A recently released report regarding mass transit for seniors shows Nashville ranking as the fourth worst U.S. city with a metropolitan population of 1 million or more.
Commissioned by Transportation for America and titled “Aging in Place, Stuck without Options,” the report shows that Nashville’s percentage of citizens aged 65 to 79 and with poor mass transit access projects to be 85 percent in 2015.
Only Atlanta, Kansas City and Oklahoma City project to have higher percentages. Raleigh-Durham, N.C., ranks No. 5, with a projected 80 percent of its seniors expected to have poor access to mass transit by 2015.
“Aging in Place, Stuck without Options” determined that in a majority of metro areas with 1 million or more people, more than half of all seniors aged 65 to 79 will have poor access to mass transit in 2015. “Poor access” was defined as a metro area having fewer than two bus, rail or ferry routes within walking distance of any citizen.
Washington, D.C.-based Transportation for America, a coalition that promotes transportation infrastructure investment, predicts the number of senior citizens with poor access to mass transit will increase 35 percent between 2000 and 2015 in the nation’s major metropolitan areas.