Lester B Pearson airport is Toronto’s second largest employment hub. Makes sense, the huge and purposeful sky harbour serving the nation’s biggest city and business capital is ringed with a vast area of commercial and industrial property. Traffic can be out of this world.
This kind of economic engine should be a high priority for advanced public transit projects. In place of such nice things we find some of the heaviest traffic in North America. Obviously, much of the driving to the airport is done by working people. Substituting a goodly portion of their car rides with trips on high order public transit makes sense for all the right reasons (reducing air pollution, road crowding, and accidents, easing demand on parking supply, and reducing the personal costs of motoring). All these things and more are the subject of a new report from the Greater Toronto Airport Authority. At least two other reports have dealt with this topic and there are links to them in this Toronto Star piece. Looks like it’s time to show some ambition on this file.
Airport area employers look for a better way. GTAA report makes the case for better transit to the GTA’s second-biggest jobs hub
Pearson connects: a multi-modal platform for prosperity
Once you’ve actually done this kind of wearing, multi-hour, multi-modal trek you have an idea how awful they can be. In the last of a four-part series on the US south join an Atlanta woman making her way from a homeless shelter to a potential employer. Two hours one way for the possibility of a job. As a daily commute covering that kind of ground would be a job in itself.
See also: (732) Long ride home
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image: Bombardier Flexity Freedom LRT mock up by Steve Chou via Flickr/CC
Stranded: how America’s failing public transportation increases Inequality. The nation’s crumbling infrastructure makes it hard for those living in poverty to access jobs, quality groceries, and good schools
The hell of being carless in America’s suburban sprawl
Report says transit times extra long for people of color
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A buzz developed in the suburban-poverty.com office the other day when we came across mention of recent reports from Harvard and New York University linking transportation and poverty. Difficulty with transportation is a major barrier to leaving poverty and exacerbates its effects. One of the recurring themes of the material aggregated on this blog is the frustration heaped on the working poor and underemployed by the need to cover significant distances to get to work. Better transportation, especially rail-based public transit, should help lift the time/distance burden imposed on low income workers. We also need to keep getting our heads around planning communities so we can walk and bike to work. We’ve known this intuitively for decades and many jurisdictions are making great strides in these two directions.
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A score of 0 accrues to much of the fabric of the GTA after a York University study rated and mapped public transit service levels.
Waiting for a bus that takes forever: Welcome to Toronto’s ‘transit desert’. A new report explains how transit planning has created inequality, and points the way to “transit justice.”
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Four, five and six hours of commuting is crazy.
Why Americans live farther from work than they did a decade ago. A new Brookings report finds that jobs have sprawled outside city centers and away from poor and minority suburbs Atlantic CITYLAB
Long commute to Silicon Valley increasingly the norm for many
KQED News (video 3:42)
Suburbs such as Montgomery County rethink transit to court millennials