While busways may not be as cool as LRT and HSR lines, regional rail networks or subways they certainly seem to have a place in addressing suburban poverty. How so? By helping carless/low income workers get around better. At any rate, here is a specific US example of the busway benefit.
How Montgomery County’s bus rapid transit can alleviate suburban poverty
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”That’s how life goes along the poverty line in car-centric cities like Dallas, whose 20th-century growth birthed highways that became developmental skeletons for suburbs where the middle class have fled for decades. Left behind is an urban core with housing and socioeconomic problems — and infrastructure built for cars that many poor people can’t afford.”
Reminicisent of other encounters with what it’s like to get to work in the sprawl, a feature from the Dallas News follows a worker to work. And it ain’t easy.
Stemming poverty in Dallas requires rethinking mobility
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Accidents involving walkers and bicycle riders struck by motor vehicles are a troubling, costly aspect of sprawl. They appear to be built right into the whole matter of community life structured around automobiles and the infrastructure provided for them. This bodily damage really has to be stopped.
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Two strong features from the US that show us car-dependent sprawl is configured quite deeply against those with low incomes.
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Whoa! we knew it could be rough out there but this is nasty, depressing (and familiar) reading. Ten hours a week of commuting would be about the same as a twelve week leave of absence.
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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.
A lonely road. For the poor in the Deep South’s cities, simply applying for a job exposes the barriers of a particularly pervasive and isolating form of poverty
See also: (732) Long ride home
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