Gated Communities & Boomers' Travel Behavior: Evidence from Developments for the Elderly

This project aims to improve understanding of older adult preferences for community settings and subsequent influences on older adult travel behavior. The basic objectives are to: (1) develop empirical evidence on older adults' choices of different types of community, particularly age-restricted active adult communities (ARAACs), and how those choices might affect travel; (2) subsequently inform community development decisions (including by relevant agencies and developers); (3) contribute to the ongoing and active research base on the influence of the built environment on travel behavior and the growing interest in promoting active living settings, including for the elderly. To date, the project has established the foundation for better understanding older adults' locational characteristics in the Boston Metro Area and is allowing us to gain preliminary insights into the relationship between the built environment and the travel behavior of older adults through the study of four different urban edge communities (two age-restricted communities, two matching non-age-restricted communities), utilizing focus groups.


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    • Status: Completed
    • Funding: $79539.00
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Research and Innovative Technology Administration

      Department of Transportation
      1200 New Jersey Avneue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Performing Organizations:

      New England University Transportation Center

      Massachusetts Institute of Technology
      77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 40-279
      Cambridge, MA  United States  01239
    • Principal Investigators:

      Ben-Joseph, Eran

      Zegras, P

    • Start Date: 20060901
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20070831
    • Source Data: RiP Project 19622

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01466321
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: New England University Transportation Center
    • Contract Numbers: DTRS99-G-0001, MITR19-7
    • Files: UTC, RiP, USDOT
    • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 3:14PM