New report sheds light on ageing society with increasingly poor access to public transport (USA)

By Raf Canters / Updated: 01 Aug 2014
The new APTA report is an alarm bell for Europe: as our society keeps on ageing and urban sprawl and motorisation increases, ever more older people are living in areas with poor access to public transport.
According to a new report released by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) more than 15 million older Americans (aged 65+) will live in communities poorly served by public transport in the year 2015. Although the USA is one of the most car-dependent countries in the world, the same trend prevails in most other industrialised countries: a generation has grown up driving the car and now that they are in an advanced age they find themselves often without any alternatives for mobility.

The APTA report titled ‘Ageing in Place, Stuck without Options’ ranks selected American settlements according to the percentage of older people who do not have proper access to public transport. The report is accompanied by an interactive tool on the ‘Transportation for America’ website, where one can visualise the spatial distribution of the percentage of senior population and their level of access to public transportation.

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Source: Metro Magazine
Photo source: Transportation for America
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