Transportation Mobility Among Low-Income, Transportation Disadvantaged Older Adults Living in a Low Density Urban Environment Using Innovative Data Collection Methods

This study takes a critical next step in understanding transportation mobility and its impact on quality of life among low-income, transportation disadvantaged older adults in a low-density urban environment. Extant research on transportation mobility and desired travel in later life is severely limited by traditional travel diary data-collection methods that do not take into account the lived experiences of older adults. The study will use an intensive ecological, longitudinal design to understand the actual and desired travel experiences of older adults in Tarrant County, Texas, the tenth most sprawling metropolitan area in the United States (US). In doing so, the project's goal is to capture more in-depth, perceptual data than is feasible with closed-ended surveys and static data collection methods. To this end, the project will design an innovative electronic daily transportation diary for older adults using oral entries compared to traditional pencil-and paper methods. Research supports the use of tablet devices for collecting questionnaire data among older adults; however, scant research has been conducted on the use of tablets to collect intensive ecological data from older populations. The findings from this study can be used by community and public/governmental agencies to identify and prioritize the transportation needs of low income older adults. In addition, findings will contribute to future studies using technology to measure transportation mobility and desired travel needs among older populations.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $119998
  • Contract Numbers:

    DTRT13-G-UTC60 TRC-16-09

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities

    Western Michigan University
    Kalamazoo, MI  United States  49009-5316

    Western Michigan University

    1903 W. Michigan Avenue
    Kalamazoo, MI  United States  49008-5241
  • Project Managers:

    Dunn, Denise

  • Performing Organizations:

    Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities

    Western Michigan University
    Kalamazoo, MI  United States  49009-5316

    University of Texas, Arlington

    Dept. of Civil Engineering
    Box 19308
    Arlington, TX  United States  76019
  • Principal Investigators:

    Adorno, Gail

    Cronley, Courtney

    Mattingly, Stephen

  • Start Date: 20160901
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180531
  • Actual Completion Date: 20180711
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers
  • Subprogram: Research

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01610407
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC60 TRC-16-09
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Sep 9 2016 10:52AM