Conclusions from the US experience

Karen Lucas

in Running on empty

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9781861345707
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303282 | DOI:
Conclusions from the US experience

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This chapter summarises the main points raised in the US chapters and draws out some key issues and concerns in relation to the approach that is being applied to the transport-equity agenda in the USA. The US case studies have shown that there has been a gradual shift towards both formal government recognition of the problem and policy commitment to resolving it. The question is whether this has made a visible difference on the ground. There are numerous contributory factors in transportation disadvantage, including people not being able to afford their own vehicle; lack of public transportation to and from work; lack of childcare; no public transportation in rural areas; and the job market locating further distances from the centres of cities and urban sprawl. Equally evident, given the multiple and complex nature of the problem, is that there is no single solution.

Keywords: environmental justice; transport equity; USA; transportation disadvantage; public transportation

Chapter.  3081 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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