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Setting Transportation Priorities: Challenges and Opportunities. Transportation Priorities Task Force Initial Meeting September 23, 2005. Transportation Has Become A Major Policy Concern.
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Transportation Priorities Task Force Initial Meeting
September 23, 2005
Source: MAPC, The Resonance of Regionalism (2005)
MassINC, MASS.commuting (2004)
Source: MassINC, MASS.commuting (2004)
Sources: MassINC, MASS.commuting (2004)
Harvard JCHS, State of the Nation’s Housing (2005)
Source: Texas Transportation Institute (2005)
Total household expenditures on transportation for metropolitan Boston total $13.7 billion
According to the Economic Policy Institute, Greater Boston is the most expensive major metropolitan area in the US—and its analysis assumed only $321-$358 in monthly spending on transportation, while other studies put the cost in metro Boston at nearly $600/monthTransportation is Expensive
Sources: CNT and SPTT, Driven to Spend (2005)
Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2004
Source:CNT and SPTT, Driven to Spend (2005)
Texas Transportation Institute (2005)
Due in great part to high housing costs, 5.5% of Massachusetts’ workforce in 2000 commuted in from NH, RI and other states
“Many Massachusetts workers and families face a difficult set of choices. For many, living in a relatively lower cost area of the state mean tolerating long commute times, while for others, living in Greater Boston often means spending a large portion of their income to afford the region’s high cost of living, especially the cost of housing.”
Mass.commuting (2004)The result? The Housing-Transportation Cost Tradeoff
Without the MBTA, 363,000 more cars would be on the road in greater Boston
Source: CNT and STPP, Driven to Spend (2005)
MBTA Fiscal Year 2005 Budget
Within ¼ of a mile of a commuter rail, bus or subway stop are
BUT coverage is not distributed evenly
AARP reports that 71% of older households want to live within walking distance of transit
Source: Center for Transit-Oriented Development, Hidden in Plain Sight(2004)
Compact, walkable development centered around transit stations. In general, TODs include a mix of uses, such as housing, shopping, employment, and recreational facilities within a design that puts a high priority on serving transit and pedestrians.