Bus to work? For 82 percent of residents, it’s not feasible

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority is advertising the cost-effectiveness of commuting by bus at a time when gasoline is selling for north of $3.50 a gallon. The trouble is, fewer than 20 percent of the jobs in the Kansas City metropolitan area are reachable in 90 minutes via public transit.

Job access (or lack thereof) is one of the reasons that Kansas City ranked 90th out of 100 U.S. cities in a recent study of transit coverage. In a typical metropolitan area, residents can reach about 30 percent of jobs via transit, according to the Brookings Institution. In Kansas City, only 18 percent of jobs are reachable.

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