Federal Transportation Policy

The Long Journey to Work: A Federal Transportation Policy for Working Families

Highlights from this study:

  • In almost every city, cars remain the fastest and most reliable way to get around.
  • A geographical mismatch exists between jobs and low-income workers:  Most entry-level jobs exist in the suburbs. However, a lack of reliable transportation options means inner-city workers can’t access these jobs.
  • Reliable transportation leads to increased access to employment, higher earnings, and great employment stability among the poor.
  • Surveys of workers who obtained cars from subsidized car ownership programs report higher wages and better jobs, improved quality of daycare and more involvement with family and community.

Vehicles For Change found similar results when we surveyed our recipients. Read the results here

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