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Report: Is Grandma hitchhiking again?

This is a big year for the nation’s Baby Boomers. It’s the year they begin turning 65.

A new report, “Aging in Place, Stuck Without Options,” out from Transportation for America, a group that advocates for improved public transportation, says the country’s boomers are going to have a hard time getting around as they get older, if their kids take away the keys, that is.

“By 2015,” according to the report, “more than 15.5 million Americans 65 and older will live in communities where public transportation service is poor or nonexistent. That number is expected to continue to grow rapidly as the baby boom generation ‘ages in place’ in suburbs and exurbs with few mobility options for those who do not drive.”

The Center for Neighborhood Technology, a related group that advocates for livable and sustainable urban communities, ranked transportation access in the country’s metropolitan areas for the report.

The worst: metro Atlanta. In just four years, findings show that 90 percent of seniors there will live in neighborhoods with poor access to transportation other than driving. In metro areas with populations over 3 million, Atlanta is followed by the Riverside-San Bernardino, California, metro area, along with Houston, Detroit and Dallas.

Click here to see if your city made the list.

In January, the Blueprint America team reported from snowy Roseville, Minnesota, one of the oldest suburbs in the country in terms of the age of residents (almost 1 in 4 are seniors).

Roseville is a city where the parents of boomers have aged in place. The story is a look into the near-future for boomers – what it’s like to grow old without a car.

As your parents – or, you for that matter – age, what transportation options other than driving are there where you live?

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