National study encourages more transit service for late-shift workers

t’s expensive and it can be difficult logistically, but the American Public Transit Association is encouraging local transit agencies to find ways to provide more service for late-shift workers.

In a study released Wednesday in Washington, D.C., the association said public transit is important for late-shift workers because they earn substantially less than daytime employees. Serving those workers also is important to the businesses and industries that rely on late-shift workers but face higher operating costs because of high turnover and the cost of training new employees when it is too difficult to get to work, the 54-page study concluded.

The study said about 17% of the workforce in urban areas starts work after 4 p.m. and workers routinely have problems using public transit to get to work or to go home after their shift.