Mobility disparities among older adults affect their ability to travel and access services. This project seeks to understand challenges, barriers, and gaps that older adults experience and to develop forms of assistance or educational strategies to fill the varying mobility gaps and meet the mobility needs. This study characterizes older adults’ use of existing and potential transportation options, including conventional transit, paratransit, and ride-hailing systems, based on surveys and interviews collected from community-dwelling older adults in Dallas, Texas. Through the interview during the pandemic, the research team found that perceptual and knowledge barriers appear to be reduced among older adults to adopt new mobility options such as ride-hailing although financial and technology barriers still exist. Based on the findings, we discussed several strategies that can potentially reduce observed barriers and challenges and enhance mobility to ultimately increase social equity across transportation-disadvantaged populations, particularly among low-income older adults.
KEY LEARNING OUTCOMES
The audience will evaluate older adults’ actual usages, awareness, willingness to utilize, and any associated challenges and barriers to access available transportation options.
The audience will identify factors enhancing resilience among marginalized older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The talk will demonstrate how older adults’ heterogenous characteristics, expectations, motivations, and goals influence their satisfaction with different transportation options.
This webinar is based on a study funded by the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) and conducted at the University of Texas at Arlington. Read more about the research: Developing Strategies To Enhance Mobility And Accessibility For Community-Dwelling Older Adults.