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Getting around when you’re just getting by: Transportation survival strategies of the poor

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Getting around when you're just getting by: The travel behavior and transportation expenditures of low-income adults
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Agrawal, Asha W.
Blumenberg, Evelyn A.
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October 2014
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October 2014
Journal of Poverty
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January 2011
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Researchers argue that transportation expenditures impose a heavy burden on low-income households, many of whom experience difficulty managing their travel costs. However, relatively little research explores how low-income households manage their mobility needs. To address this issue, this study uses qualitative data from interviews with 73 low-income people living in and around San Jose, California. The interviews reveal the resiliency of low-income families in creatively managing their transportation costs. However, the transportation survival strategies of the poor can come at a high price—fewer miles traveled and, therefore, reduced access to opportunities that may lift them out of poverty. (author abstract)

This article is based on a conference paper that was previously published by the Transportation Research Board.

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