Thursday, September 07, 2006

transportation factoid: kids on the bus

The gnomes at the census are compiling data in ever new ways. Here is a table that has not been easy to generate in the past. Just released data allows one to compute the prevalence of commuters using public transportation by age group which I have put into the picture below for the City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh MSA in 2005. I was a little surprised that the numbers were as high as they were for some groups and as low as they are for others. For workers under 25 in the city, 30% are commuting via public transportation.


Blogger O said...

What does "use public transportation" mean?

And how does this correlate to poverty? I would presume that working parents in the inner city would be much more likely to put their kids on a bus than the suburban parents who would drive their kids. I would also presume that the areas that inner city children would want to get to are much more bus accessible than suburban kids.

Just a hunch though.

Thursday, September 07, 2006 7:52:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

in this sense, census data on commuting refers just to workers traveling to/from work. I apologize if my post-title is confusing. I am feeling old these days looking around Oakland these days and 'kids' pretty much covers all those twenty-somethings.

poverty and commuting correlated. Of course. Though I am not sure that explains the variation across ages. And then there is a certain limit to using that correlation to understanding commuting patterns. Plenty of rural poverty in the US where public transportation usage is virtually nil.

Thursday, September 07, 2006 8:10:00 PM  
Blogger John Morris said...

Bingo. A lot of the college kids here don't have cars or don't want to use them all the time. I think that the relatively poor transit system is a core frustration among students here and one of the main reasons that a lot of kids never get to know the city well.

Sunday, September 10, 2006 9:55:00 PM  

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