A multidisciplinary team of researchers is examining economic issues associated with providing transportation for the rural elderly and other socially disadvantaged populations.
The aging baby boomer population is increasing the importance of mobility issues, including transportation, to society, the researchers said, also noting studies are needed to examine potential alternatives to increase the mobility of the elderly including both private and public alternatives.
“There are several reasons why the elderly proportion of the rural population is increasing, including aging in place, people retiring to rural areas and outmigration of young people,” said Dr. James Mjelde, research team leader and professor of agricultural economics at Texas A&M University in College Station. “As people are living longer, transportation for healthcare and other needs becomes even more paramount.”
“Economics of Transportation Research Needs for Rural Elderly and Transportation Disadvantaged Populations” available here
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