Over 150,000 older adults in the Nashville area are expected to be without sufficient access to public transit within the next four years. That’s according to a report issued by Transportation for America and the AARP.
Nashville ranked number four on the list of cities of one to three million with poor access to public transportation. The study compared the number of senior citizens to the number of transit access points in the city.
Karin Miller of the AARP says this number greatly affects Nashville’s older adults. She says seniors who have stopped driving need to be able to get to stores, doctors, and churches.
“Everyone wants to stay in their homes and their communities as they age, but they have to be connected to those communities, and they have to be able to get around in their neighborhoods. And that’s why we really hope that this report serves as a wake-up call.”
Miller said that Nashville needs to increase the number of bus lines and the quality of sidewalks in order to make the city more accessible.