This report presents an examination of the relationships between residential location and travel patterns of the elderly. Using the 1995 Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey, the authors describe travel patterns of the elderly and estimate models of trip making daily travel and transit use. They find that land use and travel relationships are primarily the same for the elderly as for the non- elderly, although it is evident that the oldest elderly may be more sensitive to local accessibility. The authors consider the potential effectiveness of various land use strategies. Promoting more transit- friendly, mixed-use communities may increase local accessibility, but current preference for automobile travel, low-density living environments, and the benefits of aging in place indicate that these types of strategies will have a limited effect in addressing mobility problems of the elderly. Safer vehicles and transportation facilities behavioral adjustments, and development of paratransit options more competitive with the private vehicle may be strategies suitable for addressing mobility of the elderly.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Publication Date: July 2003. METRANS Transportation Center, Los Angeles CA. Remarks: "Metrans project 00-8.". Performed by California Dept. of Transportation Division of Research and Innovation for U.S. Dept. of Transportation Research and Special Programs Administration under contract no. 65A0047
  • Corporate Authors:

    METRANS Transportation Center

    University of Southern California
    Los Angeles, CA  United States  90089-0626

    University of Southern California, Los Angeles

    School of Policy, Planning and Development
    Los Angeles, CA  United States  90089-0626

    California Department of Transportation

    Division of New Technology and Research, P.O. Box 942873
    Sacramento, CA  United States  94273-0001

    Research and Special Programs Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Giuliano, Genevieve
    • Hu, Hsi-Hwa
    • Lee, Kyoung
  • Publication Date: 2003


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: ix, 79 leaves

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00966102
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA/CA/OR-2003/06
  • Created Date: Dec 3 2003 12:00AM