Think you know AARP? What you don't know about us may surprise you. Discover all the 'Real Possibilities'


AARP Games - Play Now!

Contests and

Dream Vacation Sweepstakes

10 weeks. 10 amazing trips. Seize your chance to win!
See official rules. 

Home & Transportation

AARP Driver Safety

Retraining courses and counseling. Go

Home Fit Guide

How to make your house a home — for life. Go

Housing and Mobility Publications

Free booklets on home modification, design and transportation options. Go


April Discount

40% off of the AARP Smart Driver Course!




Getting From Here to There in Dallas County, TX: A Transportation Survey of AARP Members

AARP Member Opinion Research

This and Related Reports

Transportation plays a major role in helping people stay connected to their communities as well as live an independent life. AARP Texas is a member of the Community Transportation Network, a coalition of public, private, and non-profit organizations in the Greater Dallas Area, assembled to study the transportation needs of people with disabilities and older adults in Dallas County.  AARP Texas commissioned a mail survey of AARP members age 60+ residing in Dallas County, Texas, to learn more about their transportation needs and to provide additional information to the coalition on the transportation needs of older adults in Dallas County. 

Key Survey Findings

  • The most common mode of transportation for all AARP members age 60+ in Dallas County is by car or other vehicle and by driving themselves.
  • Most AARP members have public transportation services (public buses or trains) available in their community. However, one in five does not.
  • Of members who do have access to public transportation in their community, most can walk to the nearest public transportation stop without driving. However, one in five cannot.
  • One in five members has used public transportation (DART or other public transit) in the last six months. The most likely users of public transportation are members age 60-69 and members with low-income (under $20,000).
  • Most members are aware that paratransit services exist in Dallas County, and eight percent have used or have a family member who has used these services.
  • At least two in three members would find a door-to-door (74%) or a door-through-door (68%) service extremely, very, or somewhat helpful if they needed personal transportation assistance.

This mail survey was conducted during October-December 2009. Two simple random samples were selected from AARP’s membership database of members living in Dallas County, Texas: 3,500 AARP members age 60 years and older (county-wide sample) and 1,500 members age 60+ likely to have household income under $20,000 (low-income sample). Each sample was proportionally stratified by three age segments: 60-69, 70-79, and 80+. The sampling error for the larger sample is ±2.7%. For further information, contact Terri Guengerich at 202-434-6306. (39 pages)

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts


Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

Searchable member discounts via AARP® Member Advantages Offer Finder mobile app.


Members save 10% on programs at any Hendrick Automotive Group service locations.

Member Benefits

Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change. Join Today

Featured Groups

Clutter Challenge

ATM Clutter Challenge

Ready to get organized, once and for all? Use this group as a resource. They're determined, and they're funny, too. Discuss

Live 2 Quilt

Ask questions, chat with others, join a block swap, and post your pictures in our quilting forum. Join