I recently came across an article from the University of Toronto stating that an estimated one million urban Canadians suffer from 'transport poverty'. The research from Jeff Allen and Steven Farber (U of T) found that a substantial number of low-income families in Canada are disadvantaged because existing public transit services and infrastructure does not provide them with adequate access to important destinations, including access to employment opportunities and political processes. These vulnerable residents are located in (1) "very dense, low-income tower neighbourhoods located off the main axes of transit supply" or (2) "low-density suburban urban forms" (Allen & Farber, 2019, p.215).
The authors discuss the idea of 'transport justice' and considering 'transport poverty' when making decisions about where to build new transport infrastructure or planning new transit routes. They also discuss planning strategies as potential solutions to this issue. For individuals working in transportation or public policy - is transport justice/equity a common consideration in transportation planning/policy in your cities? It would be great to hear your experiences, or your thoughts on this new research!
Link to U of T article: https://www.utoronto.ca/news/stranded-without-transit-u-t-researchers-say-one-million-canadians-suffer-transport-poverty?platform=hootsuite
Link to research publication: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0967070X18304736 (Sizing up transport poverty: A national scale accounting of low-income households suffering from inaccessibility in Canada, and what to do about it)
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!