Toyota, AARP partner to facilitate transportation for older adults in Washtenaw County

ANN ARBOR – AARP has expanded its AARP Ride @ 50+ ℠ program to Washtenaw County with support from Toyota.

The program developed by AARP Driver Safety helps seniors access public and private transport services in the area in one place.

The program now also offers free rides to and from COVID-19 vaccination clinics for Washtenaw County residents who call 1-800-466-1461 and use the code Vaccinate Washtenaw. Reservations for important trips can be made through the program’s call center and website.

Free rides are limited and are given based on availability. Drivers must provide pickup and drop-off locations in Washtenaw County to qualify for free drives made possible by an Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation scholarship.

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“Technology is changing the way we get around. However, many older adults are unfamiliar with the use of these newer technologies, ”said Kyle Rakow, vice president and national director of AARP Driver Safety, in a press release.

“By arming older adults with knowledge and introducing this innovative and accessible transportation platform, we aim to make it easier for Washtenaw residents to get around.”

The AARP Ride @ 50+ program offers an online booking platform, mobile application and call center and is designed to make it easier to check, book and pay for important trips to the grocery store, pharmacy or medical appointment.

The prices for trips depend on the selected transport option and the length and are clearly stated during the booking process before payment is received. All major credit cards are accepted, and both the driver and transport company must agree to the CDC and COVID-19 safety recommendations prior to booking a ride.

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AARP membership is not required to use the program, which is open to all ages but gives priority to people 50 years and older or people with limited mobility access.

Elsewhere, the program runs in select counties in South Carolina and Texas.

“The AARP Ride @ 50+ program provides a simple, affordable and efficient way to find local transportation for people of all ages,” said Sean Suggs, group vice president of Toyota Social Innovation, in a press release. “This program makes it easier to access critical services and helps people get where they want to go, and that is what mobility is all about.”

For more information on the Ride @ 50+ program, visit www.aarp.org/ridewashtenaw or call 1-800-466-1461.

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