Transportation has become a key barrier to those moving from welfare to work. Nationally, while two-thirds of all new jobs are now in the suburbs, three-quarters of welfare recipients live in rural areas or centra cities. Public transit tends to be available in the suburbs only on a limited basis, and even in the center city, may not be available to serve late-evening or early-morning work shifts.
In an effort to more precisely identify the specific problems created by this state of affairs, a detailed analysis was conducted of jobs, job-seekers, and transportation services in Hillsborough County. By comparing areas with transportation needs with available transportation resources it is possible to make recommendations to improve access to jobs in Hillsborough County.