Shopping and Work Trips in the Black Ghetto

by Charles B. Notess, Asst. Prof.; Civ. Engrg. Dept., State Univ. of New York at Buffalo, NY,

Serial Information: Journal of the Urban Planning and Development Division, 1972, Vol. 98, Issue 1, Pg. 71-83

Document Type: Journal Paper


Presented herein is information on the willingness of autoless workers to travel lengthy journeys to work and trends, over a 16-yr period, in the access to jobs via bus and via car in the Buffalo, NY area. The frequency and mode of shopping trips as a function of neighborhood characteristics such as access to bus lines, types of stores and their distribution, car ownership and age is presented. The results of a survey in the inner city show that in 1968 bus commuters were willing to travel 2 to 3 times longer to have a choice of jobs 90% as great as that available to their neighbors who commuted by car. Use of a bus decreased by half, as the distance from house to bus stop increased from 0.1 miles to 0.25 miles. Latent demand for shopping trips among the elderly was limited to about 10% of the shoppers who would shop more frequently if travel were more convenient.

Subject Headings: Buses | Automobiles | Trip distribution | Commute | Travel time | Travel modes | Travel demand | Labor | New York | United States

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