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Wednesday, April 22 • 1:40pm - 2:00pm
Redefining ‘ART’: Examining the Priorities of Riders of Asheville Redefines Transit Across Income Categories

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A large swath of transit and sociological related research suggests that access to quality transit directly influences the mobility of underserved, impoverished communities. Southern poverty, particularly in the Mountain South, is particularly hard to remedy without access to affordable transit options that allow commuters to commute to work, keep jobs, and attend to their personal needs. Between 2009-2013, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 20% of Asheville residents were below the poverty level. Asheville City maintains a bus transit service called ART: Asheville Redefines Transit and commissioned a survey in 2013 to collect feedback from bus riders. The purpose of this study is to take the City of Asheville’s analysis one step further using logistic regression techniques to find which improvements or desired improvements were most appreciated or needed by those who have an income below the poverty line and above the poverty line. This study finds that income level is a large determinant of ART ridership. However, there were no significant differences in priorities between commuters above and below the poverty line. The significance levels on desired improvements such as increased night service hours, rider safety, and reporting procedure were often below a P-level of 0.001. The findings from this statistical analysis suggest that ART can both increase ridership in low and high income categories while directly improving the lives of many who ride ART and depend on it for survival in Asheville.

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Wednesday April 22, 2015 1:40pm - 2:00pm
033 Karpen Hall

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