Understanding Perceptions of Transportation for Livable Communities

Older adults often face the decision of whether to relocate or to age in their current communities as they approach retirement age. While many factors impact this decision, transportation is an increasingly important component of successful aging that should be considered. This study will investigate the importance of transportation in older adults’ decisions to age-in-place or to relocate. Specifically, this research will examine where transportation ranks in the decision-making process as compared to other factors, such as proximity to family and friends, access to healthcare, and housing considerations. This study will utilize both interviews and a national survey to understand where transportation fits in to people’s retirement plans and how mobility does or does not play a significant role in relocation decisions. This study will also compare people’s perceptions of accessibility and mobility within their communities to objective ratings of transportation using existing livable rating systems.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $170000
  • Contract Numbers:


    Project MITR25-55

  • 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:

    New England University Transportation Center

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

    Coughlin, Joseph

  • Performing Organizations:

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

    77 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02139
  • Principal Investigators:

    Brady, Samantha

  • Start Date: 20180901
  • Expected Completion Date: 20190630
  • Actual Completion Date: 20190604
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01707486
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: New England University Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC13, Project MITR25-55
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jun 3 2019 1:28PM