Tuesday, October 18, 2022

New Index Measures Transportation Insecurity

From Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity

The role of transportation is crucial  to holding a job, grocery shopping, and getting to school, child care, social services, and other activities. Transportation insecurity — the experience of being unable to move from place to place in a safe or timely manner — has important consequences for people’s ability to connect to opportunity and flourish. University of Michigan researchers have developed the first validated measure of transportation security that offers insights into who experiences transportation insecurity and enables researchers and practitioners to determine which interventions can improve this condition. Spotlight spoke recently with two members of the research team: Alix Gould-Werth, director of Family Economic Security Policy, Washington Center for Equitable Growth; and Alexandra Murphy, assistant professor of Sociology, University of Michigan. The transcript here, has been lightly edited for length and clarity.