RTC hopes to get more seniors on board with free travel training

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Updated: 9/02 9:37 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- RTC employees took Tuesday's Senior Fest as an opportunity to teach people about buses.

"I take it just about every day," said Elsie Bardazzi. "In fact I think I do take it every day."

Bardazzi is a regular RTC bus rider. "It's only $26 a month for me," she said. "I can't drive a car for one week for that price. So I think it's great. Everybody should be riding it."

RTC spokesman Joe Harrington said they are working to reach out to new customers, especially seniors. "When you ride the bus for the first time, it can be an intimidating experience. We really want to make sure that people don't feel that way."

So RTC is teaming up with Northern Nevada Center for Independent Living to offer travel training.

"They'll learn how to use the ramps," Harrington said. "They'll learn how to load a walker on a bus, learn how to get on a bus if they have a scooter. They'll also learn the bus schedule and the bus book. I mean, that alone can be complicated."

That is what has been keeping Nadine Steelsmith from getting on board. "I haven't taken it before because I wasn't sure the navigation of it, you know, which bus goes where and when," Steelsmith said.

Steelsmith said she is going to start taking the bus instead of getting behind the wheel. "There's just too much traffic on the roads nowadays and the older we get we're not as good a driver. The bus is the answer."

Bardazzi is excited to see others learning about RTC. "I love this. Reno's a good place for seniors. It's the best place that I've ever seen."

Steelsmith said other seniors should give the bus a shot. "It gets tiresome sitting at home all the time. Maybe you'd like to go to a movie. Maybe we'd like to go out to dinner. [Seniors] can catch the bus and then they don't have to worry about imposing on thier kids or their neighbors to get them there and it gives them an independence."

RTC and NNCIL offer the free travel trainings year-round. To schedule your appointment, call 775-353-3599.
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smartoldguy - 9/2/2014 9:10 PM
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too bad the bus service doesn't go anywhere. How many seniors can walk 1-2 miles to get to Virginia street to get within a few miles of where they need to go? At least the nice(and expensive) bus terminals and bus stops look good.Thank you for the useless pork Senators.
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