Senior adults age 65 and older are expected to comprise 20 percent of the total population in 2030. Of the senior population, the 85+ age cohort is the fastest-growing age group. Unsurprisingly, the ability to drive safely decreases dramatically as seniors enter this age group. For this reason, The National Center on Senior Transportation (NCST) produced this report to discuss the benefits of coordination among transportation organizations to provide older adults with cost-effective, efficient, and accessible transportation options.
With older adults showing a clear preference toward aging in place, improvements must be made to transportation systems that will allow for healthy and independent aging. The report outlines transportation implications associated with the upcoming age shift such as the need for mobility options for seniors with income limitations, and transportation options for suburban and rural areas. The social and economic benefits of coordinating transportation activities are highlighted in the report, along with specific positive outcomes for older adults, barriers to coordination, and techniques for successfully coordinating transportation activities.
The report offers 14 case studies of communities across the country that have implemented transportation coordination programs. The 14 sites reported beneficial outcomes from coordination transportation programs like improved cost-effectiveness of transportation systems, increased customer satisfaction, and enhanced community mobility.
How to Use
This report can be used as a resource for planners and local officials seeking to coordinate transportation activities in their community to better meet the mobility needs of senior residents and take advantage of the cost benefits associated with coordination. Local officials and community leaders can use the case studies presented in the report to gain an understanding of the coordination activities certain areas have implemented and the techniques they have used to successfully implement such practices.