Source: David Koffman, Richard Weiner, Amy Pfeiffer, Scott Chapman, American Public Transportation Association, March 2010
From the press release:
To serve the rapidly growing portion of Americans older than 65, public transportation will incur increased operating and capital costs on the order of another $3.9 billion annually by 2030, according to a new study conducted for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).
The study highlights the need for increased operational needs to address the growing senior population. This includes more bus operator training, incorporating travel needs of older people in route planning and stop placement, and coordination with other agencies and transportation providers. Increased capital needs include more low-floor and kneeling buses, improved interior circulation, additional stanchions and grab bars, and other accessibility features, according to the study, Funding the Public Transportation Needs of an Aging Population.
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