Join Transportation for America for a call on Wednesday, June 15, at 3:00 PM EST with Director James Corless and the T4America policy team to discuss the findings of a new report, Aging in Place, Stuck without Options: Fixing the Mobility Crisis Threatening the Baby Boomer Generation to be released Tuesday, June 14. The call-in number is (866) 740-1260 and the passcode is 3355141.
The first baby boomers will turn 65 this year, and by 2030, projections estimate over 70 million Americans will be senior citizens. As baby boomers age, they will increasingly need access to affordable transportation alternatives, such as mass transit. Investing in transit and other transportation options for older adults prevents seniors from becoming isolated when they are no longer able to drive. By investing in these services now, cities will be prepared to provide convenient and affordable transportation options for older adults.
"Atlanta, GA tops the rankings for large metro areas with poor access to transit for seniors
By 2015, more than 15.5 million Americans 65 and older will live in communities where public transportation service is poor or non-existent, a new study shows. That number is expected to continue to grow rapidly as the baby boom generation 'ages in place' in suburbs and exurbs with few mobility options for those who do not drive.
The report, Aging in Place, Stuck without Options, ranks metro areas by the percentage of seniors with poor access to public transportation, now and in the coming years, and presents other data on aging and transportation.
The analysis by the Center for Neighborhood Technology evaluates metro areas within each of five size categories. It shows that in just four years, 90 percent of seniors in metro Atlanta will live in neighborhoods with poor access to options other than driving, the worst ranking among metro areas with populations over 3 million. In that size category, metro Atlanta is followed by the Riverside-San Bernardino, CA metro area, along with Houston, Detroit and Dallas.
Kansas City tops the list for metros of 1-3 million, followed by Oklahoma City, Fort Worth, Nashville and Raleigh-Durham. In smaller areas like Hamilton, OH, 100 percent of seniors will have poor access to public transportation. These conditions present a daunting challenge to local communities as a larger share of their population demands increased mobility options."
-from T4America.org (link)