The Geography-Based Relationship Between Income and Transit Use
There is a common perception in much of America that poor people ride public transit to work, while wealthier people drive. Here in the D.C. area, this is true—to an extent. It’s the case in the District (where the average commuter makes $51,469, to just $45,771 for the average transit commuter), Arlington ($62,510 vs. $60,640), Alexandria ($56,080 vs. $52,592), and Prince George’s County ($41,447 vs. $36,747). But, as a new report on D.C-area commuters from the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University shows, in the outlying suburbs, the opposite is true.
Take Fairfax County, where the average transit commuter makes more than $10,000 more than the average commuter overall. Or Loudoun County, where the difference is more than $20,000. Or Prince William County, where the disparity is a whopping $23,269: $70,743 for transit commuters, $47,474 for all commuters.
What could account for these contrasting patterns?
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