More Access to Cars: Now What?
A new analysis by Governing magazine says more poor Americans have access to cars than they did a decade ago and that overall vehicle-miles traveled is up for the first time since 2007. Which seems like good news on the surface, but what does it mean for transit?
Experts say rising car-ownership numbers among low-income Americans translates to lower transit ridership, which can be a bit of a snowball—people see less people riding the bus so fewer choose to ride the bus themselves. And some experts say a rise in zero-car households seen a few years ago has vanished, raising questions about whether Americans really will be willing to give up their vehicles in favor of shared rides.
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