Skip to Content
Streetsblog Los Angeles home
Streetsblog Los Angeles home
Log In
Transportation Policy

AARP Sends Its Transportation Priorities to Congress

AARP,
the Washington mega-force that lays claim to a membership base of 40
million older Americans, today threw its weight behind three
transportation policy changes in a letter to House members.

The
group asked Reps. Jim Oberstar (D-MN) and John Mica (R-FL), the
chairman and senior Republican on the House transportation committee,
to include "complete streets" language in their upcoming federal transportation bill.

AARP
is also seeking $500 million -- and the appointment of a special
assistant to the Transportation Secretary -- to help states implement
highway design standards aimed at ensuring safety for older drivers and
pedestrians.

Finally, the group suggested an expansion of the federal DOT's Section 5310 grant program,
which helps non-profit groups provide private transportation services
to senior citizens and the disabled. The requests were made in a letter
to Oberstar and Mica from David Sloane, senior vice president of
government relations for AARP. Sloane wrote:

[W]e urge you to consider measures to make communities safer and
more livable for older adults through expanded transportation services and
improved infrastructure. Transportation is inextricably linked to the
health and economic security outcomes that are so essential to the well-being
of older persons.

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog Los Angeles

Eyes on the Street: Hollywood Boulevard Bike Lanes are Open

The Hollywood bike lanes project, already very much in use, is also already being criticized by commenters at Nextdoor and other social media

July 17, 2024

Eyes on the Street: Vincent Bikeway is Coming Together

The new waterway bike/walk path - with on-street connections - is expected to open later this year

July 17, 2024

Don’t Believe the Hydrogen Train Hype

Calling hydrogen-powered trains "zero emission" is misleading at best - and even if they were, they lost the race to be "first" a long time ago

July 16, 2024
See all posts