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(June 14, 2011) New Report: Most Aging Baby Boomers Will Live In Places With Poor Mobility Options
Study ranks metros according to seniors' access to public transportation
WHAT: By 2015, more than 15.5 million Americans 65 and older will live in communities where public transportation service is poor or non-existent, according to a new report by Transportation for America, Aging in Place: Stuck without Options. That number is expected to grow rapidly as the baby boom generation ages "in place" in suburbs and exurbs with few mobility options for those who do not drive. The report ranks metro areas - including San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, and Sacramento metro areas - by the percentage of seniors with poor access to public transportation, now and in the coming years, and presents other data on aging and transportation. Millions of older Americans will require affordable alternatives to driving in order to maintain their well-being and independence and avoid isolation, reduced quality of life and increased economic hardship.
In a June 14 telebriefing, the report authors and experts on aging and transportation will discuss the report's findings and the consequences of failing to address the needs of older Americans.
John Robert Smith, President and CEO, Reconnecting America; co-chair, Transportation for America
Peter M. Haas, Ph.D., Chief Research Scientist, Center for Neighborhood Technology
Cristina Martin Firvida, Government Affairs Director for Financial Security and Consumer Affairs, AARP
Cathie Berger, Division Chief, Area Agency on Aging, Atlanta, GA
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Please contact Kyle Moler (firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-478-6173) to RSVP and receive the call-in information.
TRANSPORTATION FOR AMERICA (T4) is the largest, most diverse coalition working on transportation reform today. Our nation's transportation network is based on a policy that has not been significantly updated since the 1950's. We believe it is time for a bold new vision — transportation that guarantees our freedom to move however we choose and leads to a stronger economy, greater energy security, cleaner environment, and healthier America for all of us. We're calling for more responsible investment of our federal tax dollars to create a safer, cleaner, smarter transportation system that works for everyone. www.t4america.org
TRANSFORM (formerly the Transportation and Land Use Coalition) works to create world-class public transportation and walkable communities in the Bay Area and beyond. TransForm builds diverse coalitions, influences policy, and develops innovate programs to improve the lives of all people and protect the environment. TransForm has offices in Oakland, Sacramento, and San Jose. www.TransFormCA.org
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