Transportation for Older Adults

This article explores how transportation planning is expanding its response to the aging of the U.S. population beyond the two primary perspectives of paratransit and driver safety. The new areas include ways to incorporate pedestrian mobility and smart growth into planning transportation options for the elderly. A key goal is to sustain mobility as people age. And a key obstacle is the fact that older Americans tend to age in place, frequently in the suburbs, where travel is more automobile-centric. Some initiatives are discussed to show how public transportation can be made more attractive, safe and useful for older riders and be an alternative to cars. Travel training seminars for seniors aged 85 and up are conducted in Palm Beach County, Florida. In Rock Island, Illinois, the transit agency conducts field trips for seniors. Examples from other agencies are also given.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos; References;
  • Pagination: pp 1-2, 4-5
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01047168
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 30 2007 12:08AM