Some older people living in retirement homes or assisted living facilities may have given up their cars but a new ride service aims to help older residents stay mobile in St. Charles County, Missouri.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the ride program takes seniors straight from their home to their desired destination for a $75 membership fee and cost of $1.50 per mile for each trip.
Older residents can request rides via the Independent Transportation Network 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to anywhere in the city's vicinity.
While the price may seem steep, the news provider reports that some may be eligible for trip credits if they choose to donate their old vehicles to the program.
Similar systems are already in place in other cities such as Santa Monica, Orlando and Charleston, South Carolina, and the St. Charles County scheme was inspired by its sister service in Portland, Maine.
For example, according to the Roanoke Times, Eastern Montgomery County implemented its own safe ride system as a non-profit team were concerned that older residents were having trouble affording transportation.
EastMont Transport takes residents to health appointments, shopping centers and over to the local library.