Fall 2017 SAVI Online Magazine Emagazine Fall 2017 FINAL - Page 9

The transit riders tend to live in neighborhoods that have more non-car commuters, higher rates of cost-burdened households, greater access to parks, more people of color, and better access to parks than the county as a whole. “There are jobs out there without people, and there are people without jobs. And transit is really the connector between those two. I don’t think folks who have other means really appreciate how valuable it is to those of limited means in finding work and making an income and gaining financial stability.” — JAMES TAYLOR CEO, John H. Boner Community Center would have more volunteers on a regular basis if they promoted the bus as a way to get there. And it doesn’t have to be older people. It can be anybody. If people thought, ‘Oh, it’s on the bus line and the bus is pretty dependable’—that’s a good way to promote volunteering.” Polis found that one in five IndyGo riders is retired or unemployed. They mostly use the bus for social purposes (like visiting friends, going to church, or volunteering) and for health purposes (like visits to the doctor). These riders tend to be older, and they use the bus less often than commuters. SAVI’s neighborhood-level data, which made this research possible, allows planners and policymakers to understand the impact of their decisions on people like Denise Smith, Kevin Sutton, the millennials that IndyHub works with, and many others. It can inform transit policy decisions that impact all rider groups by shedding light on who uses public transit, how they use it, and the unique aspects of the communities in which riders live. 9