Report: Does Using Public Transit For Commuting Work?

By Adam Tuss
|  Friday, Nov 9, 2012  |  Updated 4:51 PM EDT
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Report: Does Using Public Transit For Commuting Work?

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So many people rely on public transportation, like the Metro system, to get around. But one organization is asking an important question: How easy is it for you to use mass transportation? And does it makes sense?

In most neighborhoods in our region, you don't have to go far to find a commuter train or bus -- a way to replace the car and help cut out our congestion.

A new report from the Brookings Institution says places like downtown D.C., Capitol Hill and Arlington are the best for linking jobs to transit.

But if you want to live in a place with numerous public transit options, you usually are going to have to pay a high housing cost for it.

And that means some workers simply can't live close to jobs.

Robert Puentes with the Brookings Institution says if we are not careful, a whole segment of our community could essentially be pushed farther away from the area.

"We've got to do a better job," Puentes said.

And longer commutes just add to the congestion problem.

This report is also calling for more affordable development around underused Metro stations, like along the Green Line in Prince George's County.

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