Friday, August 19, 2011

81,000 Households in Metro St. Louis Don't Have a Car

Posted By on Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 9:16 AM

click to enlarge Who knew so many St. Louis households depended on one of these?
  • Who knew so many St. Louis households depended on one of these?
The Brookings Institution is out with a study looking at the public transportation access within America's biggest cities, and St. Louis is near the bottom of the list.

According to Brookings, 82 percent of area residents without a car are not within easy access to public transportation. That ranks as the fifth worst in the nation behind Phoenix, Houston, Dallas and Atlanta.

More surprising is how many households in the metro region (including Missouri and Illinois) do not own an automobile.

The study suggests that 81,792 metro households are without a car. That's 7.3 percent of all households. Moreover it takes those without a car more than 90 minutes on public transportation to reach most jobs in the region, according to Brookings, which says that just 31 percent of metro jobs can be reached in 90 minutes or less via public transportation.

The good news is that 100 percent of city residents live within close access to public transit. It's the suburbs that drag the region so low in the rankings.

H/T: St. Louis Business Journal

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