One of the main reasons the left wing loves public transport is the belief that the poor will be assisted.
Unfortunately that is a bit of Â myth.
Access to public transit helps, but itâ€™s not enough to connect workers with economic opportunity in the form of jobs.
Buses stop right outside LaToyia Newman-Gross’s apartment in suburban Columbia, Md. That doesn’t mean it’s easy to get around by public transit. “They run every hour,” says Newman-Gross, 32. If you miss a bus, you’re stuck. Waiting out in the sun or snow with her four children beside her usually isn’t a great option.
Americans are driving shorter distances, buying fewer cars, and are less likely to apply for a driver’s license thanÂ just a few years ago. This might be due to the recessionâ€”owning a car is expensiveâ€”or it might be due to a cultural shift in favor of urban living.
But almost all households, regardless of socioeconomic status, own at least one vehicle. In 2009, more than three-quarters of workers commuted by driving alone. Recent research suggests that, particularly for single moms like Newman-Gross, owning a car can mean access to better jobs and safer neighborhoods.Â Read more »