Transit & Health in Black Communities

Throughout our time talking about Project Connect, we’ve been clear that an investment in transit is an investment in equity.

What we mean by that is that public transportation ridership is heavily weighted toward low-income communities and people of color. And so when we improve our services, those benefits go toward the people who need them the most.

In addition, our country’s history has resulted in a landscape tilted against Black communities, who experience worse health outcomes, higher levels of air pollution and lower levels of public services overall. Good access to strong transit can help combat those issues and more.

Some of the most obvious benefits of transit are financial. It’s expensive to own, operate and maintain a car after all, and a monthly bus pass costs just $41.25.

Some of those are safety-related. Traveling by public transit is 10 times safer than by car.

Traffic safety also affects health outcomes, because people riding transit are in fewer collisions and therefore suffer fewer traffic-related injuries. Transit also brings improvements to the overall health of Black people and other communities of color in a variety of ways:

  • Transit takes cars off the roads, reducing air pollution from vehicles.
  • Transit combines with other active forms of transportation like walking and biking to and from stops or stations, enabling riders to get more exercise.
  • Transit connects people to medical centers, hospitals and doctors offices, giving more people access to regular healthcare appointments.
  • Transit increases access to healthier food options as well.

Public transportation can be a great equalizer for all communities and historically has been essential for Black Americans.

CapMetro’s 2021 Year in Review

The 2021 fiscal year was one of the busiest, most challenging and exciting years for our agency.

Voters approved Project Connect, a transformational system expansion that will improve mobility throughout the region and make Austin a more equitable and livable city.

We continued to improve safety measures at our facilities and on board our vehicles, and provided emergency assistance to our community during the unprecedented winter storm.

Our commitment to our customers and staff allowed us to improve our services and plan for the bright future ahead.

In this video we’ll highlight how CapMetro is serving the Central Texas region, including a look at how we continue to implement new technology to ensure the safety and reliability of our services:

Llegando Más Alto – Otoño de 2021

Llegando más alto destaca las ultimas noticias de los proyectos y los eventos en Capital Metro. Esta edición de otoño de 2021 les da a ustedes las últimas noticias de Project Connect, el trabajo estamos haciendo en nuestra comunidad y como estamos apoyando a los miles de aficionados que se dirigen al Q2 Stadium para los juegos del Austin FC.

Vea la edición del otoño de 2021 de Llegando Más Alto aquí.

Reaching Higher – Fall 2021

Reaching Higher highlights recent updates in Capital Metro’s projects and happenings. This Fall 2021 issue offers updates on the progress we’ve made on Project Connect, the work we’re doing in our community and how we’re supporting the thousands of fans heading to Q2 Stadium for Austin FC games.

Check out the Fall 2021 issue of Reaching Higher here.