Off the bus

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Another disadvantage to being poor in this town, besides longingly staring at folks dining on a $1,000 bagel is that it is more likely you have to spend time in a crowded New York City subway car or jammed city bus. According to a new study released by the Pratt Center Transportation Equity Project, income is tightly tied up with commute times. The study says,

Three-quarters of a million New Yorkers travel more than one hour each way to work. Two-thirds of them earn less than $35,000 a year. By contrast, just 6 percent of these extreme commuters earn more than $75,000 a year. Black New Yorkers have the longest commute times, 25 percent longer than white commuters; Hispanic commuters have rides 12 percent longer.

You can read more about it here: http://www.prattcenter.net/transportationequity.php

Tags: mta , outer boroughs , economy

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