Transit access and neighborhood segregation. Evidence from the Dallas light rail system

The author studies the effect of transit access on neighborhood incomes by exploiting a quasi-experimental setting of an extensively planned, but only partially built urban rail system in Dallas. The author shows that neighborhood income in census tracts that received rail access increases compared to neighborhoods that were promised to receive access, but did not due to funding cuts. The treatment effect is positively correlated with initial neighborhood income and negative for the poorest tracts. This reconciles gentrification and “poverty magnet” effects of rail infrastructure found in the earlier literature and highlights the role of transit as a potential incubator for income segregation.


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  • Accession Number: 01685530
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 14 2018 3:05PM