Learn More: Public Transit Use


Variable Definition:
Public Transit Use: The percentage of the working population that primarily uses public transportation to get to and from work

American Community Survey, 5 Year Estimates, Table B08301
Years Available:
2006-2010, 2007-2011, 2008-2012, 2009-2013, 2010-2014, 2011-2015, 2012-16, 2013-17
Geographic Unit:
Census Tract

Why is this Variable Important to Measure?

Public Transit Use
Although Los Angeles typically ranks low in public transit use when compared to other major metropolitian areas in the U.S., bus and rail systems are a key solution to consider when addressing traffic and pollution concerns in the county. For many individuals without vehicles, public transportation also serves as the only available form of transportation to and from work. In the November 2016 election, Los Angeles county voters passed Measure M, which uses a 1/2 cent sales tax increase to fund a number of transportation projects, including a massive expansion of rail transit availability across the county. Construction on new rail projects is already underway.
Transit Ridership can be used to measure how neighborhoods with more access to public transit are using that resource. As public transit becomes more accessible across the county over time, this variable will be an important measure of effectiveness in transit planning.

Featured Data Stories

Fischer-Baum, Reuben. "How your city's public transit stacks up." FiveThirtyEight, 31 July 2014. Link
"Measure M: Metro's Plan to Transform Transportation in LA." Metro, 2018. Link
Nelson, Laura J. "Next phase of the Wilshire subway receives $1.6 billion in federal funds." Los Angeles Times, 4 January 2017. Link
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