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Transit for low-income Minnesotans

Low- and moderate-income Minnesotans depend more on public transit than do higher-income residents, and they constitute an important core ridership for the state’s transit systems. Minnesotans with incomes below the poverty level are three times more likely than those with higher incomes to ride transit to work.  Read More

Cars for low-income families

Cars emit climate-changing greenhouse gases, clog the roads with congestion, and impose heavy financial burdens for ownership and upkeep on households with modest and low incomes. But with transportation policy focused on car travel for the last half century, it’s not surprising that people depend primarily on cars. Cars remain an important element of the transportation equation for low-income Minnesotans, even as we strive for increased travel options and decreased reliance on cars.  Read More

Ride-share as affordable transportation

When it comes to commuting, a surprisingly large percentage of workers depend upon shared rides. In fact, more Minnesota workers use carpools and vanpools than public transit, according to Census Bureau data. Carpools and vanpools constitute an important transportation mode for Minnesotans with low incomes and limited transportation options.  Read More

Land use matters to low-income residents

Why and how people travel relates not only to transportation modes but also to the structure of communities. Car travel works best for most people at present because cars have shaped decisions about land use and destination. To dramatically improve access and travel, Minnesota must now wrestle with how land is used and how communities are designed.  Read More

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