There is a great need for specialized transportation for Wisconsin older adults as the number of elderly Wisconsinites grows. The demand for transportation far exceeds the available resources, especially in rural areas. Hence, it is important to have a better understand of the mobility needs for older adults in Wisconsin to create and maintain an equitable and accessible network. The objectives of the research are to:(1) provide the public transit community with an improved understanding of travel needs and barriers for older adults in using public transport and paratransit services; (2) examine the relevant factors and anticipated trends (e.g., new information and communication technologies) that may affect attitudes, travel patterns, and lifestyle options of older adults in Wisconsin; and (3) provide guidance on how these changes may shape Wisconsin public transport marketing strategies, operations improvements, service design, and future capital investments.

Project Details

Project ID


Start Date
January 28, 2021

End Date
December 31, 2021

Focus Areas
Data Analytics, Modeling and Simulation
Economy and Policy
Urban Mobility

US Dept Of Transportation
Wi Dept Of Transportation

Research Centers
Institute for Physical Infrastructure and Transportation (IPIT)

Principal Investigator

Schrader,Michael H
Researcher, Institute for Physical Infrastructure and Transportation (IPIT)

Co-Principal Investigator

Graettinger, Andrew J
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Associate Dean for Research, Engineering & Applied Science Office of the Dean