On-demand mobility systems can ease commuters' burdens

Socially aware transit solutions focus on solving 'first/last mile' challenge

By Pascal Van Hentenryck

In the United States, car ownership is still the best predictor of upward social mobility. Indeed, the relationship between transportation and social mobility is stronger than that between mobility and several other factors, like crime, elementary school test scores or the percentage of two-parent families in a community (“Transportation Emerges as Crucial to Escaping Poverty,” Mikayla Bouchard, The New York Times, May 7, 2015).

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