Association of Travel Instruction

Brookline Resident Learns New Ways2Go

"You've given me a lot of confidence," says Robert LaPierre of Brookline. "I've gone to my doctors twice on my own on the bus." Rob had avoided using the MBTA fixed route buses for many years due to anxiety and attention challenges.

In June he attended an MBTA System Orientation held at SCM. Since then he's participated in Ways2Go Travel Training. Travel Training is individualized assistance for seniors and persons with disability who want to learn to safely use public transit for at least some of their trips.

Rob uses the ticket vending machine for the fixed route network.Rob was surprised to learn that a bus which stops near his home goes right to his doctor's office. In the past he had missed some appointments because he forgot to schedule his transportation in advance. That may now be a thing of the past.

"From the beginning of February to the middle of March I didn't leave my room," Rob says. Recently he took public transit to a computer store and to Cambridgeside Galleria. "I'm doing what I want to do," he said. Rob takes pride in knowing some of the answers when other passengers ask if a bus or subway goes to a particular location.

"This has helped me. I can't even measure the confidence I'm getting." Rob also recently learned to get to and navigate through South Station so he can take the Commuter Rail to visit relatives for his birthday.

Ways2Go Travel Training, which officially launched in July, receives grant funding. The program involves collaboration between Door2Door by SCM, the MBTA, and their community partners. For more information about Travel Training or MBTA System Orientation, call Linda Shepard Salzer at 857-756-5893 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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