Livable Communities: Transportation
Livable communities offer transportation options that improve health, support vibrant neighborhoods and connect people to economic and social opportunities throughout their cities. They enable people of any age to reach their desired destinations safely and conveniently.
New federal transit rules spur investment
New opportunities under the Affordable Care Act
AARP Transportation Principles
The following principles set out broad goals for policymakers and community stakeholders to provide a variety of transportation options to meet the needs of their residents.
- Promote affordable transportation options
- Ensure the transportation system is accessible
- Promote healthy communities through sustainable transportation infrastructure
- Foster coordinated transportation services and assets
- Strengthen federal leadership in transportation
For detailed information on our policies around Livable Communities, please see our policy book.
Convenient Transportation Options
A variety of safe, affordable, dependable and user-friendly travel options enables people of all ages to stay active and engaged in their communities. For some, regular, fixed-route public transportation services are ideal; for others, because of health, disability status or geography, more personalized services — such as paratransit, dial-a-ride, reduced-fare taxis or rides in private vehicles available through volunteer driver programs — are needed.
- Reconnecting Small Town America by Bus: New Federal Transit Rules Spur Investment
- Weaving It Together: A Tapestry of Transportation Funding for Older Adults
- Policy Options to Improve Specialized Transportation
- Transportation Funding Reform: Equity Considerations for Older Americans
- Reconnecting Small Town America by Bus
- Transportation for Older Adults Requires a Tapestry of Funding Sources
- Public Transportation: Lifeline for Older Adults in Rural America
- Active Living for All Ages: Creating Neighborhoods Around Transit
- Can Streets Make Us Health? Open Streets Can
More than 30,000 Americans are killed on our nation’s roadways each year and far more are injured. Older road users, because of their increased frailty, are overrepresented in both vehicle and pedestrian crash fatalities.
Complete Streets are those designed and operated for safe, comfortable and convenient travel by pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. The focus of complete streets initiatives has been on changing transportation agency policies and procedures so that these multimodal accommodations become routine at the project-development stage. Well-designed roads help to extend many older adults’ safe driving years and at the same time they make it possible to travel by foot, bicycle or public transit safely in the community.
- Planning Complete Streets for an Aging America
- Policy and Design Considerations for Accommodating Low-Speed Vehicles and Golf Carts in Community Transportation Networks
- Legislating Mobility Options: A Survey of State Laws Promoting Public Transit, Walking, and Bicycling
- Road Safety for All: Lessons From Western Europe (PDF)
- Different Generations, Similar Desire for Walkable Communities
- The Infrastructure of Inequality
- Congrats to Memphis! And Passage of the Nation’s 500th Complete Streets Policy
- Road Safety for Every Age
Travel Patterns of the 50+
AARP is your go-to resource to understand the travel of persons age 50+. The AARP Public Policy Institute has done extensive analysis of the National Household Travel Survey data series to understand the travel patterns of persons age 50 and older, as well as other population groups.
- How the Travel Patterns of Older Adults Are Changing: Highlights From the 2009 National Household Travel Survey
- Impact of Baby Boomers on U.S. Travel, 1969 to 2000
- Work-Related Travel in an Era of Extended Employment
- Leisure Travel of the 50+
- AARP Livable Communities at AARP.org/livable
- AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities
- AARP Livable Communities Policy
- AARP Livable Communities Research
- AARP Livability Index
- Twitter: @AARPLivable, @AARPpolicy, @AARPresearch
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