Mobility and Accessibility
Metro’s Transportation Solution brings the city together like never before by creating and enhancing a multi-modal system that connects employees with employers, neighborhoods with neighborhoods, families with amenities, and tourists with attractions. For transit-dependent and disadvantaged populations in particular, investments in public transportation infrastructure can greatly improve mobility and access – radically impacting their quality of life.
Transportation costs in Nashville are high. The average Nashvillian spends $12,000 per year on transportation costs. Moderate-income Nashvillians (range for moderate income) spend 25% of their income on transportation costs (under 15% is considered affordable).
Lack of access to transportation is keeping our neighbors from accessing opportunities. Nashville is 92nd out of the top 100 cities in a worker’s access to employment. Transportation is one of the top two barriers keeping local college students from graduating. 85% of seniors have poor access to transit, keeping them from going to the doctor or visiting with family.
Longer hours, higher frequency, improved reliability, and faster travel times will result in more efficient service to more people. With improved service, residents will have the ability to access a variety of important community destinations, such as jobs and school, with greater ease.
Approximately 72% of MTA’s StrIDe (MNPS) students and 60% of seniors currently using MTA’s bus system are expected to benefit directly from the frequency and span improvements that would be implemented starting in 2018. 100% of seniors and disabled individuals eligible for Access Ride will experience improved service, with same-day reservations, real-time information, and optimized routing.
In addition, 87% of all middle and high schools in Davidson County (both public and private) will be within one-half mile of transit service, making transit a more viable option for busy parents and students.
One-third of Americans can’t or don’t drive, keeping people from jobs, doctor visits and time with family. Improving our transit system will improve access to healthy food, health clinics and job opportunities. In fact, Let’s Move Nashville is expected to make 28.5% more jobs accessible by transit within a 30-minute travel time. Let’s Move Nashville will also serve the people that need it most. The system will be within one-half mile of 82% of minorities, 88% of households experiencing poverty, and 90% of households with no vehicles.
In addition to heightened accessibility, annual cost savings would accrue to those switching travel modes since transit has a lower out-of-pocket cost than personal vehicles. These cost savings are estimated to amount to $7,808 per person annually. This would especially benefit low-income households who could use the much-needed savings for other necessities.
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