New research brief: How do adults with travel-limiting disabilities get around?

May 13, 2020


Transportation is still a barrier

RTC:Rural’s newest research brief examines how rural people with disabilities use different types of transportation. These include being a driver, asking others for rides, special transportation services, reduced-fare taxis, and public transportation.

People with disabilities, especially in rural areas, still report transportation as a significant barrier to full inclusion and participation in community life, nearly 30 years after the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law. Understanding how people with disabilities get around is an important first step for improving transportation options.

Using data from the 2017 National Household Travel Survey, this research brief explores travel behaviors and characteristics of rural and urban people with disabilities.

Summary findings:

  • Rural people report a slightly higher rate of travel-related disability, and are also more likely to report being a driver.
  • Urban people with disabilities are more likely to use other transportation options, like special transit services, reduced-fare taxi, or public transit.
  • Overall, people with disabilities who are drivers report higher rates of employment and lower rates of poor health.

To learn more about these findings, follow the link below to download the research brief from the RTC:Rural and Rural Institute ScholarWorks collection:

America at a glance: How do working-age adults with travel-limiting disabilities get around?

The research brief is is available to download as an accessible PDF, text-only Word document, or a text-only EPUB file.