The need for coordinated public transportation systems for older adults has gained in urgency as our population ages. It is estimated that, by 2030, there will be 70 million Americans over the age of 65. The same figures show that the fastest-growing section of that population is those over 85. The number of older Americans driving is expected to increase in proportion to the overall population.
You will find resources below to access more information on providing senior transportation services in your community.
- Service providers can visit the Web site of the Federal Transit Administration's United We Ride program for information on developing coordinated transportation strategies & useful practices related to increasing service efficiency, simplifying access, and reducing duplication. (http://www.unitedweride.gov/)
- Transportation in an Aging Society - a survey by the Beverly Foundation that offers information on how to provide safe mobility and how to accommodate the increasing need of transportation for older adults.
- Transportation Options booklet prepared by Easter Seals and Beverly Foundation identifies all the transportation options that are available to older adults. The booklet helps older adults and caregivers plan the use of transportation in their community.
- Elderly Individuals and Individuals with Disabilities Program (Section 5310) - provides funding through a formula program to increase mobility for older adults and people with disabilities.
- Non-urbanized Area Formula Program (Section 5311) - provides capital and operating assistance for rural and small urban public transportation systems.
- Job Access Reverse Commute Program (Section 5316) - provides funding for local programs that offer job access and reverse commute services to provide transportation for low income individuals who may live in the city core and work in suburban locations.
- New Freedom Program (Section 5317) - provides funding to encourage services and facility improvements to address the transportation needs of people with disabilities that go beyond those required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Transportation Innovations for Seniors - a report examines the needs, services, challenges and solutions to explore the concept, practice and promotion of transportation innovations in rural areas.
- Innovations for Seniors - a report that explores different innovations that public and community transit services have made to improve their service delivery to older adults.
- Aging Americas: Stranded Without Options -a report by the Surface Transportation Policy Project presents the finding of the 2001 National Household Transportation Survey on mobility in the aging population.
- Improving Public Transit Options for Older Persons - a publication that examines public transit services and make them convenient and attractive to older adults to maintain their independence. The report can be used by policy makers that serve older adults.
- Keeping Older Drivers Safe - Older Driver Safety Program offered by AARP to refresh the driving skills of older adults and help them adapt to a safe driving habits.
- Building an Individual Transportation Plan - A resource published by United We ride that examines the importance of transportation in education, employment, health and human services.
Some other resources for transportation providers on the NCST Web site are: