Reports: Access

2017 Transit Infrastructure Report Card
American Society of Civil Engineers, December 2017, 5 pp.
The report examines transit systems in the United States. Although transit in America continues to grow, carrying 10.5 billion trips in 2015, symptoms of overdue maintenance and underinvestment are clear. While some communities are experiencing a transit boom, many Americans still have inadequate access to public transit.   more info >

Access Across America: Transit 2016
Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota, November 2017, 167 pp.
This report focuses on accessibility to jobs by transit. Jobs are the most significant non-home destination, and job accessibility is an important consideration in the attractiveness and usefulness of a place or area. This study estimates the accessibility to jobs by transit and walking for each of the United States' 11 million census blocks, and analyzes these data in 49 of the 50 largest (by population) metropolitan areas.   more info >

Active Living for All
Wilder Research, March 2017
Active Living for All (ALfA) is an initiative funded by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. Wilder Research worked with initiative grantees to evaluate their work in promoting active living in their communities.   more info >

Big Picture Project Progress Reports
Twin Cities LISC, June 2016, 8 pp.
The Big Picture Project developed a plan to create and preserve affordable housing along the Central Corridor. These reports track key indicators of progress.   more info >

Central Corridor Key Outcomes
Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, June 2016, 60 pp.
Annual report designed to inform the impacts of the Central Corridor light rail transit line on the regional economy and adjacent neighborhoods.   more info >

Spatial and Skills Mismatch of Unemployment and Job Vacancies
Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota, May 2016, 81 pp.
Disadvantaged urban workers may be qualified for many entry-level jobs, but have no way of reaching suburban employment centers; they may also be easily able to reach many jobs nearby, but lack the qualifications for them. This project studied the current state of spatial and skills mismatch in the Twin Cities region, as well as coordination between transit planning and workforce development and opportunities to improve that coordination.   more info >

Speaking for Ourselves: A Study with Immigrant and Refugee Communities in the Twin Cities
Wilder Research, April 2016, 383 pp.
The Speaking for Ourselves survey asked immigrants and refugees living in the Twin Cities about their perceptions and experiences related to education, transportation, housing, public health, safety, employment, finances, community and social engagement, and the immigrant experience.   more info >

Rural Reality: City Transit, Rural Transit
Center for Rural Policy and Development, January 2016
Information about public transit in Minnesota.   more info >

The Influences of the Hiawatha LRT on Changes in Travel Behavior: A Retrospective Study on Movers
Center for Transporation Studies, University of Minnesota, November 2015, 27 pp.
This report examines the impacts of rail transit and neighborhood characteristics on both transit and car use in the Twin Cities metro area. The findings suggest that besides transit infrastructure, planners should promote transit-friendly neighborhood characteristics.   more info >

Community Needs Assessment for Ramsey and Washington Counties
Wilder Research, October 2015, 37 pp.
Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties focuses on bringing together resources to reduce poverty. A community needs assessment was conducted in 2012 and 2015 with low-income residents. The survey asked about employment, housing, education, health, and other family needs and included questions about Community Action services. The reports also present poverty data for Ramsey and Washington counties.   more info >

Who Drives to Work? Commuting by Automobile in the United States: 2013
United States Census Bureau, August 2015, 28 pp.
This report focuses on patterns of commuting by private vehicle among U.S. workers in 2013 using data from the American Community Survey. It highlights differences in rates of automobile commuting by key population characteristics such as age, race, ethnicity, and the types of communities in which workers live.   more info >

The Livability Economy: People, Places, and Prosperity
AARP, July 2015, 28 pp.
This report shows how livability initiatives contribute to improved economic performance and a more vibrant, desirable, and competitive environment for housing and commercial investment. The framework of the report focuses on design factors that feature four livability outcomes that benefit older adults and people of all ages, including compactness, integration of land uses, housing diversity, and transportation options.   more info >

It's About Time: The Transit Time Penalty and Its Racial Implications
The Center for Popular Democracy, May 2015, 12 pp.
Focuses on the role that transit planning and funding can play in addressing racial and economic disparities, specifically with regard to the transit time penalty, which is the additional time required to travel between two points by public transportation, compared to travel by car.   more info >

Pocket Guide to Transportation
U.S. Department of Transportation, January 2015, 64 pp.
A compilation of statistics that provide key information and highlight major trends on the U.S. transportation system. Intended as a compact reference, it supports the Bureau of Transportation Statistics mission to create, manage, and share transportation statistical knowledge. Published annually.   more info >

State of Black America
National Urban League, April 2014
Annual report presenting the National Urban League's Equality Index. Focuses on unemployment and income equality, but also includes measures of education, health, civic engagement, housing, transportation, and public safety for Hispanic, Black, and White populations. Includes metropolitan area rankings of unemployment and income equality. Requires a free registration to download full reports.   more info >

Making Strides: Last Mile to the Green Line: 2014 Accessibility Survey
District Councils Collaborative of St. Paul and Minneapolis, January 2014, 34 pp.
This report is part of an initiative to improve pedestrian safety and accessibility in the Green Line LRT area. The survey included an assessment of several station areas and a video documenting wheelchair users' experience navigating the Green Line LRT corridor. The report proposes recommendations for incorporating accessibility in the design, construction, and maintenance of the Green Line's pedestrian realm.   more info >

Expanding Transportation Options for an Aging Population
US Department of Housing & Urban Development, Office of Policy Development and Research, November 2013, 1 pp.
Discusses the transportation needs of older adults, including challenges to ensuring that seniors can get around and planning and design strategies.   more info >

Transforming Community: Transitway Impacts Research Program, Research Synthesis
University Of Minnesota, September 2013, 24 pp.
Synthesizes multiple research projects to answer questions about the economic, travel, and community impacts of transitway corridors in the Twin Cities.   more info >

Weaving It Together: A Tapestry of Transportation Funding for Older Adults
AARP Public Policy Institute, April 2013, 92 pp.
This report provides insight into how transportation services for older adults and persons with disabilities are funded. With a growing population in need of transportation and limited funds for these services, providers can work to creatively leverage existing and untapped funding sources to fill gaps in service. The report includes seven case studies of local providers from around the country to illustrate how they combine federal, state, and local funding to put quality service on the street.   more info >

2012 Transit Report: A Guide to Minnesota's Public Transit Systems
Minnesota Department of Transportation, February 2013, 148 pp.
This annual report includes a fact sheet on every state-supported public transit system in Minnesota and highlights major accomplishments; financial and operational statistics; and trends in service levels, service costs, and ridership, and funding.   more info >

Hennepin County Aging Initiative, Community Focus Group Project: What are Older Adults Thinking About the Next 15 Years?
Hennepin County, May 2012, 90 pp.
Focus groups were held with Hennepin County residents age 55-65 to gather information about how they see their lives and their expectations for health care, housing, transportation and other services in the next fifteen years.   more info >

Healthy Corridor for All: A Community Health Impact Assessment of Transit-Oriented Development Policy in Saint Paul, Minnesota
Policy Link, December 2011, 48 pp.
Part of a project to understand the potential impacts of the proposed transit-oriented land use changed on the communities that live in the Central Corridor, this report includes an overview of the project, describes key findings, discusses impacts and identifies recommendations.   more info >

Building environmentally sustainable communities: A Framework for inclusivitiy
Urban Institute, April 2010, 95 pp.
This paper explores the question of what make communities both environmentally sustainable and inclusive. It discusses how the goals of environmental sustainability, access to opportunity, and community inclusion are interconnected, making specific recommendations for federal housing policy and programs.   more info >

2009 Metro Residents Survey
Metropolitan Council, February 2010, 47 pp.
Results of a survey of Twin Cities residents which asks them to rank the region's top public concerns and quality of life.   more info >

North Dakota Transportation Survey: Aging and Mobility
Small Urban & Rural Transit Cente, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, December 2009, 65 pp.
To investigate issues of aging and mobility and other concerns of older adults, the AARP conducted a survey of its North Dakota members. This study analyzes the results from the transportation section of the AARP survey. Specific objectives are to determine how informed and satisfied older adults are with their transportation options, if lack of transportation limits the trips they make, what improvements they would like to see made for them to stay in their neighborhood as they age, and what problems they encounter with using public transportation.   more info >

Greater Minnesota gets on board: Transit ridership grows while investment declines
Minnesota 2020, December 2009, 18 pp.
Public transit needs of Greater Minnesota and funding issues.   more info >

Safe Routes to School: State Network Project: Final Report, 2007
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, November 2009, 60 pp.
Reports on the goals and actions of the federal Safe Routes to School program, which focuses on making it safer and more common for children to walk and bicycle to school. The program gives health, education and transportation professionals suggestions for connecting schools and communities in order to get America’s children moving again.   more info >

Healthy, equitable transportation policy: Recommendations and research
PolicyLink, September 2009, 188 pp.
An edited volume of chapters exploring the intersection of transportation, equity, and health. It discusses the health effects of various transportation choices; the link between transportation, economic development and health; traffic injury prevention; and policy solutions.   more info >

Better Connections: Linking Minnesotans With Low Incomes and Limited Transportation Options to Jobs and Other Important Destinations
Growth and Justice, July 2009, 27 pp.
Presents facts and findings about transportation issues for Minnesotans with low incomes and limited transportation options. The report outlines options for public-sector investments and policies that address the transportation challenges of these populations.   more info >

Why do so few women work in New York (and so many in Minneapolis)? Labor supply of married women across U.S. cities
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, May 2008, 47 pp.
This study found that white married women in Minneapolis are more likely to work than white married women in any other major city. After looking at a variety of possible explanations, they found that cities that had large increases in average commuting times from 1980 through 2000 had slower growth in labor force participation.   more info >

Driven to the brink: How the gas price spike popped the housing bubble and devalued the suburbs
CEOs for Cities, May 2008, 30 pp.
This report examines the new landscape of housing prices and high fuel costs and the implications for public policy.   It suggests that cities that offer attractive urban living opportunities in close-in neighborhoods are likely to be more affordable and economically successful than those that continue to follow sprawling development patters.   more info >

Commuting to Opportunity: The Working Poor and Commuting in the United States
Brookings Institute, Metropolitan Policy Program, February 2008, 20 pp.
This paper examines workers' commuting costs and travel modes, as well as the relationship between housing and commuting costs.  The analysis focuses on the working poor but draws on the experiences of all workers.   more info >

Win-Win Transportation Solutions
Victoria Transport Policy Institute, September 2007, 31 pp.
Describes strategies and innovative policy reforms that help solve transportation problems by removing barriers and market distortions that encourage inefficient travel behavior.   more info >

Realizing the potential: Expanding housing opportunities near transit
Reconnecting America Center for Transit-Oriented Development, April 2007, 194 pp.
Includes detailed case studies of efforts to promote mixed-income transit-oriented development in Boston, Charlotte, Denver, Minneapolis and Portland.   more info >

Asking the right questions about transportation and land use: Access to destinations research summary no. 1
Center for Transportation Studies - University of Minnesota, March 2007, 8 pp.
Looks at techniques for measuring accessibility, particularly the access of workers to jobs and of employers to labor. In addition to employment access, the researchers also looked at how accessibility can affect home prices and patterns of land use.   more info >

The Transportation Needs of Seniors
University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies, January 2007, 182 pp.
Examines the transportation needs of older adults in Hennepin County based on a survey of existing travel behavior and unmet needs.   more info >

The Thin Cities: How Subsidized Job Piracy Deepens Inequality in the Twin Cities Metro Area
Good Jobs First, December 2006, 60 pp.
Good Jobs First reviews the accessibility of jobs in locations receiving economic development subsidies to move jobs and tax revenues in the metropolitan region. Dispersing jobs from the core increases disparities in wealth and employment opportunities among localities in the regions.   more info >

A Heavy Load: The Combined Housing and Transportation Burdens of Working Families
Center for Housing Policy, October 2006, 32 pp.
This study presents the combined housing and transportation cost burdens of households, with a focus on working families at the neighborhood level in 28 metropolitan areas.   more info >

Preserving and promoting diverse transit-oriented neighborhoods
Center for Transit Oriented Development, October 2006, 76 pp.
Looks at the characteristics and benefits of transit-oriented neighborhoods, their future demand and policy suggestions.   more info >

The Transportation Needs of People with Developmental Disabilities
University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies, September 2006, 97 pp.
Examines the transportation needs of adults with developmental disabilities in Hennepin County based on a survey of existing travel behavior and unmet needs.   more info >

Housing & Transportation Cost Trade-Offs and Burdens of Working Households in 28 Metros
Center for Neighborhood Technology, July 2006, 197 pp.
Looks at how constraints within a neighborhood and region—e.g., lack of access to transportation choices, distance from job centers, shortages of affordable housing—affect household costs and how high-cost burdens impact the household, their neighborhoods and the region.   more info >

High cost or high opportunity cost? Transportation and family economic success
Brookings Institution, December 2005, 8 pp.
This report outlines job opportunity costs experienced by transit-dependent, low-income households.   more info >

Livable Communities: An Evaluation Guide
AARP, January 2005, 162 pp.
Guide to help community members assess the capacity of their community to meet the needs of older adults. Provides guidance on conducting a community survey to measure community livability, includes innovative ideas and success stories from communities throughout the U.S., and suggests additional resources. Topics include transportation, safety, housing, health services, and more.   more info >

Improving Transportation Services for Disadvantaged Populations
Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota, December 2003, 109 pp.
A report from the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota which seeks to understand and improve the transportation services that are available to people who, because of age, disability, poverty, or other reasons, cannot routinely use automobiles to transport themselves.  Particular consideration is given to community-based transportation services.   more info >

Web sites

Minnesota Go: Trend Library
Summarizes trends in and related to transportation in Minnesota, including transportation behavior, infrastructure, technology, economy, demographics, equity, environment and climate.   more info >

Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota
Research, news, and events related to transportation in Minnesota.   more info >

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