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Jana Lynott is a senior strategic policy adviser with the AARP Public Policy Institute, where she manages the AARP transportation research agenda. As a land use and transportation planner, she brings practical expertise to the research field.

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The Infrastructure of Inequality

Posted on 10/21/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family | Public Policy InstitutePut people first. That was a theme of the first national Walk Summit in Washington, D.C., Oct. 1-3. Unfortunately the message relayed by several participants was not encouraging. “I feel my life is worth less than nothing,” said one self-described vulnerable road user as she outlined the challenges of navigating our transportation system without a car. The Sunday before the Walk Summit, I was driving along a four-lane road in my neighborhood and was surprised to see a young man …

Congrats to Memphis! And Passage of the Nation’s 500th Complete Streets Policy

Posted on 08/14/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Great PlacesToday the nation will celebrate passage of the 500th piece of “complete street” legislation. This is a major milestone toward achieving safe streets for everyone, regardless of age and ability. All eyes will be on Memphis, Tenn., which landed lucky No. 500. Through executive order, Mayor A.C. Wharton Jr. has directed that new road facilities and major renovations accommodate all users and all means of travel. The city commits to building 15 miles of new protected bike lanes and will …

Transportation for Older Adults Requires a Tapestry of Funding Sources

Posted on 08/7/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy Institute“We desperately need that service in our community, but how do we fund it?” is a common complaint I hear across the country as communities try to meet the growing demand for transportation services. A recent publication, Weaving It Together: A Tapestry of Transportation Funding for Older Adults, addresses this important question. The report by the AARP Public Policy Institute highlights seven case studies that show how transportation providers in diverse communities combine federal grants with state, local and private-sector …

Active Living for All Ages: Creating Neighborhoods Around Transit

Posted on 06/10/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy Institute“You can take the girl out of the city, but you can’t take the city out of the girl,” says Lila Sanger, who grew up in New York City and found her perfect retirement home in the Jefferson, an independent living condo complex in one of Arlington, Virginia’s dense urban neighborhoods near Metro. “I chose the Jefferson for two reasons: the location, and the location.” The extensive county transit network provides almost door-to-door service to Lila’s local haunts, such as …

Road Safety for Every Age

Posted on 05/8/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Great PlacesAs part of Global Road Safety Week (May 6-12), AARP joins many other organizations, governments and individuals working to raise awareness about the dangers facing pedestrians. Walking is good for your health and it doesn’t cost a dime. Unfortunately, it isn’t always safe. A pedestrian in America is three times more likely to die in a motor vehicle crash than in Germany, and six times more likely to die than in the Netherlands. Many U.S. communities either lack sidewalks, have …

Public Transportation: Lifeline for Older Adults in Rural America

Posted on 04/18/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy InstituteMy AARP colleagues in Nebraska recently joined efforts to improve the delivery of transportation services in that state after an AARP volunteer spoke about his frustration trying to take his wife to an evening picnic sponsored by the local Alzheimer’s Association support group. His wife was a nursing home resident who needed to use a wheelchair, but none of the three specialized transportation providers in her area could accommodate her travel requirements. Her nursing home offered only medical transportation. Aging …