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transportation & mobility

Comprehensive transportation planning increases mobility and independence, improves safety, promotes economic development and even reduces pollution and dependence on foreign oil. These transportation policies will show you how to link transportation modes within the community and link the community to the broader region – making it easier for older residents to stay connected, hold jobs, and remain socially engaged.


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New Hampshire 2012 Toolkit (Southern NH Planning Commission)
Community planners should take note of the progress New Hampshire is making in “retrofitting” its infrastructure to promote walkability and health. This toolkit provides practical steps on coalition building, policy guidelines/community principles, and planning guidelines.

Livable New York Resource Manual: Sustainable Communities for All Ages – Mobility and Transportation
The New York Office for the Aging produced this section of the Livable New York Resource Manual to emphasize the impact transportation and mobility has on the livability of a community and the capability of older residents to age in place.

Funding the Public Transportation Needs of an Aging Population (American Public Transportation Association)
Community planners and local governments can use this report to better understand and scope the needs and costs related to providing adequate transportation options for older residents. It provides a good starting point for examining what public transportation services are required for seniors, and where to invest.

AARP Rural Transportation Toolkit

This AARP toolkit focuses specifically on transportation strategies for rural America.

  • Public Transit in Rural Communities – This fact sheet uses both statistics and testimonials to outline the major benefits of public transit, particularly in rural areas. Rural America has been hit particularly hard by the recession, and improved transit programs can help older adults remain an active part of the community.
  • Transit’s Role in Livable Rural Communities – Find an overview of livable rural communities, benefits of transit-oriented development (TOD), and examples of successful community structures. While automobile transportation will remain important in any community, the use of public transit in a livable rural community significantly increases mobility for older adults who no longer drive.
  • Funding Rural Public Transit – Find an overview of existing funding sources for rural public transit, an outline of suggestions for policy makes on funding rural public transit, and examples of public/private funding partnerships.
  • Health Care and Transportation in Rural Communities – This fact sheet provides a discussion of the obstacles older adults living in rural communities face in accessing needed medical services due to long distances and lack of public transit options. Access to health care is an important purpose of local transit programs, especially in rural areas.
  • Additional Rural Transportation Options – While public transportation meets some needs for older adults who stop driving, other transit options are necessary to fill gaps, such as expanded service areas and hours of operation. Find a discussion of these alternative transportation options, as well as the benefits of these options to both older adults and caregivers.
  • Transportation Planning and Coordination in Rural Communities – This AARP fact sheet highlights the importance of transportation planning, the benefits of planning for older adults and rural communities, as well as the levels of transportation planning (locally developed, coordinated public transit, human services transportation planning, and long-range planning).

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