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  • Individual Author: Gustitus, Sandra; Simmons, Melody; Waller, Margy
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2008

    Changes in the location of work and residence in the last century have dramatically altered the landscape of our nation and changed the transportation needs of communities and workers. As a result, most communities now depend on private vehicle access to ensure that workers can fill and retain jobs by effectively managing the distance and travel time between work and home and access to goods and services not well served by public transit. In recent decades, policymakers have created new barriers to economic strength and employment by adopting legislation that makes license holding, and therefore access to legal driving, more tenuous—particularly for low-wage employees. In this report, we highlight promising initiatives and provide recommendations for policymakers to reduce the impact of economic license suspensions that are unrelated to driving competency and public safety. (author abstract)

    Changes in the location of work and residence in the last century have dramatically altered the landscape of our nation and changed the transportation needs of communities and workers. As a result, most communities now depend on private vehicle access to ensure that workers can fill and retain jobs by effectively managing the distance and travel time between work and home and access to goods and services not well served by public transit. In recent decades, policymakers have created new barriers to economic strength and employment by adopting legislation that makes license holding, and therefore access to legal driving, more tenuous—particularly for low-wage employees. In this report, we highlight promising initiatives and provide recommendations for policymakers to reduce the impact of economic license suspensions that are unrelated to driving competency and public safety. (author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Garsky, Steven; Fletcher, Cynthia N.; Jensen, Helen H.
    Reference Type: Journal Article
    Year: 2006

    This study examines the role of reliable vehicles in facilitating employment, using a new data set, the Iowa Transportation and Employment Survey. The empirical results document significantly higher levels of transportation problems and human capital barriers among low-income households compared to other households and among low-income nonworking adults compared to their employed counterparts. The multivariate analysis of low-income households shows that employment and reliable transportation are related. Respondents without access to a reliable vehicle are less likely to be employed; those employed are more likely to have access to a reliable vehicle. Residence in an area adjacent to a metropolitan area has a positive effect on working. (author abstract)

    This study examines the role of reliable vehicles in facilitating employment, using a new data set, the Iowa Transportation and Employment Survey. The empirical results document significantly higher levels of transportation problems and human capital barriers among low-income households compared to other households and among low-income nonworking adults compared to their employed counterparts. The multivariate analysis of low-income households shows that employment and reliable transportation are related. Respondents without access to a reliable vehicle are less likely to be employed; those employed are more likely to have access to a reliable vehicle. Residence in an area adjacent to a metropolitan area has a positive effect on working. (author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Fletcher, Cynthia Needles; Garasky, Steven; Jensen, Helen H.
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2002

    This paper uses a new dataset, the Iowa Transportation and Employment Survey, to examine transportation-related barriers to employment among households in a 5-county area that includes a small metropolitan county, two counties adjacent to the metro area, and two rural nonadjacent counties. Human capital barriers and transportation problems are significantly greater among low-income compared to other households, and among low-income nonworking adults compared to their employed counterparts. A two-stage multivariate analysis suggests that human capital, transportation resources and barriers, and location are predictors of employment and wages. (Author abstract)

    This paper uses a new dataset, the Iowa Transportation and Employment Survey, to examine transportation-related barriers to employment among households in a 5-county area that includes a small metropolitan county, two counties adjacent to the metro area, and two rural nonadjacent counties. Human capital barriers and transportation problems are significantly greater among low-income compared to other households, and among low-income nonworking adults compared to their employed counterparts. A two-stage multivariate analysis suggests that human capital, transportation resources and barriers, and location are predictors of employment and wages. (Author abstract)

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