Transportation planners are beginning to learn that different population groups have different travel needs. This paper summarizes what has been learned about the work-related travel requirements of the metropolitan poor. It begins with a description of likely travelers, the already motivated poor; their preferences for good jobs paying at least $2.20 per hour; and the types of available jobs, most of which are unpleasant jobs paying unacceptable wages around $1.60 per hour. The needs likely to be faced by poor people when they have to travel - in search of work, to apply for a job, and to commute-require flexibly routed and scheduled vehicles. The suitability of buses, car pools, and private autos to meet these needs is considered, and their availability and service inadequacies are identified. Programs are recommended to reduce the need to travel for work-related purposes, to foster self-help transportation by facilitating car ownership among non-car owning houeholds, and to provide better transport options such as taxis or dial-a-bus systems for those who cannot help themselves. /Author/

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    • Gurin, Douglas B
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  • Publication Date: 1973

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 16-27
  • Monograph Title: Transportation for the disadvantaged
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  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309022584
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  • Created Date: Sep 28 1982 12:00AM