The decline of downtown shopping areas in urban and rural communities and the scattered development pattern of suburbs make it tough to get to shops, services, and recreational opportunities without a car.
Basic shops and grocery stores have moved from downtown to strip malls miles away. Downtown shops often cater to tourists and antiques shoppers.
Affordable apartments for older adults, housing with supportive services, and even new leisure communities, are frequently located where land is less costly. Little thought is given to proximity to shopping and personal services.
For people who do not drive, the scattered, non-walkable pattern of development can threaten their abilities to get around and maintain their independence. Few completely satisfactory alternatives to driving are available in communities that were designed with the automobile in mind.
If you believe that transportation options are limited in your community, complete our survey and tell us how we can work for improvements to help you get around Westchester.
Variation in Quality and Type of Public Transportation
• Fixed-Route Buses
• Other Mobility Options