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If you tuned into WREG News Channel 3’s Live at 9 segment this morning, you just might have seen our own Courtney McNeal sharing about our 901RideChoice Rides to Wellness program. 

Getting around Memphis without a car isn’t easy for anyone, but for seniors and people living with disabilities, this can have a direct, negative impact on health and wellness, making it harder to get to and from medical appointments. 

Owning a car can be greatly prohibitive for some households, with costs as high as $10,000 a year for a new vehicle. 

Uber and Lyft do fill in the gaps for many Memphians, though it often isn’t suitable for making a doctor’s appointment. While these services allow for door-to-door transportation, ride fares that range from $10 to as high as $30 in “peak” or busy periods can be burdensome for seniors on fixed incomes. Plus, drivers will not always be able to help people with mobility issues in and out of a car – much less out of their homes. 

That’s where we come in. 

We work closely with organizations like Memphis Crisis Center, the Coordinated Response to Elder Abuse program, the Aging Commission of the Mid-South, and PrimeCare Transport Services, to do what we do and reach the groups of adults that need us the most.  

And of course, we’re backed by MATA, offering a highly personalized, straightforward alternative to their public transportation services. 

A few things to remember:  

  • Not an app, but a number – and one that’s super easy to remember. By calling 901-RIDE-901, a rider or their loved one can quickly and easily arrange a ride to and from a medical appointment from a dedicated driver, one who can even help with mobility issues. 
  • There’s no limit to the number of times a rider can use our service. 
  • Not a rider, but still want to get involved? We’re (literally) powered by our partners, so reach out to Courtney at cmcneal@innovatememphis.com if you’d like to learn more about how your business or organization can help. 

Lastly, thank you to rider Tamra Walls and our MedHaul partner Essential Home & Transportation Services for appearing with us this morning! 

Check us out at the link below if you missed this morning’s segment. 

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