Access For Low-Income Individuals
Job access barriers that present the greatest challenges for low income individuals in our region.
Regardless of transportation mode, many people cannot afford the cost of getting to and from the workplace.
LACK OF SERVICE and/or SERVICE HOURS
The routes and/or operating schedules of public transit services do not meet the needs of those workers whose workweek does not coincide with the traditional 9-to-5, Monday through Friday schedule.
LENGTH OF COMMUTE
The distance between home and the workplace, combined with the number of public transit transfers required to make a trip to and from work, can discourage workers from staying in any one job for very long.
DIFFICULT TO FIND INFORMATION
People will only use a given transportation option if they know it’s available and what is required to use it. Additionally, misinformation about transportation options and what is required to use them can discourage people from pursuing future utilization.
FINDING A BALANCE BETWEEN THE COSTS TO PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION AND THE COSTS TO USE TRANSPORTATION
The costs associated with providing transportation make it difficult to ensure accessible transportation is available and affordable for low income individuals.
TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE AND COORDINATE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS
Innovative technology can be developed to improve not only public transit and paratransit trip data collection and analysis, but also the overall mobility experience for its users.
How can access to jobs and job-related activities for low income individuals be improved in our region?
ATWIC facilitates discussions between human services, workforce development, and transportation agencies as a means of identifying job access barriers for our region’s low income population and developing practical ways to alleviate them. Many different strategies, such as those listed below, are a few examples of how all levels of access can be greatly improved when the right parties join forces to secure funding and implement creative solutions.
- Implement a transportation voucher program
- Provide a 'missing/last mile' service
- Provide late-night and/or weekend service
- Implement a car loan program
- Expand a public transit service route
- Provide a reverse commute service
- Disseminate information about transportation services
- Provide trip-planning services
- Enhance a transportation network's 'ease of use' through mobility mgmt efforts
- Subsidize the purchase of special transportation service vehicles
- Improve and enhance transportation infrastructure
- Acquire and utilize technology to enhance transportation modes
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