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Alternative Transportation: Public Transportation

Check into buses, vanpools and special transit services for older adults.

En español | In a 2006 AARP poll, 9 out of 10 people age 50+ said they want to remain in their home and community for as long as possible. Yet drivers age 70 and older are expected to outlive their driving years—men by 7 years and women by 10. Knowing your transportation options, and being comfortable using them, can help you remain independent in your community as you age.

Buses

To meet the needs of riders of all ages, many buses now offer passenger-friendly features such as low floors, “kneeling” functions to ease entry, audio and visual bus stop announcements, and other improvements.

In addition to regular fixed routes, many communities offer local shuttles, circulators, and buses that stop whenever a rider flags them along the route. Discounted rates are often available to older people and those with disabilities.

Vanpools and Ridesharing

Vanpools and other ridesharing arrangements are not just for commuters going to and from work. Vans operated by local nonprofits or businesses may take you to shopping malls or doctor appointments. If you drive, consider giving a lift to a friend or neighbor. During rush hour, you may qualify to use a car pool or express lane and save time as well.

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