Independent Living Project Sponsors Travel Training for Older Adults

Contact for News Media:
Grace Lynch, Communications Manager
Adult and Aging Division
703-324-5277, TTY 703-449-1186

May 14, 2009

News Highlights

  • Independent Living Project Sponsors Travel Training for Older Adults
  • Participants will learn how to navigate the area's bus and rail systems.
  • The training will take place on May 19.
  • The Independent Living Project is a program of exercise and workshops offered to those wishing to stay in their homes as they grow older.

Fairfax County’s Independent Living Project Sponsors
Travel Training for Older Adults on May 19

What: Participants of Fairfax County’s Independent Living Project will spend a day learning how to navigate the area’s bus and rail systems. Travel Training for Older Adults, sponsored by the county’s Department of Transportation, will teach them how to purchase a SmartTrip card, read a bus schedule, navigate the Metrorail system and become familiar with bus and rail ADA transportation accommodations.
When: Tuesday, May 19, 2009 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: The group will meet at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke and then travel to Union Station in Washington, D.C. Participants will have lunch at Union Station and then return.
Who: Fifteen current and former participants of the Independent Living Project will participate. The program is a joint project of the Department of Family Service’s Fairfax Area Agency on Aging and the Department of Transportation.

The Department of Family Services’ Independent Living Project helps older adults and adults with disabilities stay in their homes and remain independent. It offers a mix of exercise classes and workshops to help prevent falls, maintain health and fitness, and increase knowledge of services.

Current and former participants have enrolled in the Department of Transportation’s Travel Training Older Adults. The program is designed to help older people who are no longer comfortable traveling in their own vehicles to access affordable, reliable and safe public transportation. The Travel Training for Older Adults program teaches the following:

  • How to plan a trip by bus
  • How to read a bus schedule
  • How to pay bus fare
  • How to use a transfer
  • How to reach specific destinations


Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. To request this information in an alternate format, call Department of Family Services' Fairfax Area Agency on Aging at 703-324-5411, TTY 703-449-1186.

Department of Family Services
Division of Adult and Aging Services
12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 708
Fairfax, Virginia 22035-1104


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