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COVID and Public Transit in the Houston Region   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Executive Summary: "Increasing access to and utilization of alternative modes of transportation is critical to reducing the public health impacts from exposure to harmful air pollution and decreasing greenhouse gases (GHGs) that are contributing to climate change. [...] Historically, communities of color and people with lower-incomes have relied heavily on public transit for basic survival needs such as going to and from work and obtaining food and necessities. These same communities have suffered disproportionately from the impact of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] - in part because overrepresentation in 'essential jobs' increases risk of contracting coronavirus and because unequal exposure to air pollution has contributed to underlying health conditions making them more susceptible to having worse coronavirus-related health outcomes.[...] Focusing on three Houston communities hit hard by the pandemic, our team conducted four distinct activities to better understand how COVID [coronavirus] affected residents' transportation use in our region: virtual focus groups with community members from each of the three focus areas; quantitative and qualitative data analysis of results from the focus groups and from various transportation, air quality, and social vulnerability data; a literature review; and a series of interviews with regional 'stakeholders' - elected officials, planners, and public policy professionals."

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Air Alliance Houston; LINK Houston; Texas Southern University
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