Investigating the Usability and Effectiveness of Public Transportation Technology in Older Adults during a Public Health Crisis

Mobility, as in travel in and around one’s community, is often a challenge for older adults (i.e., individuals aged 65 years and older). Limitations due to age-related decline and, recently, the fear of the pandemic have led many adults to avoid travel. However, since maintaining mobility and independence may be associated with older adults’ physical and mental health, it is critical to investigate how this population maintains mobility during a public health crisis (e.g., COVID-19 pandemic). In many metropolitan areas, public transportation is one of the leading transit sources for older adults, especially those who may not be able to drive or have no access to personal vehicles. However, using public transportations may rely heavily on technologies (particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic) such as smartphone apps (e.g., Caltrain Mobile, Clippers) that help users purchase tickets and find routes/stations. A lack of accessibility to this technology for older adults could cause them to lose mobility in their communities when it is needed most. It is unclear whether or not these technology apps (1) are accessible for older adults, and (2) accommodate the mobility needs of older adults. Therefore, this project aims to investigate older adults’ use of public transportation technology during a public health crisis. A mixed-method research design will be conducted to address how older adults utilize technology to access public transportation.

    Language

    • English

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $6547
    • 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
    • Performing Organizations:

      Mineta Consortium for Transportation Mobility

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

      Huang, Gaojian

      Etu, Egbe-Etu

    • Start Date: 20211001
    • Expected Completion Date: 20220430
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01784855
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Mineta Consortium for Transportation Mobility
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747127
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Oct 14 2021 4:28PM