The Decline in Transit-Sustaining Densities in U.S. Cities (2011)

Title: The Decline in Transit-Sustaining Densities in U.S. Cities, 1910–2000 (2011)

Article in: Climate Change and Land Policies

Authors: Shlomo Angel, A.M. Blei, J. Parent, and D.L. Civco

First published: 2011

Pages: 191-210

Overview: A century of density decline in U.S. metropolitan areas has posed structural challenges to the provision of transit services.  This article shows that both the share of the metropolitan populations that can sustain transit and the share of metropolitan ares that can sustain transit have declined substantially over time and are now exceedingly low in most U.S. metropolitan areas.

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