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Travel Behavior of the Aging Boomers: Evidence from Age-Restricted Communities
Professor Christopher Zegras

Undertaken with support from the New England UTC, this project aims to improve our understanding of baby boomers’ travel behavior and residential preferences, via a focus on age restricted communities in suburban Boston. The project included focus groups in four different urban edge communities (see working paper), development and implementation – in Spring 2008 – of a mail-back survey of residential preferences, attitudes, and travel behavior, and subsequent behavioral modeling. We are currently continuing the survey analysis and plan to extend the research scope to compare boomers’ in suburban age-restricted communities to their counterparts in denser urban areas, particularly naturally occurring retirement communities (NORCs). A resulting thesis can be found here.