Presentation by Dr Alasdair Jones, US-UK Fulbright Commission Visiting Scholar, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues (ISSI), UC Berkeley
Adjustments to public transport fare structures have been used by municipal governments globally as a means to increase uptake of public transport, reduce car dependence, reduce transport inequalities and ease road congestion. Like many other policy and infrastructural interventions, however, such measures can also be shown to have had a significant influence on public health despite their not having an explicit public health brief. In this presentation, Dr Alasdair Jones presents the findings of the mixed-methods ‘On the buses’ study which set out to explore the public health impact of the granting of concessionary bus travel to young people in London, UK. These findings will be discussed in the context of broader public transport provision in London. In addition, the public health implications of these findings for San Francisco – where the Municipal Transportation Agency's Board of Directors has recently voted that low-income youth will be able to ride the city's public transportation system for free – will be considered.
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