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T R A N S I T C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M TCRP REPORT 168 TRANSPORTAT ION RESEARCH BOARD WASHINGTON, D.C. 2014 www.TRB.org Research sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration in cooperation with the Transit Development Corporation Subject Areas Public Transportation â¢ Passenger Transportation â¢ Safety and Human Factors Travel Training for Older Adults Part I: A Handbook Jon E. Burkhardt David J. Bernstein Kathryn Kulbicki Westat Rockville, MD David W. Eby Lisa J. Molnar University of Michigan transportation research institUte Ann Arbor, MI Charles A. Nelson nelson DevelopMent, ltD. Akron, OH James M. McLary Mclary ManageMent Bloomington, IN
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C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M S CRP STAFF FOR TCRP REPORT 168, PART I Christopher W. Jenks, Director, Cooperative Research Programs Lawrence D. Goldstein, Senior Program Officer Anthony P. Avery, Senior Program Assistant Eileen P. Delaney, Director of Publications Natassja Linzau, Editor TCRP PROJECT B-41 PANEL Field of Service Configuration Corinne G. Goodrich, San Francisco, CA (Chair) Vincent Allen Brown, Charlotte, NC Betsy Buxer, MV Transportation, Phoenix, AZ Karl M. Johanson, Council on Aging & Human Services, Colfax, WA Minnie Fells Johnson, Plantation, FL Cherie Leporatti, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC Denis P. Paddeu, Rappahannock Area Agency on Aging, Fredericksburg, VA Jonathan V. Rubell, The Kennedy Center, Inc., Trumbull, CT Michael J. VanDekreke, Regional Transportation Authority, Chicago, IL Julie Wilcke, Ride Connection, Inc., Portland, OR Pamela Brown, FTA Liaison Robert Carlson, Community Transportation Association of America Liaison
F O R E W O R D By Lawrence D. Goldstein Staff Officer Transportation Research Board TCRP Report 168: Travel Training for Older Adults presents a comprehensive roadmap for how to help make travel training meet the mobility needs of older persons. The report includes an executive summary, a detailed Handbook, and a supplemental research report. The Handbook, Part I, provides an extensive set of guidelines for transit agencies and human services providers on how to build and implement training programs to help older adults who are able to use fixed route public transit. The supplemental research report, Part II, reviews the research plan that produced this report as well as the case studies used to formulate the overall strategic program. The Handbook addresses the primary components of an effective travel training pro- gram. It defines the target market for travel training; identifies incentives and barriers to participation in training programs and subsequent use of conventional public transit; pre- sents effective marketing and outreach strategies; describes opportunities and techniques for customized training; identifies and describes methods to monitor outcomes, refine techniques, and sustain ridership; and outlines how to address cost-effectiveness from the perspective of the provider as well as the recipient of training efforts. The Handbook focuses on practical implementation, drawing on experience from programs currently in use throughout the country. Travel training for older adults has become more common because it encourages greater ridership using conventional public transit services, and because transferring ridership from paratransit to conventional public transit can potentially decrease overall transit sys- tem operating costs. At the same time, there is interest in improving the quality of life of older adultsâexpanding opportunities for increased mobility and continued independence for those not otherwise constrained by physical or cognitive disabilities. To meet these growing demands, transit operators need better information to under- stand how effective travel training can increase ridership, which older adults are likely to benefit from travel training, what barriers have to be overcome, and what elements of travel training programs are linked to greater success among different groups of older adults. This information should be useful to professionals engaged in the practice of travel training as well as other individuals interested in increasing the mobility of older persons, and it should also be of keen interest to older persons and persons with disabilities who are interested in learning more about how public transportation can meet their travel needs when and where possible. The Handbook is built on experience gleaned from seven detailed case studies and 13 additional studies examined in a broader context. It describes key issues that should frame a training program, how to improve current travel training practices, potential obstacles,
and how to overcome those obstacles. As described, the fundamentals of any travel training program must address how to reach out to affected communities to draw users in, as well as how to identify and present benefits as well as costs of training in support of program implementation. The transit industry and local jurisdictions can use the resources provided in this report to initiate or improve travel training programs for older persons as well as persons with disabilities. The Handbook and supplemental research report highlight best practices by leaders in the travel training field and provide suggestions for improving travel training practices. Various training practices are discussed in depth, and factors for success are enu- merated. In particular, practitioners should focus their attention on key features of suc- cessful programs as presented in the report, and they should understand the challenges that such programs typically face.
C O N T E N T S 1 Chapter 1 How to Use this Handbook 1 Objectives of this Handbook 2 Information Sources 2 Roadmap to the Handbook 3 Data Limitations 5 Chapter 2 Introduction to Travel Training 5 The Promise of Travel Training 6 Key Issues in Travel Training 8 Travel Training: How Itâs Supposed to Work 11 Fundamentals of Travel Training Programs 13 Benefits of Travel Training 15 Potential Challenges to Travel Training Programs 17 Chapter 3 Characteristics of Successful Travel Training Programs 17 The Attributes of Successful Programs 17 Components of Successful Travel Training Programs 21 Finding the Right Combination of Factors 23 Chapter 4 âHow toâ Information 23 Why Get Involved with Travel Training? 24 What Travel Skills Will You Try to Promote? 24 What Makes an Effective Travel Training Program? 26 How Do You Set Up an Effective Travel Training Program in Your Community? 27 What Resources Are Needed for an Effective and Sustainable Travel Training Program? 29 How Can You Establish and Implement Programs to Train and Support Travel Trainers? 29 Whatâs Needed to Account for Your Expenses? 30 How Do You Measure the Benefits of Travel Training? 33 How Do You Set Up an Effective Outreach, Education, and Marketing Program? 34 What Tools and Techniques Are Useful? 35 What Are Some Obstacles That Your Travel Training Program Might Encounter? 36 How Can You Integrate Travel Training with Mobility Management Efforts? 37 Recapping These Questions 38 Chapter 5 Improved Travel Training Practices
40 Chapter 6 Brief Case Studies 40 Highlights of the Case Study Selection Process 40 Data Limitations 41 Case Study Reports 42 Via Mobility Services Travel Training Via Mobility Services Boulder, Colorado 45 RTA Travel Training Program Regional Transportation Authority Chicago, Illinois 47 NJTIP @ Rutgers Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey New Brunswick, New Jersey 50 RideWise Ride Connection Portland, Oregon 53 Freedom to Go Riverside Transit Agency Riverside, California 56 Paratransit Mobility Training Paratransit, Inc. Sacramento, California 59 Senior Mobility Orientation, Travel Training, and Other Training The Kennedy Center, Inc. Trumbull, Connecticut 61 Summary 62 Glossary of Technical Terms 62 Key Transportation Concepts 65 Federal Legislation and Programs 66 Sources for the Glossary 67 Appendix A List of Information Sources 70 Appendix B Suggested Contents for Travel Training Program Forms Note: Many of the photographs, figures, and tables in this report have been converted from color to grayscale for printing. The electronic version of the report (posted on the Web at www.trb.org) retains the color versions.