FindaRideFlorida.org improves mobility for older Floridians

The Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) Safe Mobility for Life (SMFL) Coalition in partnership with the University of Florida Institute for Mobility, Activity, and Participation (I-MAP) has launched a new website to connect older individuals needing transportation to available community transportation providers. FindaRideFlorida.org is an online resource available to individuals in all 67 counties.

To achieve safe mobility for life, it is important to have a plan in place to help safely transition from driving. Learning about available transportation options can help people continue to get to and from the places they both need and want to go without driving.

FindaRideFlorida.org will help older adults and their families access safe and convenient travel solutions and gain a better understanding of available transportation options that meet their individual mobility needs,” FDOT Secretary Mike Dew said.

FindaRideFlorida.org provides an alphabetical listing of service providers based on the specific information entered such as where you are traveling from/to or the purpose of the trip. Results can be narrowed by type of route, schedule, or even time of day. From the results page, you can print a summary or view more information about the transportation provider including service area, eligible riders, and approximate cost. Use the contact information listed to call a provider to learn more about their services or scheduling.

FindaRideFlorida.org currently contains over 800 resources and is maintained and updated by the University of Florida I-MAP when new transportation providers become available.

“Find a Ride data enables FDOT to respond to transportation gaps more effectively, leading to better, more equitable public transportation service planning and delivery to ultimately benefit older adults in Florida,” said Dr. Sherrilene Classen, director of University of Florida’s I-MAP.

Working together helps grow the number of service providers, giving Florida’s aging population access to more mobility options to help them remain connected to their community even after transitioning from driving.

To learn more about the SMFL Coalition and their efforts to improve the safety, access, and mobility of Florida’s aging road users, visit www.FLsams.org, www.fdot.gov.


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