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Study Underscores Need for Transit in Suburbs

Brookings Institution

7.5 million people in the nation’s 100 largest metro areas don’t have access private vehicles, but more than 90 percent live in neighborhoods where public transit is available, according to a new study from the Brookings Institution. Significantly, the study also finds that only 40 percent of jobs are accessible from those households within a 90-minute journey on public transit.

In Connecticut, the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford and New Haven-Milford metro areas all rank above the national rate for transit for carless households (95%, 91% and 95% respectively), but all rank below the national average in access to jobs (37%, 39% and 31% respectively).

The data buttresses the CT Fair Housing Center’s (CFHC) opportunity mapping in Connecticut, which shows that urban areas tend to be the areas of lowest opportunity for their residents. In addition to access to employment, CFHC’s research assesses access to good education, affordable housing, quality health care and open space.

Together, these data suggest that job opportunities have increased in suburban areas , where carless urban households can neither get via public transit nor afford to live and, similarly, that those job opportunities have decreased in urban centers where they were traditionally strong. It underscores both the importance of affordable housing in all communities and of building public transit system that reaches into towns as well as large cities.

To Learn More:
Read the Brookings Institution study
Check out CFHC’s Opportunity Mapping Project
CT Mirror: Carless households have access to transit, but not most jobs




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