Transportation & Community

Transportation & Community

Transportation is critical to everyday life. More than simply getting from point A to point B, transportation is the key to independence, freedom and meaningful engagement for older people. Sponsored by the US Department of Transportation New England University Transportation Center, the insurance industry, Santos Family Foundation, automobile industry, pharmaceutical manufacturers and selected governments around the world, AgeLab’s research addresses transportation safety, impact of health, wellness and medication use on operator performance, personal transportation choices, future travel demand, the promise and trade-offs of new technologies in the automobile, vehicle services and design, and mobility alternatives in the context of livable communities in the United States and around the world. 

 

Selected projects include:

This study explores the impact of caregiving for older adults on mobility and travel patterns. Specifically, the focus is on how caregivers manage trips on behalf of another who receives care....
How are transportation planners and policy makers responding to the coming mobility demands of the United States’ aging baby boomers? Previous research (pre-SAFETEA-LU) was conducted surveying...
Older individuals represent the fastest growing portion of the population in the United States. This, coupled with the debilitating effects of the loss of independence, makes reduced driving or...
The workload associated with driving involves both the physical activities of the driving task as well as the cognitive thought processes necessary to manage the physical elements. Arguments can be...
In collaboration with the MIT Department of Urban Studies & Planning, this project will show how different types of communities affect older adult travel behavior and to thus derive lessons for...
AgeLab researchers are conducting a longitudinal study of the evolution of older driver testing and licensing politics. The work includes tracking developments across the United States, e.g., policy...
AgeLab has teamed with researchers from MIT’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning to examine the availability, affordability and...
The MIT AgeLab, in collaboration with the The Hartford Advance 50 Team, USDOT New England University Transportation Center, American Occupational Therapy Association, and to learn more about people...

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