Publication Date

6-2013

Committee Chair

Fang Ren, Ph.D.

Committee Members

Douglas M. Flewelling, Ph.D.

Abstract

The priority of public transportation is to promote ridership for residents through easy access to employment opportunities. In this way, public transportation contributes to financial stability in poorer communities by connecting people with jobs and reducing the impact of spatial mismatch. Welfare to work programs has rolls of moving welfare recipients off assistant into the workplace. The United Way has a BSL program in Chattanooga that provides social services to low-income individuals living in areas of high unemployment with low educational levels. The BSL aims to increase employment opportunities for unemployed people who call the BSL program at 2-1-1 which would decrease their dependence on the BSL social services. The purpose of this project was to facilitate the 2-1-1 callers’ access to major employment opportunities through public transit. The impact of spatial mismatch between residential areas and job growth was analyzed and optimal locations for new bus stops were then proposed. Optimal bus routes that connected each proposed bus stop in residential areas with individual major employer locations were suggested. This would facilitate the 2-1-1 callers’ access to prospective jobs to find job and improve their financial stability.

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Proposed New Bus Stops in Chattanooga, Tennessee (Poster)

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