Those who Need it Most: Maximizing Transit Accessibility and Removing Barriers to Employment in Areas of Concentrated Poverty (Phase 3-Hennepin County)

Principal Investigator(s):

Yingling Fan, Associate Dean for Faculty, Humphrey School of Public Affairs


  • Andrew Guthrie, Former U of M Researcher, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Project summary:

This project assessed the transportation assets and challenges faced by residents of Areas of Concentrated Poverty (ACPs), paying special attention to ACP50s--ACPs in which people of color comprise more than 50% of the population. Researchers developed a graphically-facilitated survey blending multiple choice, free response, cognitive mapping, and discussion questions to capture unmet transportation needs and user experience information difficult to gather in traditional travel behavior surveys. Researchers found that participants? activity spaces vary significantly based on car availability and local built form and that pedestrian environments around stops affect the experience of using transit in ACPs more strongly than transit service itself, leading to the conclusion that transit- and pedestrian-oriented community design is a significant equity issue.

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