Older Adults' Perceptions Regarding Transportation Services in San Jose, CA: Access, Barriers, and Innovations

Older adults require safe transportation options to connect with shopping, services, health and wellness programs, and social, spiritual, and leisure opportunities.  The purpose of this study is to examine the perceptions of older adults about barriers to the use of public transportation, programs or services that best meet transportation needs, and suggestions for improvements or innovations to enable them to engage more fully in their community.

The purpose of this study is to investigate the perceptions of older adults living in San Jose, California and who use public transportation about barriers to the use of public transportation in their community, and ideal programs and services.  Sub-questions include: How often and which types of transit services are accessed?  For which activities (social, religious, shopping, etc.) are transportation most needed? What times of day and days of the week are transit services most needed?  What are barriers and physical challenges to the use of public transportation?  What programs or services best meet their transportation needs?  Do older adults have alternatives to fixed route transportation? What innovations or improvements would enable older adults to engage more fully in their community?

Principal Investigator: 

Deborah J. Bolding, PhD

PI Contact Information: 

deborah.bolding@sjsu.edu
Department of Occupational Therapy
San José State University

Dates: 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Project Number: 

1738