New research shows that Houston doesn’t fare well in terms of public transit coverage compared to the largest metropolitan areas in the country, according to The Houston Business Journal:
According to a new report from the Brookings Institution, only 57.8 percent of the jobs in the entire Houston metro area are in neighborhoods with access to public transit service.
When ranked against the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the nation, Houston was No. 82 in terms of the share of jobs that were in reach of public transit service.
Throughout the country, even areas with higher percentages of access to public transit service did not always have a high percentage of workers that could use the transportation. This is because although public transportation may be available at office locations, many workers do not have access to public transportation that would take them to and from their homes.
For example, workers who live in the suburbs often cannot connect as easily to employer areas.
When compared to other cities, Houston fared better on its percentage of labor population that could use public transportation to reach their employer within 90 minutes. In the city, 22.5 percent of the working population could reach their office by using public transportation within 90 minutes, placing it No. 56 on the national list.
Sorted by industry, the jobs with the most access to public transportation in Houston were in the utilities industry. The industry with the highest percentage of employees who could reach work with public transportation within 90 minutes was public administration.
However, across the nation, workers are only able to reach about 25 percent of all jobs in the 100 largest metropolitan areas by public transportation within 90 minutes, according to the Brookings report.
“Our research shows that current transit systems are unprepared to adequately connect workplaces with the workforce, but there are several steps metropolitan leaders can take to improve their networks,” Adie Tomer, Brookings’ senior research associate and author of the report, said in a statement.
Solutions include considering job locations in transit investment decisions and enhancing transit access to suburban locations, the report said.