June 3, 2020 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

As part of our Virtual Program Meeting series, join us for an informative and interactive discussion on Transportation on June 3 from 1:00-2:30 PM.  We’ll be joined by Rachel Fichtenbaum, EOHHS Mobility Manager, MassMobility, Michele Michele Ellicks, Community Outreach, MassDot/Registry of Motor Vehicles and Maria Foster, Community Outreach Specialist, Transportation, Resources, Information, Planning & Partnership for Seniors, Brookline Council on Aging.  There will be time after the presentations for questions and answers.  Please register:

Rachel Fichtenbaum will provide a general overview of information, resources, and technical assistance available from MassMobility, a statewide initiative out of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services to promote mobility for older adults, people with disabilities, and others who lack access to transportation. She will highlight some resources to assist Councils on Aging in thinking about transportation and COVID-19, as well as public and private some funding opportunities that are currently available. Bring your ideas and questions!

Maria Foster from TRIPPS (Transportation, Resources, Information, Planning and Partnership for Seniors), a program of the Brookline Senior Center will describe the program and the ways it supports older adults as they seek out alternative transportation options (including in the current environment). In addition, TRIPPS staff supports Brookline’s Rideshare Discount Program that launched in January 2020 for older adults in the community.

Because of the decline in the local taxi industry, one of the major initiatives the program has undertaken is to provide educational programming for older adults about ridesharing. To date, the program, which is now partially supported by MCOA, has offered ridesharing classes in many surrounding communities, reaching 500 seniors to date. We have also developed a step-by-step instructional guide to help those new to ridesharing. That guide is available to any Massachusetts Council on Aging. With the current crisis, TRIPPS is exploring ways to provide this program online/virtually. Questions we are considering are: Peer-to-peer learning in real time is so important to the success of the program. How do we recreate that in a virtual setting? How do we offer virtual instruction to older adults online but create something accessible for all?  How do we offer on-on-one tech support while also practicing social/physical distancing?

Michele Ellicks will present: Due to the recent activity surrounding COVID 19, the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) has taken important steps to reduce customer visits to RMV Service Centers and AAA offices. Michele Ellicks, Community Outreach Coordinator with Mass RMV, will discuss new policies that have been put in place at the RMV including a strict Appointment Only policy which allows customers to perform transactions that are considered essential including applying for a Mass ID card, Commercial Driver’s License transactions, and registering newly purchased vehicles that are primary modes of transportation. Michele will provide an overview of the 40+ RMV transactions can be done online including renewing a registration or Mass ID, and identify RMV resources including the RMV’s Driver Licensing Division and Medical Affairs Bureau whose staff members are available to help you help the older adults in your communities.

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Massachusetts Councils
on Aging

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Easthampton, MA 01027
Telephone: 413-527-6425
Fax: 413-527-7138