(209) Transit again [Brookings report]

The Brookings Institution is never far from these pages, …or our hearts, truth be told.  This past summer they came up with another big paper directly related to social difficulty in the suburbs, this one about public transit and the economic health of America’s cities.  We see suburbs as, yet again, difficult places for transit and therefore maintaining one’s employment, and generally encouraging job growth and invesment there, is correspondingly tough.  The findings of the report are very mixed, in some places as little as six percent of typical jobs are accessible to public transit users. A major investment in public transit could only help the American economy and the people struggling along at the bottom of it we would think.  Wouldn’t it help out all manner of business activity, too?

Where the jobs are: employer access to labor by transit 

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