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Travel behaviors of older adults in Mexico City

Authors: Jessica Villena Sanchez*, University of Denver, Eric Boschmann , University of Denver
Topics: Transportation Geography, Urban and Regional Planning, Latin America
Keywords: Travel behaviors, older adults, Mexico City, accessibility
Session Type: Paper
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Populations around the world are aging, fertility is declining, and people are living longer and have healthier lives compared to previous cohorts. In developed countries the increasing longevity combined with a rapidly declining fertility is causing fast growth of older adults populations. Moreover, ageing populations in developing countries are increasing at an even more rapid pace than in developed countries in the past. Mexico City represents an interesting case study, as it is the largest city in Latin America that is going through a demographic transition. Currently, 1.2 million adults aged 60 or older live in the city and as this number is projected to increase. By 2030, 20.45% of the population in the City will be 60 or older. Hence, it becomes crucial to identify the best ways to provide transportation solutions and better address the mobility needs of this growing sector of the society. By analyzing an Origin Destination Survey in 2017 and the distribution of public transit spatial data, this research seeks to answer the following research questions 1) What are the travel behaviors and transport mode choice of older adults in Mexico City, according to the 2017 O-D Survey, and how does it compare to existing literature of older adult travel behaviors in other locations? 2) Where are the neighborhoods with statistically different accessibility to transportation infrastructure?

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