Broward News

Florida Metros Dominate List of "Cities Where Americans Can't Get to Work"

Gov. Rick Scott loves to use the phrase "let's go to work," but another problem to list on top of his job-building woes is that people in Florida literally can't get to work.

Keep in mind the rejected federal funds for that high-speed rail project as you read this, as a transportation analysis has ranked the nation's metropolitan areas by the share of jobs that the average person could reach by public transportation within 90 minutes.

Florida metropolitan areas occupy four out of the top ten spots where people don't have access to many of the jobs in their area, and no other state occurs on the list twice.

The list, from 24/7 Wall St., cites that more than 7.5 million American households don't own an automobile, and while most of the people in those households live within a mile of a public transit stop, those people can reach only around 40 percent of the jobs in their metropolitan area within 90 minutes.

The Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach area ranks ninth worst in the nation, Orlando-Kissimmee ranks eighth, Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater ranks seventh, and Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville ranks as the absolute worst in the nation.

In the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach area, 97.2 percent of people are considered "covered" by public transportation, although the typical resident of the area can reach only 19.7 percent of the jobs in the area within an hour and a half.

How could that possibly be, with one of the highest rates of public-transportation coverage in the nation? According to 24/7 Wall St., it's partly due to "a lack of rapid transit, which prevents people from being able to reach jobs in a reasonable amount of time."

We told you to keep that high-speed-rail idea in mind.

Up in the Palm Bay area, just 8.3 percent of jobs can be reached within 90 minutes, although the high-speed rail route wouldn't have gone through the area anyway.

In other news, Scott managed to rake in $745 million for New York and New Jersey transportation yesterday.

24/7 Wall St.'s list of "Cities Where Americans Can't Get to Work" can be found here.

Follow The Pulp on Facebook and on Twitter: @ThePulpBPB. Follow Matthew Hendley on Facebook.

KEEP NEW TIMES BROWARD-PALM BEACH FREE... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Matthew Hendley
Contact: Matthew Hendley