Public Transportation

Definition: The percentage of workers aged 16 years and older who commute to work by public transportation.

Importance
Public transportation offers mobility to U.S. residents, particularly people without cars. Transit can help bridge the spatial divide between people and jobs, services and training opportunities. Public transportation is also beneficial because it reduces fuel consumption, minimizes air pollution and relieves traffic congestion.

Where We Are
In 2013, 1.9% of workers in Douglas County commuted to work by public transportation. The percent in Douglas County was higher than the State of Kansas but lower than the U.S. in the years from 2009 through 2013.

Health Disparities
Among workers who commute to work by public transportation in Douglas County:
  • Those that used public transportation to commute to work was highest among those  20-24 years of age.
  • Men were slightly more likely to use public transportation to commute to work than women.
Healthy People 2020 Goal
The target is to increase the proportion of workers who take public transportation to work to 5.5%.

Additional Information
Studies have found that men who commute to work on public transportation are 44% less likely to be overweight or obese due to increased active commuting.
Public Transportation-New Trend Analysis
Public Transportation-New Disparity Analysis