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Seniors learn how to ride the bus: Free “Mobility Travel Training” offered by RTC

By Miriam Hodgman

RTC logoIn partnership with the Northern Nevada Center for Independent Living, the Regional Transportation Commission provides free mobility travel training. Transit is an affordable, safe and convenient way for seniors to maintain their independence. However, for new riders who have mobility issues, it can sometimes be intimidating – that’s why the RTC provides this training.

Mobility travel training emphasizes safety while building confidence. Seniors are able to practice using ramps and lifts for loading wheelchairs onto a RTC RIDE bus. Instructors are also on-hand to help explain how to read bus schedules, plan trips and answer questions.

Through a long-standing partnership with the Northern Nevada Center for Independent Living, free mobility travel training is offered by appointment throughout the year. To make an appointment, call: 775-353-3599.

“Even if seniors are able to drive, they should consider taking part in the training. Sometimes they might prefer to use transit, such as when it’s dark, rainy or snowy. This really helps them preserve their independence,” Lisa Bonie, executive director of the Northern Nevada Center for Independent Living, said.

Free training will also be taking place at Senior Fest. The fun event, which includes giveaways, will take place at Reno Town Mall on Tuesday, September 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information on mobility training, go to: http://www.rtcwashoe.com/public-transportation-17-15.html

The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County, Nevada serves the citizens of Reno, Sparks and unincorporated areas of Washoe County. As the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization for the region, the RTC provides leadership in planning, public policy development and implementation of quality transportation systems through a commitment to excellence and stewardship to meet the community’s present and future transportation needs. For more information about RTC projects visit rtcwashoe.com and sign up for free email updates using MyRTC or call 775-348-0400.

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