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Who Takes Transit in the US?

According to Richard Florida, people in higher-density communities, and members of the “creative class,” including scientists, engineers, techies, researchers, artists, designers, musicians, etc.

Richard Florida is a widely published urbanist whose 2002 book “The Rise of the Creative Class” made waves in national economic development circles.  The book and his subsequent work and commentary have had a major impact on urban policy in towns and cities around the country in their quest to attract and retain the types of young urban professionals who are the demographic and economic lifeblood of communities.  His theories have also drawn their share of criticism, but continue to find broad support within their related fields.

In this article from The Atlantic magazine, he cites research that look at the geographic determinants of transportation usage, i.e., which qualities are present in the communities where people are least likely to drive to work.

Density is a major determinant for transit usage.  And, perhaps most interestingly, the kinds of work people do seems to be a major factor.  Communities from Ithaca, NY to Boulder, CO — where there is a concentration of well-educated professionals — are likely to have higher percentages of people who walk, bike, or take transit to work.

As has been discussed elsewhere on this blog, Norwalk is part of one of the most well-educated regions in the country, and its downtown is scheduled for higher densities.

Just sayin…