National Volunteer Transportation Center’s Transitions to Transportation Options

What Is A Transportation Transition?
Transition is about Losses and New Beginnings
As people age, they often experience losses…of family,
friends, a spouse or close relative as well as employment,
economic security, or physical capacity. Quantitative and
qualitative research informs us that ceasing to drive (or what
sometimes is called “giving up the keys”) generally is viewed
as yet another loss….and one that is very traumatic. It
often means a loss of freedom, of independence, and control.
While losses can be traumatic, adults also experience new
beginnings…of friendships, of careers, of relocation, of
purpose and meaning and in some instances, new beginnings
of mobility.
The Concept of Transition
There is general agreement that most people are unprepared
for change and that it is often a situational event. While
change is associated with an event, transition often is defined
as an process of changing from one state, form, activity, or
place to another. In other words, transition is about change
and the movement from the old to the new. Whether it is a
situational event or a long process, regardless of what precipitates
it, there are psychological aspects of making a change
from the old to the new. A transition generally is thought of as
a process: a time for letting go, the preparation for change,
and moving to a new beginning. It can be helpful to look at a
transition as a time that starts with an ending and ends with a
new beginning.
This means that while change often is viewed as a situational
event, the transition to change, especially change from driving
to using transportation option, can be viewed as a psychological
process that makes change possible.
*This transitions project was undertaken as a partnership of the
Beverly Foundation and APTA (the American Public Transportation
Association) in 2007. Its purpose was to: identify the process older
adults experience when they stop driving and make the transition to
a transportation option, to identify points of intervention that could
ease the transition, and to promote the understanding and use of the
full continuum of transportation options

Transition to Transportation Options Article



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