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APTA seeks public transit options for seniors

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) recently launched a program designed to entice senior citizens to use public transportation.

Through the "Easy Rider: Advancing Mobility Needs for Aging Americans" initiative, APTA is sharing activities, sample materials and case studies collected from transit agencies that have taken steps to make public transit more attractive to senior citizens with its members. Initiatives include reducing fares, using low-floor vehicles and offering personalized travel training sessions. APTA will continue to collect and share information for Easy Rider.

During the next 20 years, the number of Americans age 65 and older will double from 35 million to 70 million, according to APTA. Currently, more than half of all non-drivers age 65 and older stay home because transportation options are limited, the association said.

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