Immobile: 500K stuck with no ride

While cities struggle to keep their transit systems going, the issue has moved closer to the fore in the U.S. Congress, where Rep. John Mica has said he will introduce a bill that could reduce the amount of money available for transit.

More than half a million households in the 100 largest U.S. cities do not have cars or any access to public transportation, according to a study released on Thursday by the Brookings Institution.

The think tank, which researches metropolitan policy, found 700,000 metropolitan households lack access to cars or transit — with more than 100,000 in Atlanta, Dallas and Houston.

“These people are terribly constrained in earning a living, getting to the store or taking their kids to day care,” Brookings senior research analyst Adie Tomer said in a statement.

The majority of “zero-vehicle households” are in cities with advantage of transit. Recently, however, U.S. public transportation has been hit by a double whammy of increased ridership and reduced funding. The American Public Transit Association says that more than a third of transportation systems have hiked fares since January 2010. Nearly half have cut services.


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