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Inland Empire seniors have nation's second-worst access to public transit, study says

June 14, 2011 | 11:35 am

Seniors living in the Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario metropolitan area have the second-worst access to public transit in comparable areas across the nation, a new study shows.

More than 278,000 seniors between 65 and 79 in that area -- 69% -- are projected to have "poor transit access" by 2015, according to "Aging In Place, Stuck without Options" from the advocacy group Transportation for America.

Subpar access to transit for seniors is one of many issues facing urban planners and transportation agencies as the nation's population continues to age because of the baby-boom generation. Other key issues include sidewalks and crosswalks.

Late last month, the Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario metropolitan area also earned transportation notoriety as the same organization released a study saying it was one of the most dangerous places in the nation for pedestrians.

Researchers studying seniors used a complex method to rank the areas, including "access and intensity of transit in a given census block group."

New York, which is projected to have 562,464 seniors between 65 and 79 with poor transit access in 2015, was excluded from the rankings. Only Atlanta, which is projected to have 90% of its seniors with poor transit access that same year, beat out Riverside-San Bernardino.


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