Travel Behavior of the Aging Boomers: Evidence from Age-Restricted Communities (Phase III)

The first phase of this project established the foundation for better understanding older adults' locational characteristics in the Boston Metro Area and allowed us to gain preliminary insights into the relationship between the built environment and the travel behavior of older adults through the use of focus groups in four different urban edge communities. The second phase of this project built from the first, via the development and implementation - in Spring 2008 - of a mail-back residential preferences survey, an attitudinal travel survey, and a one-day travel diary disseminated to 7,000 "leading edge" boomers' households in suburban Boston, aiming to match residents from age-restricted, active adult communities (ARAAC) with those in "traditional" suburban counterpart communities. This proposed third phase of the research builds logically from the second, with two main objectives. First, we will continue analysis of the survey results, with a particular focus on the implications for policy, urban design and transportation systems. Second, we will begin to compare data previously obtained on leading edge baby boomers (55-65 year olds) from suburban age-restricted communities to their counterparts in denser urban areas, particularly naturally occurring retirement communities (NORCs).


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    • Status: Completed
    • Funding: $111249.00
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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: 20090401
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20110831
    • Source Data: RiP Project 24543

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01480770
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: New England University Transportation Center
    • Contract Numbers: DTRT07-G-0001, MITR21-8
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: May 7 2013 1:01AM