Most of the resources for transportation are private, rather than public. Private dollars for transportation outnumber public dollars 5 to 1. More than 20% of American household expenditures are for transportation, and most of those dollars are spent on the private automobile. Transportation is the second highest household expense after housing. For older people, 9 out of 10 trips are taken in a private automobile, which is purchased, financed, insured, fueled, maintained and garaged with private resources. For the over 65 population, only 2% of trips are taken on public transport. As we work to build sustainable, scalable transportation for America’s aging population, there is an important role for policies that remove barriers to the use of these vast resources.
The goal of the 50 State Policy Project is to improve mobility for older people by expanding the pool of resources available for senior transportation through public policies that remove barriers and create incentives for the use of private resources. The project builds on a demonstrated record of success in several states and inventories current practice in all 50 states.
Policies that remove barriers or create incentives for the use of private resources:
ITNAmerica's mission is to support sustainable, community-based transportation services for seniors through research, policy analysis and education, and by promoting lifelong safety and mobility. See more at: www.ITNAmerica.org/what-we-do-for-seniors To help fulfill this mission, ITNAmerica works diligently to educate national, state and local policy makers, citizens, and governments about barriers and incentives for economically sustainable senior transportation. By sharing research, policy analysis, and information about the economic, health and safety benefits to communities as well as to seniors, ITNAmerica seeks to help communities ensure the continued mobility of citizens of all ages.