In 2011, our nation's 78 million baby boomers began turning 65. That is an unprecedented demographic shift, and it means that the kinds of infrastructure and services needed in communities across the nation will change. And, as I noted earlier this week at The Atlantic's Generations Forum, that is particularly true for transportation.
In preparing for the Generations Forum, I thought about DOT's strategic goals: safety, sustainability, economic competitiveness, and a state of good repair for our transportation infrastructure. And it occurred to me that to talk about livability, another one of our strategic goals, is really to talk about all of those goals.
That's why at DOT, we work hard to make sure that as our population ages, we’re providing the livability people need and want.