Residential Transit Access

Desired Trend

Up

Current Trend

Baseline (2007-2011): 42.0%
Current: Unavailable

Theme Connected

Definition

Percent of households within 1/4 mile of a transit stop

Why is it Important?

Public transit advances sustainability by providing affordable transportation that enables residents to access destinations such as work, shopping, school, and social activities. The benefits of public transit increase when more residents use the system – pollution decreases, congestion declines, and the local economy is improved.1 This indicator provides a simple analysis of access by measuring the percent of households that are located within ¼ mile of a transit stop.2 The ¼ mile distance corresponds to a convenient walking time of about 10 minutes. This indicator does not measure the level of access for each household, such as whether the household has access to particular destinations, or if they can access those destinations within a reasonable time frame, but it does provide a general picture of access to public transit for residents.

How are we Doing?

In the St. Louis region 42.0 percent of households are located within ¼ mile of a transit stop, which corresponds to 428,132 households out of a total of 1,018,880.3 As shown on the map, many households in the city of St. Louis have transit access, and there are corridors or pockets of access in most of the counties.

Geographic Level

St. Louis eight county bi-state region, including Franklin, Jefferson, St. Charles and St. Louis counties and city of St. Louis in Missouri and Madison, Monroe and St. Clair counties in Illinois. View map.

Notes

1American Public Transportation Association, Public Transportation Benefits; accessed on 6 March 2014 at http://www.apta.com/mediacenter/ptbenefits/pages/default.aspx

2Transit stops for the residential transit access indicator include bus and MetroLink stops for Metro Transit, bus stops for the St. Charles Area Transit system, and the full length of bus routes for the Madison County Transit (MCT) system. During the period of analysis MCT used a flag stop system in which passengers could get on or off the bus at any intersection. As of 2014 MCT is transitioning to designated bus stops.

3The baseline data for this indicator is based on 2007-2011 population data. No current data is available at this time.

Data Sources

American Community Survey, United States Census Bureau and East-West Gateway Council of Governments