Streets 2004 - How Far Have We Come? The latest
in STPP's series on transportation safety
Americans: Stranded Without Options The demographics
of the United States will change dramatically during
the next 25 years as more baby boomers reach their 60s,
70s and beyond. The U.S. Census Bureau projects that
the number of Americans age 65 or older will swell from
35 million today to more than 62 million by 2025 - nearly
an 80 percent increase. As people grow older, they often
become less willing or able to drive, making it necessary
to depend on alternative methods of transportation.
the United States is currently ill prepared to provide
adequate transportation choices for our rapidly aging
population. Alternatives to driving are sparse, particularly
in some regions and in rural and small town communities.
As the number of older people increases, so too will
their mobility needs. How the nation addresses this
issue will have significant social and economic ramifications.
presents new findings based on the National Household
Transportation Survey of 2001 and places them in the
context of other research on mobility in the aging population.