America is aging — by 2030, 20 percent of the population will be 65 or older, up from 14 percent today. It’s a demographic shift with big implications for urban transportation. Older Americans drive less but still want to get out and experience their cities.
In a new briefing paper based on extensive surveys, TransitCenter shares recommendations to better serve America’s aging population [PDF]. Here are five takeaways for transit agencies and cities to help people age in place by providing transit service that meets their needs.
The basics of good service still matter
First, it’s important to understand that some things don’t change as people get older. Access to frequent, reliable service is the top priority for transit riders 65 and older, according to a TransitCenter survey, the same as it is for younger riders. Transit agencies have to start with the basics of good service.