ACCESS + MOBILITY

Access + Mobility is a blog about maximizing transportation options for people who don’t drive. It is written primarily by members of our team with occasional guest articles from leading thinkers in the fields of community transportation, human services, and public policy.

 

Our objective in starting this blog is to share ideas and engage our readers in a conversation about transportation planning and policy impacting individuals who cannot drive, including: seniors, people with disabilities, and people who cannot afford to drive for their primary mode of transportation.

February 7, 2013

POSTER SESSION AT THE 92ND ANNUAL MEETING OF THE TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD

Using 2010 Census and 2005 – 2009 American Community Survey data I studied the changing concentration of seniors and people with low incomes relative to their distance from the central business district in four major metropolitan areas.  I selected cities with new light rail systems and tried to cover a cross-section of geographic regions across the lower 48 states.  The cities I selected were Portland, Oregon, Salt Lake City, Utah, Dallas, Texas, and Charlotte, North Carolina. My paper was accepted for a poster session during this year’s annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board.  The full poster is available at the link below.

 

 

TRBPoster

 

FINDINGS

The finding is consistent for all four metro regions: younger, more affluent populations are becoming more concentrated in close-in neighborhoods while older, poorer populations...

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