Transit Cuts May Affect Long-Term Health of Riders
Cuts to public transit may be hazardous to some riders' health. That's the conclusion of a new study by the Alameda County Public Health Department.
Regional bus services have been cut eight percent in recent years.
“When people can’t get where they need to go and when their trip is long and unpredicatable there are public health consequences," says study co-author Rebecca Flournoy.
Flournoy, the Deputy Director for Planning, Policy, and Health Equity at the department, says as they interviewed riders they heard about triggers for poor health such as missed jobs and wages, social isolation, and trouble accessing health care.
“We also found challenges in terms of long, crowded, or unpredictable commutes," Flournoy says, "which are linked to increased stress."
The report was timed to appear before July, when the Metropolitan Transportation Commission is scheduled to approve the region’s latest transit plan.