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Choices for Mobility Independence: Transportation Options for Older Adults

Overview

With the growing older adult population, it is important to consider how seniors can stay independent for as long as possible. Mobility alternatives allow these residents to continue with their daily routines when driving is no longer an option to help them get around. While the variety of options available is different from one community to the next, this brochure details various possibilities that older residents should consider when determining how to get around, and local planners and leaders can review when determining what options are or should be available in their community.

Key Points

Beyond determining accessibility to various mobility options, it is also essential to consider eligibility and affordability of the available alternatives to driving. While buses, vans, and taxis are great options, there are a variety of other services to research and consider.

Transportation resources and services to explore:

  1. Volunteer Driver Programs: Non-profits tend to have a group of volunteers that offer flexible transportation options.
  2. Paratransit Service: Typically organized by public transit, aging organizations, and private agencies, door-to-door and curb-to-curb transportations services are often available.
  3. Travel Training: Public transit agencies and local aging associations typically offer free training to help older adults and people with disabilities learn how to travel safely, efficiently and independently.
  4. Transportation Vouchers Program: Aging organizations often offer fare assistance to economically disadvantaged persons by allowing them to purchase vouchers for transportation service at a reduced rate.

How to Use

While this brochure is aimed at older adults considering their transportation options, there is valuable information on the variety of choices typically available to this population that might be of interest to local planners and officials interested in analyzing what they are currently providing, and what they should consider providing. It also offers information on what older adults should consider when determining the best transportation alternative, which can be used by local planners and officials when educating residents.

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