A new report by Adie Tomer, released by the Brookings Institution, examines metro-level data on jobs located near transit, the number of workers within reach of job locations, and how these trends vary across industries and across cities and suburbs. Mr. Tomer ranks the 100 largest metropolitan areas for how effectively transit gives employers access to the metropolitan workforce.
Supplementary individual metropolitan profiles explain metropolitan transit coverage, labor access rates, and industry trends. Salt Lake City, San Jose, and Honolulu top the list of areas that provide the best labor access via transit, while Palm Bay, Poughkeepsie, and Riverside are at the bottom and provide the worst access. The report concludes with policy recommendations, calling for public and private sector leaders to shift policy to enhance transit accessibility by: 1) considering job locations in transit investment decisions; 2) using policy levers and governance reforms to enhance access to suburban locations; and 3) investing in data systems to improve decision making.