Report: Subway delays hit poorer New Yorkers more
Low-income subway riders suffer much more than middle- and upper-class New Yorkers when trains are delayed, a report issued by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York said.
New Yorkers with means (except for those in the suburbs) tend to live closer to the center of the city, while low-income residents often live in areas further away, such as Canarsie and East New York.
“Lower-income people tend to have longer commute times, and in turn have more opportunities to face extensive delays,” Nicole Gorton, senior research analyst at the New York Fed, told The New York Times.
In addition, New Yorkers with longer commutes tend to have fewer backup options, since lines away from the city’s central districts tend to be further apart from each other than, for example, the various lines around Brooklyn Borough Hall or Atlantic Avenue.
“Working-class or poorer people – we’re getting pushed farther and farther out, so it definitely impacts us more,” Khacia Glasgow, a student who lives in Midwood, told the Times.
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