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2012 Ohio Pop - 11,544,225

Ohio Pop 65+ 1,650,824

Ohio 65+ with Disability 41%

3.1 million Ohioans are Baby Boomers, people born between the years 1946 and 1964.

From 2008 and 2030 the proportion of the population aged 60 and over in Ohio is projected to grow over seven percentage points - from 18.6% to 25.8%.

In 1970, there were 154 elderly people in Ohio for every 1,000 workers; by 2030, projections suggest that number will rise to 337 elderly for every 1,000 residents of working age.

30% of ohio’s population will, for various reasons, choose not to drive or be unable to drive in the next 10 to 20 years.

Ohio Pop. 65+ Projection

2010 - 1,586,981

2015 - 1,766,239

2020 - 1,978,464

2025 - 2,206,698

2030 - 2,357,022

Meeting the Needs of Ohio Seniors and Disabled

The Ohio Department of Aging (ODA) recognizes the state’s growing and changing older population.  Government leaders say the elderly should be respected as vital members of society.  State agencies and local communities are being called upon to integrate aging needs into their plans and services and that aging Ohioans be assured of access to the full array of well-coordinated services and support provided in Ohio.

In other words, the Ohio Department of Aging supports efforts to expand travel options for the elderly and the disabled and that state agencies and local communities must work together integrating transportation services.

(Source:  Center for Family and Demographic Research, Bowling Green State University.)

OHERN’s proposed network of passenger trains will provide mobility choices for the elderly and disabled living in most urban and many rural counties; and will encourage integration of multimodal transportation options.

Passenger rail can help fill an unmet and growing need for travel options among the estimated one million non-driving people in Ohio, many of whom are elderly or disabled.

The number of non-driving people in Ohio is projected to grow in the coming decades to well over 3 million.  A full 30% of Ohio’s population will, for various reasons, choose not to drive or be unable to drive in the next 10 to 20 years.

Depending on where this population is located, transportation options can be severely limited.

For instance, the National Transportation Center for Seniors estimates in a recent report that 30 percent of seniors live beyond a mobile transport option.  This is defined as living beyond three-quarters of a mile away from a fixed route bus or rail transit ride.  For short trips to the store or doctor city taxi services usually meet these travel needs.  Trips outside the city, however, are often too costly or difficult for many elderly and disabled.

In Ohio, the choice of travel to areas outside the state’s seven metropolitan areas is limited, effectively trapping most of the non-driving population and preventing them from leaving their town or city.

OHERN will provide travel choices for the growing population of seniors and disabled across the state.

             OHERN Institute  •  Bowling Green, Ohio 43402  •  A Research Division of All Aboard Ohio