Transportation and Equity

Eve Vogel, member of the Amherst Public Transportation, Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee, carefully examined the effects of the proposed reconfiguration option on families without cars.   (“Transportation and Equity” fact sheet)

The short answer is that public and carless transportation greatly affects equity.  Simply put, many low-income families do not own cars. They rely on walking and public transportation as their main sources of transportation, with a few also using bicycle transportation. While school children are provided school bus transportation to and from school, families are not generally transported, with current exceptions being transportation for a few special events at Crocker Farm. This means that to go to orientations, parent-teacher meetings, breakfasts with the principal, etc. parents generally walk, take the PVTA, occasionally get rides from friends, or, if the above are difficult, don’t go. This problem disproportionately affects low-income families and so is a significant issue of equity.

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