Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Study of buses and fare-free scenarios in Bangalore, India

Transportation is seen as an economic enabler in a city, but there is another critical role played by transportation in social mobility that is mostly ignored. Transportation connects communities to employment, education, and vital services which promote social mobility1.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Traffic congestion leads to domestic violence

We find that extreme traffic increases the incidence of domestic violence, a crime shown to be affected by emotional cues, but not other crimes. The result is robust to a variety of specifications and falsification tests. The results represent a lower bound of the psychological costs of traffic congestion, since most drivers stuck in traffic do not commit domestic violence but still bear some emotional costs. 

Friday, February 21, 2020

Transportation a barrier to healthcare access

Overall, the evidence supports that transportation barriers are an important barrier to healthcare access, particularly for those with lower incomes or the under/uninsured. 

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Study on how car culture is oppression for poor people in Canada

Millions of Canadians rely on public transportation to conduct daily activities and participate in the labour force. However, many low-income households are disadvantaged because existing public transit service does not provide them with sufficient access to destinations. Limited transit options, compounded with socioeconomic disadvantage, can result in transport poverty, preventing travel to important destinations, like employment opportunities. 

Monday, January 27, 2020

Give employees #freepublictransit, not free parking

A 2018 report from the Parking Authority of Baltimore City (PABC) states that in 2017, Baltimore City agencies paid $853,620.72 for parking for 700 employees at a cost of approximately $1,200 per employee per year.1 Anywhere from several hundred to several thousand additional employees are provided free or subsidized parking that is not formally documented. Examples of this include: parking in lots on the properties of specific facilities that are not controlled by PABC, specially designated on-street reserved spaces, and at parking meters where costs are waived for vehicles bearing a certain decal in the window.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Study shows public transit users get more exercise

A New York City Department of Health study evaluated the health benefits of active transportation. The results, summarized in Figure 2, indicate that people who commute by walking, cycling or public transit achieve about twice the total (transportation and recreational) exercise as automobile commuters, and so are much more likely to achieve public health targets of thirty or more daily minutes of moderate physical activity. This study can be a model for use in other communities interested in tracking physical fitness and health.