choice.

Volunteer “Transit Advisors” (TAs) will help elders decide which transportation options to use when they’re unable or choose not to drive. TRIPPS is a grant-funded joint venture of the Newton and Brookline Councils on Aging.

The program is currently recruiting volunteers to provide administrative support and/or to be trained as TAs. Anyone interested in volunteering or in learning more is invited to contact Council on Aging Director Jayne Colino at 617-796-1671.

Kerri Ann Tester, a social worker who is the director of TRIPPS, will hold office hours in the conference room at the Newton Senior Center on Mondays from 12:30 to 2:30. Anyone seeking assistance with local transportation is welcome to stop in. Bring your lunch and your questions!