ACCESSIBILITY OF LOW INCOME RESIDENTIAL AREAS IN PHILADELPHIA TO REGIONAL INDUSTRIAL PARKS

THE STUDY WAS CONDUCTED UNDER THE A PRIORI ASSUMPTIONS THAT JOBS ARE AVAILABLE TO THE INNER CITY WORKERS AND THAT EMPLOYABLE PEOPLE ARE AVAILABLE FOR THE TYPE OF WORK OFFERED. TO SELECT THE SUBURBAN INDUSTRIAL PARKS CRITERIA SUCH AS DIVERSITY OF JOBS AVAILABLE, PROXIMITY TO CENTER CITY, POSSIBILITY OF FUTURE EXPANSION AND SIZE WERE CONSIDERED. TO SELECT THE INNER CITY RESIDENTIAL ZONES THE CRITERIA OF PERCENT UNEMPLOYED, NUMBER UNEMPLOYED, ANNUAL INCOME AUTOMOBILE OWNERSHIP AND GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION WERE USED. AN INVENTORY WAS MADE ON EXISTING TIME, DISTANCE, AND COST FACTORS ON BOTH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES. OVERALL IT WAS SHOWN THAT THE EXISTING PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES ARE INADEQUATE FOR PROVIDING ACCESS TO SUBURBAN INDUSTRIAL PARKS FROM INNER CITY RESIDENTIAL ZONES. WHILE COST OF THE TRIPS WAS MODERATE THEY TOOK MORE AN HOUR ON THE AVERAGE DUE TO THE NUMBER OF STOPS AND TRANSFERS. IT WAS ALSO FOUND THAT THE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM IN PHILADELPHIA IS GEARED TO THE MOVEMENT OF RESIDENTS FROM THE SUBURBS TO JOBS IN THE CITY. THE RESULTS OF THE INVENTORY ON THE PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES INDICATE THAT BY AUTOMOBILE THE SUBURBAN INDUSTRIAL PARKS ARE READILY ACCESSIBLE FROM A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF INNER CITY ZONES. IT WAS FOUND THAT OVER 80 PERCENT OF THE TRIPS COULD BE MADE IN LESS THAN 50 MINUTES. HOWEVER, BECAUSE THE AVERAGE AUTOMOBILE OWNERSHIP IN THE INNER CITY ZONES UNDER STUDY IS 11.4 PEOPLE PER AUTOMOBILE, MOST RESIDENTS MUST RELY ON OTHER MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION OR NO TRANSPORTATION. RESULTS FROM THE STUDY INDICATE THAT BENEFITS WOULD WARRANT IMPLEMENTATION OF THE FOLLOWING RECOMMENDATIONS: 1. INITIATE A PROGRAM TO PROVIDE REDUCED FARES ON RAIL LINES; 2. MAKE ADJUSTMENTS ON EXISTING PUBLIC TRANSIT ROUTES SO THAT SUBURBAN INDUSTRIAL PARKS WILL BE WITHIN AN HOUR'S TRAVEL TIME FROM EACH INNER CITY ZONE OF LOW INCOME-HIGH POVERTY. 3. FORM TRANSIT INFORMATION CENTERS WITHIN AREAS OF LOW INCOME AND HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT. 4. INITIATE A PROGRAM TO AID LOW INCOME PEOPLE IN OBTAINING LOW COST AUTOMOBILE FINANCING AND INSURANCE. 5. LEASE BUSES FROM SEPTA FOR THE PURPOSE OF ORGANIZING BUS POOLS TO SERVICE REGIONAL INDUSTRIAL PARKS WITH BUS DRIVERS BEING RECRUITED FROM RESIDENTS OF THE COMMUNITY. /AUTHOR/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Villanova University

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  • Authors:
    • Collura, J
    • SCHUSTER, J J
  • Publication Date: 1971

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  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 45 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00202350
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 11 1974 12:00AM