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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 communities.
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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.
For detailed information on our policies around Livable Communities, please see our policy book.
New federal transit rules spur investment
Explore how emerging technologies are transforming our transportation system.
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.
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
A Tapestry of Transportation Funding for Older Adults
Expanding Specialized Transportation
Policy Options to Improve Specialized Transportation
Transportation Funding Reform
To the Rockies and Back Without a Car
Threats to Infrastructure Funding
Transportation for Older Adults Requires Funding
Lifeline for Older Adults in Rural America
Creating Neighborhoods Around Transit
Can Streets Make Us Healthy? Open Streets Can
How livable is your community?
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 Low-Speed Vehicles
Survey of State Laws For Public Transit, Walking, Bicycling
Road Safety for All: Lessons From Western Europe (PDF)
To the Rockies and back Without a Car
Young and Older Generations Desire for Walkable Communities
The Infrastructure of Inequality
Congrats to Memphis! Nation’s 500th Complete Streets Policy
Road Safety for Every Age
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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.
How the Travel Patterns of Older Adults Are Changing
Impact of Baby Boomers on U.S. Travel, 1969 to 2009
Work-Related Travel in an Era of Extended Employment
Leisure Travel of the 50+
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AARP Livable Communities Research
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