The suburbanization of jobs means public transportation is not an option for many workers.
The Brookings Institution found only two-thirds of jobs in the Rochester metropolitan region are in places served by buses. Even worse, fewer than one-third of residents can get to a job within 90 minutes on a bus. The study found people have an easier time getting to jobs in the city than in the suburbs.
Brookings did a similar study last year showing the disconnect between public transit and jobs. If people don’t have access to jobs, they their options for employment and upward mobility are limited. Companies also risk not having access to a wider pool of labor.
The Rochester Genesee Transportation Authority has worked with suburban employers on routes. Some companies and nursing homes pay RGRTA a share of the cost. But RGRTA has been clear that if a route isn’t economically feasible, it won’t run. That’s provoked a lot of criticism from riders, but RGRTA is also solidly running in the black and has maintained fares at $1.
The authors recommend locating jobs in denser areas and improving access to suburban jobs. The study also suggests incentivizing companies to locate in areas served by public transit. Government and business should talk about jobs access when relocation issues come up.
Links of the Day:
- Leo Roth brings up an old debate (if you listen to Bob Matthews’ show) about whether Rochester has too many sports teams. If the market will bear these teams, who cares?
- Take note, Rochester Police Department. Courts are increasingly skeptical of “stop and frisk,” also known as “Cool Down.”
- This might be the most obnoxious thing you read today. A young woman laments being so successful so young. And her idol is Carrie Bradshaw. Don’t worry, baby, your hard times will come.
- Last night I struck up a conversation with a British man who says he holds the patent on armored underwear worn by soldiers. The items are made by people with disabilities at the Seneca Army Depot. Who knew?