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Looking to get seniors more mobile

By KATRINA SMITH

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Seniors who can't get around may soon have more options as consultants working with the Parkway Senior Center in Utica are looking into ways to get seniors more mobile.

Whether driving in a car or using the public transportation system, the objective is to get more senior citizens out in the community.

It's funded through a mobility management grant from the National Center for Senior Transportation.

On Friday, they held the first of five focus groups to get input from local seniors. One idea that was brought up was a "car-sharing project," which is something that's common across the United States, but only done in three areas in New York State - Buffalo, Ithaca and Syracuse.

"Get a fleet of vehicles, place them throughout Utica, those who pay a membership fee to use these vehicles when they need them, as opposed to owning a vehicle when you're not even using it," said Ray Weaver, the consultant, explaining the idea.

According to AAA, the cost of owning a vehicle is roughly $9,000 a year. That's after you factor in payments, gasoline, mileage, and insurance.

Under the car-sharing method, senior would just be paying for their usage on a car.

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