Transportation for an Aging Population: Promoting Mobility and Equity for Low-Income Seniors

This study examines the travel needs, preferences, and mobility challenges faced by diverse (in terms of age and ethnicity) older low-income, inner city adults and offer recommendations to policymakers on how to enhance their mobility. Task 1: Survey of Policies and Interventions. We will identify what policies, programs, and interventions relating to travel by older adults are currently available in major US cities. This survey will allow the extraction of best practices and state-of-the-art information from mobility programs developed for low-income older adults cities (such as, for example, New York’s Senior Zones). Task 2: Literature Review. A review of literature from the planning, transportation and gerontology fields will provide insight into how the travel patterns of older adults differ from younger adults, and will help highlight the mobility needs and challenges encountered by diverse low-income older adults. An additional component of the literature review will be a Survey of Best Practices. Task 3: Analysis of California Household Travel Survey. An analysis of this database will give us some background information about the general characteristics of travel by older adults in the Los Angeles metropolitan area and California in general. Task 4: Travel Diaries. The project will ask older adults from Saint Barnabas Senior Services (SBSS) to compile travel diaries that detail their movements; the travel modes they use in the city; and the ways they reach different important destinations. Task 5: Focus groups. The project will conduct jointly 4-5 ethnicity- and gender- specific focus groups with older adults at SBSS of different genders, ages, and ethnic groups. Each focus group will be comprised of 6-10 participants, will be conducted in a language appropriate to the participants, will last for 1.5-2 hours, and will inquire about the older adults’ mobility patterns and travel behavior—how much they travel, trip frequency, how far they travel (distance), by which modes and for what purposes, what are their transportation needs and challenges for accessing neighborhood services and other destinations, and what trips they may wish to take, but cannot. Task 6: Development of Report: This report will summarize the research findings and will also include: (a) Recommendations for the enhanced mobility of different groups of low-income inner-city seniors; and (b) Methodology for collecting point-specific travel data for identifying mobility challenges, needs, and travel preferences among varied groups of low-income seniors.

    Language

    • English

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $70010
    • Contract Numbers:

      69A3551747127

    • 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:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Stearns, Amy

    • Performing Organizations:

      Mineta Consortium for Transportation Mobility

      San Jose State University
      San Jose, CA  United States  95112
    • Principal Investigators:

      Loukaitou-Sideris, Anastasia

    • Start Date: 20170901
    • Expected Completion Date: 20181231
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01639419
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Mineta Consortium for Transportation Mobility
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747127
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Jun 26 2017 2:38PM