Study: San Diego Drivers Have 30 Times Greater Job Access Than Transit Riders

Tuesday, August 29, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh
Photo by Claire Trageser / KPBS
Above: A woman looks at an open DecoBike bike share station next to Petco Park in downtown San Diego on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015.

How people get to and from transit stops has a large impact on job opportunities, according to the results of a study out of University of Southern California.

The study found that those with cars in low-income San Diego neighborhoods have about 30 times greater job opportunities than those who walk to take public transit and that driving or biking to a transit station more than doubled the number of jobs that could be reached by transit in a 30-minute commute.

Marlon Boarnet is the lead author of the study and a professor of public policy and chair of the department of urban planning and spatial analysis at the USC Price School of Public Policy.

Boarnet joins Midday Edition Tuesday to talk about the implications of the study.