TRANSPORTATION AND OUR AGING POPULATION: VOLPE CENTER HELPS SHAPE FUTURE POLICY

The issue of providing our aging population with viable transportation alternatives to the private automobile is gaining increased attention from policy makers, particularly as members of the baby boom generation approach their retirement years. However, the problem is made even more complex by the lack of adequate transportation options in the suburbs, where most of the older population now lives. Research conducted at the Volpe Center's Strategic Planning and Analysis Division is helping to shape the public policy debate on this important issue. Providing transportation alternatives for older adults is not just a matter of public safety. Mobility is critical to the emotional well-being of people of all ages, and continued interaction with family, friends, and the larger community is a key ingredient in maintaining the psychological health of our aging citizens. The common misconception is that funding sources for such services are shrinking, when in fact a number of public agencies continue to provide financial support for transportation programs designed to include older adults.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: p. 41-47
  • Serial:
    • Volpe Journal
    • Issue Number: 1
    • Publisher: Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
    • ISSN: 0033-8826

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00792413
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 23 2000 12:00AM