Graduate Project

Public Transit Service in City of San Diego Disadvantaged Communities

A reliable and efficient public transportation system, with equitable access, is a keystone to having economically viable and sustainable communities. It is essential for a good quality of life especially for disadvantaged communities with no other means of transportation. Public transportation is a critical way for cities to relieve congestion, reduce pollution, provide access to job hubs, education institutions, health care facilities, and other public services. In the United States, reliable public transportation systems are limited to densely populated areas, while areas with low population density lack a reliable transit system. Transportation investments toward building new services and maintaining existing ones have provided more advantages to affluent communities more than low income ones, suburban communities more than urban ones, Freeways and roadways more than public transit. This study, compares public transportation systems between the U.S. and Europe, highlights U.S. cities with reliable transportation systems by concentrating on the San Diego public transit system and discussing its latest successful transportation projects along with the political influence of the distribution of the allocated government transportation funds amongst affluent and disadvantaged communities.