A new report issued by the League's transportation partner in Washington D.C., Transportation for America, finds that a great many aging boomers will not have access to public transportation where they live by 2015.
The report, "Aging In Place, Stuck without Options", studied access to public transit in metropolitan areas across the country and found that over 15 million people over the age of 65 will be unable to access public transportation.
As noted by Transportation for America co-chair, John Robert Smith, one of the issues for policy makers to consider is what will happen "when the largest generation in America, with the longest lifespand in our history, outlives their ability to drive for everything?"
With folks in DC in discussions on a new transportation authorization act and Governor Snyder looking to make his mark with a transportation/infrastructure message early this fall, this and other long-term questions will need to be considered.
Arnold Weinfeld is Director of Strategic Initiatives and Federal Affairs for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at 517-908-0304 or by e-mail.