Richmond ranks 92nd in public transportation coverage and access to employment

10/05/2015 6:15 AM by

Tina Griego’s Sunday Story this past week is a look at the disconnect in Richmond’s public transportation coverage and access to employment:

It cited a Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program study of the mismatch between jobs and transit in the top 100 metropolitan areas. That study found that in 2010 only 31 percent of working-age residents in the Richmond metro region lived in a neighborhood within three-quarters of a mile of a mass transit stop. (The top 100 metro average was 69 percent.) The same study looked at the share of jobs a resident can reach by public transit within a 90-minute ride. In the Richmond region, that share is 27 percent, which hewed closer to the Top 100 metro average of 30 percent. Take these two measures together and Richmond ranks 92nd out of 100 in public transportation coverage and access to employment.

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From the routes map above, it looks like our area is at least well served by transit stops, though there been complaints that last year’s move to a new transfer station on 9th Street has unfairly impacted East End riders. The transfer station cut most east-to-west routes in half to increase on-time arrivals; passengers who used to take one bus through town now have to make a disembark on 9th, wait to transfer, and pay a 25-cent transfer fee. “It takes over an hour to get anywhere: doctor’s office, Carytown, etc.”, says one neighborhood bus rider.

PHOTO by John Murden




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