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By 2030, all Baby Boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) will be 65 and older in the U.S. However, the understanding of how Baby Boomers travel differently from the previous generations, and the opportunities and challenges of older people's travel, do not keep pace with the increasing number of older people. This presentation starts with an overview of transportation policies for older people and challenges, followed by several empirical studies investigating older people's generational travel differences, vehicle ownership over the life course, and the interaction of technology usage and travel among older people. It concludes with a policy agenda and a theoretical framework of transportation planning for future aging populations.

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Shengxiao (Alex) Li is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Planning, Public Policy, and Management at the University of Oregon (UO). Prior to joining UO, he was an adjunct lecturer and a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Riverside. His research interests broadly cover transportation equity issues, interaction of land use and transportation, urban planning for an aging society, and local sustainability actions and governance. His recent research projects examine local climate actions in the Inland Southern California, the role of built environment in traffic stop decisions, and equitable transit-oriented development. His recent peer-reviewed publications appear in major transportation, planning, and social policy journals including Journal of American Planning Association, Journal of Planning Literature, Transportation Research Part A, Transportation, and Journal of Aging and Social Policy. He holds a PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and obtained his master's and bachelor's degrees from Peking University, China.

Transportation Planning in an Aging Society



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