Disability, Aging, and Demand-Response Transportation

Many older adults and people with disabilities in the US experience inadequate access to affordable and reliable transportation. Individuals with the most severe disabilities, particularly those individuals unable or ineligible to drive and/or encounter barriers to using public transit, often rely on specialized demand-response transport services that operate door-to-door such as ADA paratransit, senior rides, and non-emergency medical transportation, for community mobility. Little is known about the individual and environmental factors that influence use and dependance on these services, and the extent to which characteristics of the neighborhood where they live facilitate or hinder their mobility, access to essential services, and social participation.

This project page lists a collection of research studies conducted by our group and related tools for data analysis that examine different aspects of and interactions between disability, aging, environmental (e.g., socioeconomic, neighborhood characteristics) factors and demand-response transportation use in a few select cities.

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Sponsors:
National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) through grant numbers #90IF0094 (2015-2018; PI: Clive D’Souza), and #90RTHF0001 (2018-2023; PI: Michelle Meade).

Related Studies and Data Analysis Tools: