Today on Your Call: How does public transportation affect economic mobility?
9 September 2013
Dan Chatman, Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley, was interviewed on KALW Local Public Radio in a conversation about the impact of mass transportation on economic activity and the social and economic value of public transportation, especially in low-income communities.
Dan's research focus involves the relationship of transit investments to agglomeration economies in US cities, and his recent paper published in Urban Studies surmises that the expansion of mass transit systems would affect economic productivity. He elaborates on how the densification of central cities makes convenient and accessible public transit key for expansion and growth.
"Whenever we subsidize travel, it will result in people traveling more, and we subsidize travel in several ways including our transit improvements," Dan said. "People want to be near each other because that's where the action is, that's where the productivity is happening, and that's where the innovations are being made, and transit can be a part of that and needs to be a part of that. I'm a big believer in city growth really being impeded by a failure to make good transit investments."
Click here to stream Dan's interview.