Transportation: Transit Use
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. commented on the failure of public transit to overcome disparities in access to jobs among racial minorities. Several historical studies in the country have pointed to the need to connect central city residents with jobs using transit (Sanchez, 1999). Access to Transit in this study will be measured by Euclidean proximity to bus stops, however other accessibility measures such as frequency of bus routes; proximity to destinations; and congestion time also contribute to accessibility issues.
Sustainability Benefit: Houstonians have moderate access to transit stops that are within walking distance for most areas in the city.
Sustainability Issue: Houston has poor street connectivity and neighborhoods tend to be separated from places of work and school. As a result even though accessibility to bus stops is good, trip times are long.