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Research Project
Senior Livability and Aging in Place

Developing more livable communities with greater transportation alternatives while expanding housing choices to improve the economic competiveness of neighborhoods are key livability principles put forth by the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT, 2015). Senior livability is a growing issue that highlighting all of these principles and more. The American population continues to mature with an impending 'aging tsunami' just a few years away. It is projected that by 2050, the number of Americans sixty-five years old or older will increase to more than 83 million, nearly double its current population of 43 million (U.S. Census, 2012). Public transportation provides freedom to much of the aging population who would otherwise be forced to give up their lifestyles. Critics of publicly funded transportation argue that many of the aging population would be better off relocating to larger communities where desired services are more readily available while public transportation proponents believe that it is more desirable for aging Americans in rural areas to remain in their homes and utilize public transportation. This is a topic that receives a lot of discussion, but very little research has attempted to quantify the actual cost.


The objective of this research is to quantify the cost of riding transit while living in rural and small urban areas versus relocating to larger communities. A nationwide effort will quantify the costs at the regional, state, and local level, where available.

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