by Jodi Summers
Have you been part of the morning line of traffic waiting to get off the 10W freeway at Cloverfield? The jobs came to the beach before the mass transit. Think of how much easier the commute will be when the Bergamot Station stop on the Expo Line opens in 2015…just get a new place down the line…
Nationally, more than three-quarters of all jobs in the 100 largest metropolitan areas are in neighborhoods with transit service. Not that Santa Monica is one of the largest, we’re just a small metropolis…but between the Big Blue Bus, L.A. Metro Bus and the light rail line, you will be able to get pretty much anywhere in our 8.5 square mile city by mass transit…In Santa Monica, we are building lots of new apartments, townhomes and condos so you to live in along route.
A study by the Brookings Institute found that western metro areas like Los Angeles and Seattle exhibit the highest mass transit coverage rates. When combining bus and rail service, they exhibit near ubiquitous transit coverage rates and enable their jobs to access over half of their local labor pools. Los Angeles is better than average. Are we really up there with New York and Chicago? If so, just imagine trying to take the bus to work in Kansas….
Pundits say that the typical job is accessible to only about 27% of its metropolitan workforce by transit in 90 minutes or less. Labor access varies from the high of 64% in metropolitan Salt Lake City to a low of 6% in metropolitan Palm Bay, Florida. Studies conclude that city jobs are consistently accessible to larger shares of metropolitan labor pools than suburban jobs, reinforcing cities’ geographic advantage relative to transit routing. Hey, Santa Monica’s daily population is around 250,000 – more than double our nighttime population of 90,000. People are coming here for more than the beach. If you want to live here and join the fun, we can accommodate you in finding your new home.
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