Let's Break It Down
Without additional community investment, the only way to increase access is to increase ridership rates.
For people living below the poverty line, 3% use public transportation compared to 2% of people living slightly above the poverty line, and 1% of individuals who live above the poverty line. Of those living below the poverty line, 74% use a car, truck, or van to get to work, and 4% walk.
The overall percentage of those who carpool to work within our community is 9%. However, we find that the percentage increases to 13% for those living below the poverty line, and 15% for those living slightly above the poverty line.
Increasing access and timeliness of public transit will require significant additional investment. The Omaha Master Transportation Plan noted that rider fares account for 16% of Metro’s budget, compared to the national average of 29%, making it difficult for Metro to increase access until it increases its ridership. Bluffs Tomorrow, Council Bluff’s master plan, notes that while Metro has increased routes in the city, the current model may not support local services or increase mobility between neighborhoods. We have an opportunity to invest in expanding the infrastructure of our public transit system.