Working families battling worsening transportation barriers, which drive away employment interest

According to a recent study out of The Ohio State University, more low-income people were forced to find work further away from their homes during the pandemic and especially during the state shutdown last year, compared to individuals who are better off financially. “Results showed that people living in low-income areas reduced their travel 41% during the lockdown significantly less than the 51% reduction found for people living in high-income areas and 49% reduction for those from middle-income neighborhoods.)”

Cornelia Martin, a single mother of one, says without reliable transportation there’s no way she would be able to keep food on the table and take care of her family. Though the reality of using public transportation still has its challenges on her daily routine, STNA job requirements, grocery shopping and other errands are at the mercy of pre-determined schedules.