Work, transport and wheelchair users

Picture showing the level access from the platform into the trainHow many jobs can a wheelchair user reach using public transport? Combining accessibility with potential jobs for wheelchair users is a useful way to show how access is good for individuals and the economy. We can add in anyone with difficulty walking, and also people taking their children to childcare near their workplace. In a Canadian study, the authors evaluated public transport networks in Montreal and Toronto, where both cities are retrofitting their networks to ensure that all individuals can use the public transport system. The objective was to create a method to identify gaps in accessibility by public transport to jobs for wheelchair users. Once the method was devised, they applied it to both cities, to calculate the number of jobs that can be reached within 45 minutes of travel by public transport by a wheelchair user compared to the number of job a non wheelchair user can access. In Toronto, wheelchair users have access to 75% of jobs compared to non wheelchair users. In Montreal this figure drops to 46%. The main reason for the difference is that Montreal has less accessible subway stations than Toronto. The title of the article is, Comparing accessibility to jobs by public transport for individuals with and without a physical disabilityThe article covers the development of the methodology, the results and analysis. It is worth noting that if wheelchair users can get out and about easily, others with mobility issues will also be served. So it is not just about a niche group particularly as our population ages.

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