Public transportation is a “women’s issue.”

Laura Bliss, The Atlantic; CityLab

Mass transit mobilises women. Why don’t women mobilise for transit?

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Publication date: January 2017
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In their words:

“Like the economy, climate change, immigration, and health care, public transportation is a women’s issue.”

the author highlights how women are the dominant user of public transit systems in the context of the demonstrations about women’s rights in America. As thousands of women travelled to city centres (January 2017), it states that there are significant differences according to race and major inequalities in terms of access to transport.

It’s therefore not just the detailed design of a station that matters but where it is and when the bus turns up.

Highlighting a research project by Stanford University the article describes  how:

  • As a percentage of all the trips (across modes) made in U.S. metro areas, women of colour are a minority
  • Hundreds of thousands of no-car households live outside of transit’s reach—and millions of people who do live near bus stops and train stations still struggle to connect to well-paying jobs.
  • Other inequalities  affect them to relating to health and education.
  • To close these gaps, high-quality, affordable buses and trains are a critical part of the equation. Mass transit connects women to better-paying jobs, educational opportunities, and health care; it reduces harmful emissions in neighborhoods already hard-hit by road and industrial pollution (areas that are disproportionately neighborhoods of color).
  • But whilst women may be over-represented in transit statistics, most American women, and especially white women, still drive cars to get around.

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