Over 30,000 homes in Houston have no cars and no access to buses, trains, or park and rides, according to a study released this week by the Brookings Institution.
And that puts Houston ahead of Dallas and Atlanta, which topped the list.
"It’s over 120,000 households (that) don’t have a car… and the coverage rate for them is 73%. By that we mean, the amount of households that live within three quarters of a mile of a transit stop", says Adie Tomer, author of the study. Tomer says increasing numbers of low income families are moving from the city out to the suburbs, and he says in cities like Houston these can be quite isolated areas, almost 'transit deserts."
Houston’s METRO has been working to fill transit gaps in the city and Tomer says this shows, “If you look at the city you’ve got about 98% of no-car households with access to transit, but its Houston’s suburbs that bring the overall number down.”
The survey covered Houston, Sugar Land and Baytown. It’s those last two areas that are suffering most from lack of transit access.
Patrick Walsh, the Assistant Director of Community Development for Sugar Land, says "The zip code that has the greatest number of commuters to downtown is 77479, right here in the Sugar Land area. So we think Sugar Land is ready for some improved transit connections directly to downtown."
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