The lack of affordable, reliable transportation is a significant barrier to maintaining employment for low-income families throughout Kentucky. An increasing number of job opportunities are located in regions that are inaccessible to individuals without their own transportation. Bus service, especially in rural areas, is very limited, and even where public transit is available, it may not be compatible with the shift work of many low-wage earners. Lack of transportation is also problematic for families when a parent’s job and childcare provider are located a great distance from each other.
Life without a vehicle limits options for employment, livable wages, health care, and childcare. The negative impact spans generations as transportation barriers limit parental involvement in their children’s education and after-school programs.
Information provided by the Federal Transportation Administration, Urban Institute Study, and 2010 American Community Survey.