Study: senior housing creates less traffic, not more

July 20, 1998
It might seem that a housing project full of seniors who need special care would have very few automobiles. Yet critics of new projects often complain that such developments will bring more cars, owned by the employees and relatives who tend to seniors in assisted-living housing.
      But that is not the case, according to a new study conducted by the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA), which refutes the belief that assisted-living properties generate high volumes of traffic. Dubbed "Assisted Living Residences: A Study of Traffic and Parking Implications," the study finds lower traffic volume and less parking space demand for assisted living properties compared to single-family homes and apartment communities.