INCOME DISTRIBUTION EFFECTS OF THE ATLANTA TRANSIT SYSTEM

This paper reports on a pilot study to evaluate the income- distribution effects of the proposed Atlanta transit system. The incidence of benefits and costs to each of 8 traffic zones is estimated. The zones have annual incomes per family varying between $5,000 and $18,000. Benefits accruing to each zone as a result of savings in time, vehicle ownership and operating costs, transit fares, parking, and accidents are estimated and compared to transit fares and additional sales taxes that must be paid by the residents of that zone. The net benefits accruing to each zone seem to be more, both per family and per trip, in zones where family incomes are lower. This pattern, however, is strongly influenced by both the location of the zone relative to the closest transit station and the level of interaction between the zone and the central business district. Other factors affecting the distribution of income in the Atlanta metropolitan area are also discussed.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 35-46
  • Monograph Title: TRANSPORTATION FOR THE POOR, THE ELDERLY, AND THE DISADVANTAGED
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00083975
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309023602
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Apr 8 1981 12:00AM