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Yingling Fan presents research on access to jobs in the Twin Cities metro area.

Fan shared highlights from recent work that examined locations of low-wage workers and jobs before and after the construction of the Hiawatha light-rail transit (LRT) line. Her team compared accessibility in areas near Hiawatha LRT stations, areas connected to Hiawatha by bus routes, and areas served by regular transit. They found the highest accessibility increases in Hiawatha station areas and the second highest increases in connection areas-- exactly as their hypothesis predicted. "Hiawatha LRT played a significant role in improving the region's accessibility to lowwage jobs," she said.

Center for Transportation Studies
April 1, 2012

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