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Older Adults

The AARP Public Policy Institute researches and reports on issues facing older adults; promotes development of sound, creative policies to address our common need for economic security, health care, and quality of life.

Community Transportation Association of America, “senior transportation” webpages address issues and provides resources related to transportation to health care, employment, and other destinations for older adults.

ElderCare Locator. A national database, searchable by zip code, to help older adults and their families locate providers of needed services, including transportation. A public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging.

Expanding Specialized Transportation: New Opportunities Under the Affordable Care Act. This report explains how states can use untapped funding options under the Affordable Care Act to expand services for targeted low-income populations with mobility needs. This report also presents two case studies illustrating how the Atlanta region and the state of Connecticut are making this work. Listen to the podcast introducing the research findings. (AARP Public Policy Institute, 2015).

Funding the Public Transportation Needs of an Aging Population. This report by APTA a) identifies the range of actions that will be needed to expand mobility options for older people, including accessible public transportation services; b) quantifies the demand for these public transportation services; and c) estimates the funding that will be needed to provide them. (American Public Transportation Association, 2010).

How the Travel Patterns of Older Adults Are Changing: Highlights from the 2009 National Household Travel Survey. This summary explores changing transportation-related behaviors among older adults related to transit use and driving. (AARP Public Policy Institute, 2011).

National Aging and Disability Transportation Center. Promotes the availability and accessibility of transportation options for older adults, people with disabilities, caregivers,
and communities.

Section 5310 Circular: Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program Guidance and Application Instructions (June 6, 2014). FTA C 9070.1G and Section 5310 Fact Sheet with FAST Act changes (2016).

Senior Corps and Volunteer Transportation. (November 29, 2016) One of the most critical issues for aging and elderly Americans is the need for viable forms of transportation. Given the high level of aging demographics, this will be an important issue for years to come. Senior Corps has been in discussions with the Federal Transit Administration about new opportunities that mobility management presents for volunteers. This webinar discussed how to build the capacity of your community volunteers around mobility management to create reliable and safe transportation solutions for older adults and people with disabilities. View the archived recording of this webinar.

Strengthening Inclusive Transportation Partnerships to Promote Community Living. This project is sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Community Living and support communities nationwide in adopting sustainable, scalable, and replicable models that include participation of people with disabilities and older adults in the design and implementation of responsive, coordinated transportation systems.

Transportation for Older Adults: Measuring Results Could Help Determine If Coordination Efforts Improve Mobility (Government Accountability Office, Dec. 2014)

Weaving It Together: A Tapestry of Transportation Funding for Older Adults. This report highlights the major sources of federal funding for older adult transportation and presents seven case studies of local providers from around the country to illustrate how they combine federal, state, and local funding to put quality service on the street. It also provides examples of how local and state coordination efforts can expand the reach of services funded. (AARP Public Policy Institute, 2013).