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New Whistlestop program will aid senior travel in Marin

2/12/2011 – Marin Independent Journal

A San Rafael-based group that helps provide transportation for the elderly and people with disabilities will begin a new program Tuesday that utilizes friends and neighbors.

Whistlestop Wheels’ new “Volunteer Driver” program is aimed at adults 60 and older who are in need of rides, live in Marin County and are unable to use a shared ride service, but who could use a friend, neighbor, acquaintance or caregiver to be their driver.

Those who volunteer to drive will be reimbursed at the rate of 30 cents a mile under the one-year pilot program. Initially the trips will be targeted for medical and shopping excursions within a 30-mile radius.

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