Research Program Design---Administration of Highway and Transportation Agencies. Transportation Mobility, Access and Safety for an Aging Population

The U.S. Census reports that nearly 35 million people, over 12 percent of the nation's total population in 2000, were 65 years of age or older, and the number and percentage are projected to continue their rapid growth. This older population group has a special interest in the mobility and access that our transportation system can provide to enable them to continue to lead active and independent lives. Access to health care is a predominant concern, but continued independence also requires mobility to support recreation and leisure activities, shopping, and other daily-living pursuits. Older drivers, pedestrians and transit users raise additional special concerns regarding transportation system safety and security. Government agencies at federal and state levels are addressing some of these concerns. The Federal Transit Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services have programs supporting transit and vanpool operations to meet the transportation needs of the elderly in urban and rural areas. The state of Florida, for example, is enlarging some highway street signs from 12 to 36 inches to accommodate the diminished vision of elderly drivers. The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) has been revised to include recommendations geared to assisting and protecting the elderly, such as enlarged letters on street signs and rescue islands built in the median of wide streets to better accommodate elderly pedestrians. More substantial action may be needed, however. Observers expect that the aging baby-boom generation will continue to lead active lives long after retirement. In looking forward, the number of over-65 drivers on the nation's roads could more than double during the next three decades, to some 60 million; the numbers of aged pedestrians and transit riders will likewise grow. What additional transportation system facilities and services will be required to enable these older transportation-system users to maintain their active lifestyles and system safety and reliability? The objective of this project was to conduct a symposium on the stake that our elderly population has in current transportation system facilities and services, including those directed specifically at meeting their mobility and access needs, and to discuss what additional transportation system facilities and services will be needed over the next 20 years to provide mobility and access for the growing aged population. <br /><br />


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $114274.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-24(24)

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Jencks, Crawford

  • Performing Organizations:

    Westat, Incorporated

    1650 Research Boulevard
    Rockville, MD  United States  20850

    Transportation Research Board

    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Principal Investigators:

    Burkhardt, Jon

  • Start Date: 20030520
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20050930
  • Source Data: RiP Project 16801

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01464598
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-24(24)
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:45PM