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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.

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.

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Reconnecting Small Town America by Bus

New federal transit rules spur investment

Expanding Specialized Transportation

New opportunities under the Affordable Care Act

Communities Are Embracing Development Near Transit

This report, Communities Are Embracing Development Near Transit: A Snapshot of Transit-Oriented Development Support across the United States, details the ways state, regional, and local actors proactively foster TOD.

Convenient Transportation Options

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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.

Livability Index

How livable is your community?

Safe Streets

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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. 

Travel Patterns of the 50+

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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.

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