U.S. leaders might 'miss the bus' on fair transport
20 February 2012 - Quality and affordable transportation access is more critical than ever for linking Americans to jobs, schools, grocery stores, hospitals, and other vital services. Yet the U.S. Congress is preparing to vote on a proposal that would strip away all investments in public transit, leaving countless communities disconnected from opportunity.
Today, nearly 24 percent of blacks, 17 percent of Latinos, and 13 percent of Asians do not own a car; 60 percent of all public transit riders are people of colour. These disparities are largely due to the fact that U.S. transportation policy and investment have historically favoured middle-class and affluent neighbourhoods at the expense of low-income communities and communities of colour.
The future of U.S. cities, regions and the country’s mobility depends on choices Americans make today. With the recent launch of Smart Move in the U.S., they need to make sure that U.S. leaders don't miss the bus on this one!