Public Transit and Access to Jobs

This study examines the effectiveness of Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) bus routes 6 and 61 in providing access to suburban job locations for residents of inner-city Milwaukee neighborhoods. The two routes provide the only bus service between inner-city areas of Milwaukee and job centers in the Waukesha and Washington county suburbs, yet there are no plans to continue operating these routes beyond 2018. The study uses GIS analysis, survey research of bus passengers, and qualitative interviews of employers to determine how effectively these bus routes have performed since they were established in 2015, and how disruptive it may be for bus passengers and employers if the routes are discontinued.

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