American cities with rail transit are more likely to attract well-educated young people to live centrally

While we tend to think of the US as a car-dominated society – especially when compared to countries in Europe and elsewhere – tens of millions of Americans use public transport every year to get around. In new research, we investigate how investment in American rail infrastructure has shaped population and residential patterns, with a specific focus on how commuter rail and urban rail transit systems may have influenced where college-educated young people live in US cities. We find a strong link between the presence of urban rail transit (light or heavy rail) in a city and a larger proportion of young college-educated people living closer to the city’s centre.

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Shelly Jo Jacobs

Author: Shelly Jo Jacobs