Toyota has teamed up with AARP and local Dallas, Texas, organizations to fight COVID-19 through a new transportation initiative.
Toyota is providing free rides to Parkland Hospital and Dallas County for COVID-19 appointments utilizing AARP’s new Ride@50+ program, where multiple modes of transit can be found, booked and paid for.
“Every day people miss crucial medical appointments because of a lack of access or awareness in using local transportation options,” said Kyle Rakow, vice president and national director of AARP Driver Safety. “By arming older adults with knowledge and an accessible platform, we hope to make it easier for those in Dallas to get around, especially if it helps them stay safe and healthy.”
The AARP program is open to people of all ages, but focuses on those individuals 50 and older and other vulnerable individuals. The program is currently serving residents in Richmond and Lexington County, South Carolina; Dallas County, Texas; and Washtenaw County, Michigan.
Toyota is a long-time support of AARP Driver Safety, assisting with the new transportation program by sharing industry knowledge and providing funds to support the development of the AARP Ride@50+ Program.
“The AARP Ride@50+ Program offers a simple, affordable, and efficient solution to finding local transportation for people of all ages,” said Sean Suggs, group vice president, Toyota Social Innovation. “This program makes it easier to access critical services and help people get to where they want to go, and that is what mobility for all is about.”
Toyota manufactures the Tacoma and Tundra pickup trucks at its San Antonio, Texas, facility and Toyota Motor North America has its headquarters in Plano, Texas. Toyota also has plants in Alabama, Mississippi and Kentucky.