Transit and Jobs in Metropolitan America

Missed Opportunity: Transit and Jobs in Metropolitan America

Highlights from this study:

  • A transit system’s effectiveness depends not only on its reach but also on the regularity of service. Transit is not only less likely to reach suburban areas, but where it does it provides much less frequent service, especially in higher-income areas.
  • About 25 percent of jobs in low- and middle-skill industries are accessible within 90 minutes (using public transit) for the average metropolitan commuter, compared to 33 percent of jobs in high-skill industries.
  • In 100 of the country’s largest metro areas, 69 percent of low-skill industry jobs are in the suburbs. So while low- and middle-skill jobs make up the bulk of suburban employment, suburban residents can still reach greater portions of metropolitan high-skill jobs through public transit.
  • In the post-recession economy, ensuring access to employment should be an explicit focus for policymakers. 

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