By 2020, one in four Florida residents will be over age 65 and half will be 75 or older. Nearly 42 percent of the 60+ population in Florida’s Miami-Dade and Monroe counties is living at or near the poverty level. Partners for Livable Communities, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, and MetLife Foundation conducted a workshop in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties to examine the role that transportation and mobility play in allowing older adults to age in place.
The report documents the transportation and mobility issues discussed in the workshop, the unique challenges faced by Miami-Dade and Monroe counties in providing adequate transportation options to their older adults, and the best practices to meet the transportation and mobility needs of seniors across the country. These counties were chosen as the location of the workshop because they encompass a mix of affluent and poverty-stricken areas populated by immigrants as well as older Americans with deep roots in Florida. Because these counties are in an area that is highly dependent on tourism, roadways have been designed to accommodate high-speed automobile traffic to get tourists to and from the City of Miami, Miami Beach, and the Florida Keys.
As the area’s older adult population continues to increase, planners and local officials will need to make transportation and mobility options more accessible and affordable for residents of all ages. The report highlights the importance of creating livable communities through mixed-use developments, a range of affordable and accessible transportation options, and walkable neighborhoods. Examples of existing initiatives in place to meet the mobility needs of older Floridians are addressed throughout the report, such as Miami-Dade County’s Golden Passport, a program that allows residents age 65+ to ride buses and rail in the county free of charge.
How to Use
Planners, local officials, and community leaders can use this report to gain an understanding of the unique transportation challenges faceing tourism-centric areas in planning for the upcoming age shift. This report provides insight for any community looking to enhance its livability through increased transportation and mobility options for older adults.