Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Most US Workers Need Cars To Get To Work: Mass Transit Is Not An Option For Most Of The Employed

From The Wall Street Journal Real Time Economics Blog, "Most Urban Jobs Are Near Transit, but Most Workers Aren’t" by Conor Dougherty:
Some three quarters of all jobs in the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas are in neighborhoods with transit service, but only about a quarter of the workforce is able to get to their jobs in less than 90 minutes via mass transit. Why the disconnect? Despite the popular image of office workers in tall downtown buildings, most Americans both live and work in the suburbs.
On average, the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas have 63% of their jobs — 64.6 million total positions — located outside the central city. And while most of those jobs are in near some sort of bus or rail line, the patchwork of suburban transportation systems makes it hard for their workers — most of which also live in the suburbs — to get there without driving.

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