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Community collaboration 
is often the most 
important ingredient to effectively accomplishing an improvement 
or program. With such a strong supportive 
community in Marin, the effective work of technical staff and elected leaders is multiplied by the community’s engagement.

Dianne Steinhauser
Executive Director
Authority of Marin


Did You Know?

Qualifying seniors can receive FREE rides through the following volunteer driver programs:

A Whistlestop program for seniors 65+ who need rides to and from medical appointments and the grocery store.


A city of Sausalito Age Friendly program for seniors 60+ who need rides in anywhere within Sausalito and Marin City.

Road to Recovery

An American Cancer Society program for cancer patients who need rides to and from their treatments. 

Volunteers provide rides to seniors living in Ross.

Volunteers provide rides to seniors living in Fairfax.

A Central Marin volunteer driver reimbursement program that allows seniors to find their own trusted driver and provide a mileage reimbursement. 

A West Marin Senior Services volunteer driver reimbursement program that allows seniors to find their own trusted driver and provide a mileage reimbursement.   





Volume 1, Issue 2                                                                       April 2017

From the Program Director

linda-jackson-headshot-2-editedFor me, last month's highlight was the Fifth (!) AAI Convening. On March 29, 84 people from over 40 agencies and organizations came together to meet old friends, make new connections and talk about next steps. Given that AAI is just over two years old, this makes for exciting conversations. One word kept coming to me at the Convening: connect. As AAI evolves, one truth holds: we do more and better when we work together.

The first connect happened on a personal level. We started the day "Listening In" as five people shared their reflections in response to a question Mary Oliver asks in her poem The Summer Day, "What will you do with your one wild and precious life?"

We all leaned forward to hear Marcus Small, Marguerite Elliott, V-Anne Chernock, Jim Monson and Sue Beittel speak to their decade of life in their answer to Oliver’s question. Read more.



Network Spotlight: Transportation

AAI interviewed member Robert Betts, Director of Planning Operations, Marin Transit. He talks about transit options for seniors in Marin, the importance of collaboration in his work, and how to achieve an age-friendly Marin. 

What do you do for Marin Transit?

I’m Director of Planning for Operations for Marin Transit, the public transit agency for local transit services. It means I deal with fixed bus routes, supplemental transit routes, the Stagecoach in West Marin, and Marin Access. Marin Access provides a suite of transit services for seniors and those with disabilities who need extra help with their mobility needs.


How did you get into this kind of work?

I was first interested in engineering, which I studied at the University of Iowa. I went on to get a graduate degree in engineering and planning from Cal Poly. I worked a few years as a transit consultant on projects throughout the Bay Area, including the Community Based Transportation Plans for the Marin City and the Canal Neighborhood. Six years ago, I landed a job at Marin Transit as Planning Manager. In this position, I supervised one of the best in the field, Paul Branson, who was Marin Transit’s Mobility Manager, and who brought the innovative approaches and programs that we enjoy today in Marin.


In what ways does your organization help our older adults?

Marin Transit offers a number of transportation options: fixed route, paratransit, and some specialized options. Read more.

Request for Proposal: 

The Marin County Transit District (Marin Transit) seeks innovative proposals and ideas to explore new ways of improving mobility for seniors and people with disabilities in Marin County. For information, click here.

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