A new report released by Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, TakeAction Minnesota, ISAIAH, and the Center for Popular Democracy shows the impact of enormous racial disparities in commute times between transit riders of color and white drivers in the Twin Cities. This report shows that transit riders of color in the Twin Cities lose the equivalent of about four work weeks in commute times annually compared to white drivers.
The transit time penalty falls hardest on communities of color because of geographic segregation and the disparate rates of public transit use. Funding solutions and transit investments currently proposed by the State Senate would help to close this gap.
The New York Times reported last week that commuting time is the single strongest factor that changes the odds of escaping poverty and noted that sufficient access to public transportation has a stronger effect on the employment and income chances of a community than many other factors, including elementary school test scores and crime.