Carless households have access to transit, but not most jobs

Some 7.5 million households in the nation’s 100 largest metro areas don’t have access to private vehicles, a new report from the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, but more than 90 percent live in neighborhoods where mass transit is available. However, only about 40 percent of jobs are accessible from those households with a transit journey of 90 minutes or less.

“Zero-vehicle households live in neighborhoods well- served by bus and rail service,” the report says. “However, that transit service frequently falls short on connecting households to ample job opportunities.”

Connecticut’s three metro areas–Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford and New Haven-Milford–all rank at or above the national rate for access to transit by carless households: 95 percent, 91 percent and 95 percent respectively. But those households have transit access to only about 37 percent of jobs in the Bridgeport area, 39 percent in metro Hartford and 31 percent in New Haven-Milford. (The report has more detail in individual .pdf files on the Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford areas.)