Improve Public Transport to Connect Youth with Jobs
Getting a job is impossible if someone has no means of getting to a job. Poor public transport — its high ticket prices, shallow networks, infrequent service, early-ending hours, and in some cases its nonexistence — prevent unemployed youth from being able to reach potential jobs.
The typical metro-area job is inaccessible to 73 percent of an area's working-age adults within an hour-and-a-half of traveling on public transit.
Graeme MacKay of The Hamilton Spectator illustrates the difficulties of commuting without good public transport.
In some areas the cost of roundtrip public transportation to work can equal an hour's wages or more.
People who live in places without public transport in the evening can't accept night jobs because they'll have no way of getting home.
And others will spend just as much time getting to and from work as they will at work.
If we're going to get more youth employed, we need better and cheaper public-transportation systems to get them from where they live to places of employment.