Keeping Seniors Moving
Keeping seniors on the move is a top goal for SamTrans. As a way to make that goal a reality, the transit agency joined the San Mateo County Senior Mobility Initiative, a coalition of concerned agencies wanting to keep older people, including those with disabilities, safe and connected to their communities as problems related to aging make it harder for them to get around.Maintaining senior mobility is a concern because:
- The number of older people in San Mateo County is expected to double in the next 20 years. The number of older county residents who have difficulty driving or can’t drive also will mushroom.
- Compared to the recent past, more older people will live in places that are difficult to serve by public transportation and will not be accustomed to using public transportation.
- Existing alternatives to driving and conventional public transportation, especially Paratransit, such as Redi-Wheels, will not be able to meet all the needs of seniors who must limit or cease driving.
- Because of recent waves of immigration, increasing numbers of older people will have difficulty accessing available transportation due to language and cultural barriers.
For additional information regarding seniors staying mobile, please click HERE.
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