06-R 117

2006 -- S 2690

Enacted 03/09/06


S E N A T E  R E S O L U T I O N




     Introduced By: Senator John J. Tassoni

     Date Introduced: February 14, 2006



     WHEREAS, There are approximately 190,000 Rhode Island residents over the age of

sixty, constituting 18% of the state's population; and

     WHEREAS, Senior Americans depend upon the private automobile for transportation to

healthcare appointments, family visits, and the social and civic activities that support community

and the quality of life; and

     WHEREAS, This dependence on the private automobile poses serious safety and

mobility problems for diminished capacity senior drivers; and

     WHEREAS, To effectively address transportation needs when physical changes or illness

impede safe driving, alternatives must be provided to supplement or replace the private

automobile; and

     WHEREAS, According to the State Plan on Aging 2004-2007, "A critical issue currently

being studied by the [Advisory Commission on Aging] is that of senior drivers, with the goal of

creating a viable policy that protects the independence of elders while safeguarding the motoring

public at large"; and

     WHEREAS, There exists an increasing number of senior Rhode Islanders needing

transportation services and a vast number of people and organizations willing to provide these

services on a volunteer basis; and

     WHEREAS, The Independent Transportation Network® (ITN®), a non-profit,

community based transportation system, is a tested and successful model for matching

transportation services to those senior citizens requiring these services with little or no public

investment; now, therefore be it

     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

hereby respectfully requests the Department of Elderly Affairs, in partnership with the Advisory

Commission on Aging, to work together with ITNAmerica™, the non-profit organization that

assists communities with ITN® replications, to study the ITN® model as a viable transportation

option for the senior residents in this State; and be it further

     RESOLVED, That the Department and the Commission provide findings and

recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly, no later than January 2, 2007,

including, but not limited to: (1) the mechanisms available to match those senior residents

needing transportation services to those willing to provide such services; (2) the ability to

replicate the ITN® model in one or more communities in Rhode Island; (3) the appropriate

organizations to initiate a replication of the ITN® model in Rhode Island; (4) the initial financial

investment required to bring an ITN® replication online using both public and private sector

funding; (5) the long-term financial investments required from the private sector to sustain an

ITN® replication's operations in Rhode Island; (6) the possible legal and/or regulatory barriers

that exist to prevent the successful replication of the ITN® model in Rhode Island; and (7) the

projected number of individuals that could be served by such transportation services during a

five-year period; and be it further

     RESOLVED, That the Department and the Commission may request the participation

and cooperation of other agencies, organizations and businesses such as the American

Automobile Association, American Association of Retired Persons, Department of

Transportation, and RI Public Transit Authority to carry out the provisions of this Resolution; and

be it further

     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and he hereby is authorized and directed to

transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to the Honorable Governor Donald L. Carcieri, the

Speaker of the House, the President of the Senate, the Department of Elderly Affairs, and the

Advisory Commission on Aging.