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Report Finds A Mixed Bag Mass Transit Commuters

file (credit: KYW's John Ostapkovich)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - A Brookings Institution report finds commuters who rely on mass transit to get to work find a mixed bag – at best.

This first report by the think tank Brookings finds low-income Philadelphians have good access to mass transit, but not all of those residents have access to lines that will get them to a job.

The biggest gap? Suburb to suburb transit, says Brookings Fellow Alan Berube, because suburban sprawl doesn’t often consider mass transit availability.

“Transit needs to be at the table when those growth decisions are being made about where growth is directed.”

SEPTA’s Richard Maloney says the transit agency reviews area growth and transit usage annually and the equation is simple: SEPTA has to earn back half the operating cost of a service in order for it to be viable.

Reported by Robin Culverwell, KYW Newsradio