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Running on empty : Transport, social exclusion and environmental justice - Karen Lucas

Running on empty

Transport, social exclusion and environmental justice

By: Karen Lucas (Editor)

Paperback Published: 13th October 2004
ISBN: 9781861345691
Number Of Pages: 320

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The lack of access to transportation among low-income groups is increasingly being recognised as a barrier to employment and social inclusion both in Britain and the United States. However, 'transport poverty', and its links with wider welfare objectives, is poorly understood. This groundbreaking book looks at the delivery of transport from a social policy perspective to assist in a better understanding of this issue. Running on empty: argues that past failure to address fundamental inequalities in the ability of low-income households to access adequate transport has undermined effective delivery of welfare policies in the US and UK; describes the new policies and initiatives being developed to address this oversight; outlines the case for including transport as an area of social policy inquiry, identifying key factors; uses case study examples of practical initiatives from both sides of the Atlantic to draw lessons for future policy and practice. The book is aimed at students, researchers, policy-makers and practitioners with an interest in understanding the social effects of transport policy. The comparison between US and UK policy and practice adds an important new dimension to those familiar with the subject, while its easy-to-read format and well-illustrated case study examples make it an ideal first text for newcomers to the field.

"This timely and informative book is unique in addressing issues of social exclusion and distributive justice in transportation from a comparative perspective. It contains introductory material useful in teaching and more advanced case studies useful in research and advocacy work. It should be read by anyone seriously interested in the subject." Martin Wachs, Director, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Berkeley "With both transport and poverty and social exclusion at the top of the current political agenda, this highly topical book fulfils a pressing need for a publication that spans the transport and social policy fields." Chris Banister, School of Planning and Landscape, The University of Manchester

List of figures and tablesp. iv
Acknowledgementsp. vi
Notes on definitions and spellingsp. viii
Notes on contributorsp. x
List of abbreviationsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Setting the context
Locating transport as a social policy problemp. 7
Examining the empirical evidence of transport inequality in the US and UKp. 15
The UK perspective
Transport and social exclusionp. 39
Ensuring access and participation in the Liverpool city regionp. 55
Halton Neighbourhood Travel Teamp. 69
BraunstoneBus: a link with the futurep. 95
A road less travelled: case studies from community transportp. 119
Conclusions from the UK experiencep. 145
The US perspective
Transportation and environmental justicep. 155
Job isolation in the US: narrowing the gap through job access and reverse-commute programsp. 181
Community impact assessment for US17p. 197
Crossroad blues: the MTA Consent Decree and just transportationp. 221
Women's issues in transportationp. 257
Conclusions from the US experiencep. 281
Transferring the lessons
Towards a 'social welfare' approach to transportp. 291
Indexp. 299
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ISBN: 9781861345691
ISBN-10: 1861345690
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 13th October 2004
Publisher: Policy Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 17.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.57