The Philadelphia Unemployment Project has been providing car pools to help inner city workers get to decent paying jobs in the suburbs for over a decade. However, programs like this are few and far between. SEPTA brings thousands of workers into the city every day, but getting to jobs in many parts of the surrounding suburbs by public transportation is extremely difficult.
A study by the Brookings Institute found that only 24% of jobs in the Philadelphia region are accessible in less than 90 minutes by SEPTA. 36% of Philadelphians have no cars with up to 50% of people in many inner city neighborhoods doing without their own vehicle.
That’s why we’re fighting to increase funding for programs like PUP’s Commuter Options. To get involved in the fight for transportation justice, call us at 215-557-0822.
Philly mismatch: Car-less city folks can’t fill jobs in ‘burbs
Commentary: Jobs in suburbs are inaccessible to city residents who lack transportation opportunities