Voice Your Opinion: Important Transportation Survey

Transportation represents a fundamental means of access to meet daily needs, which is essential for aging well. Older adults seek access to health care, grocery stores, pharmacies, work, houses of worship or their favorite senior activity center.

Driving is often the preferred mode of travel for older adults. However, the older we get, the more we limit our driving. Today, 20% of people age 65 and older report that they no longer drive compared to nearly 50% of people age 85 and older. The reason why could be related to medical issues, financial concerns or just a lack of interest.

Broken Arrow is looking to significantly improve access to public transit in the coming years. Part of the process involves asking the public to reflect on our current and future needs.

Have you ever thought about what would happen if driving your car was no longer an option? How would you continue to maintain your independence or continue with your daily routines? Who would you turn to for assistance?

What is the top priority for future public transportation investment for Broken Arrow? How should we expand public transportation routes in Broken Arrow?

These are a few questions I’ve been asking as a member of the commission conducting the Broken Arrow Transit Study. If you know me, you know I often say the thing other people are thinking. That’s why last month I said, “The current public transit options in BA aren’t cutting it, and, 10 years from now, if we maintain the status quo, we could see older adults struggle to meet basic transportation needs.”

The way people shop, work and go to medical appointments has changed, but our transportation system has not.

We want to know what our citizens already know about public transportation and what their needs are in Broken Arrow. This has never been as important as it is now, considering BA is forecasted to grow by more than 40% over the next 25 years, and the area’s transportation needs should keep up with that growth.

The city of Broken Arrow and Tulsa Transit (MTTA) are interested in hearing from you to help improve alternative transportation services in Broken Arrow. Your opinions are valuable and help prioritize future services. All surveys are confidential.

This month you have an opportunity to voice your opinion. We will make the Broken Arrow transit community survey available at www.baseniors.org as well as have printed copies to complete in our office. You can use the computers by the lounge to complete the survey while you’re at the Center. I hope you give your opinion so the voices of older adults in Broken Arrow are heard.