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Accessibility Inequality in Houston

Topics: Transportation,

This article examines the urban mobility patterns of different neighborhoods in Houston, Texas taking into account the accessibility enabled by transportation networks. The study finds that residents from primarily poor and black neighborhoods have longer travel times on public transit compared to individuals from nonpoor and white neighborhoods, even when travel time by driving is similar. The authors highlight that residents from poor and minority neighborhoods have lower rates of vehicle ownership and caution that policy makers and city planners should consider that equal access to transit "does not equate to equal living conditions."

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