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Shared Mobility for Those Who Need a Little Extra Help
Frederick Melo reports on a new ride-hailing service for disabled and elderly travelers. The program will start operations in the Twin Cities this month, through an app called "MO."
"That’s 'MO' as in mobility, the lifeblood of the aged and infirm. Think of [John Doan’s] general benefit corporation, Mobility 4 All, as an Uber for folks who need someone to walk them from their doorstep to a vehicle at pick-up, and from the vehicle to the lobby of their destination at drop-off," writes Melo.
Doan calls MO "the kinder, gentler ride-service" that helps people travel beyond door-to-door end points. He recognized the need for the specialized service after his brother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and dementia, which severely limited his mobility and made travel on public transit difficult.
If the pilot program is successful, Doan plans to expand the service to Phoenix later this year or early next year, notes Melo.