Paul Krueger, now a planner with the City of Vancouver, sent a new report from the States on the link between transportation costs and housing affordability.
You can get the whole report here.
It’s mostly common-sense stuff. But it makes the decisions of the our governments all the more mysterious. We have money to build freeways and serve car-dependent land use, but not the resources to proceed with the Evergreen light-rail line, the Broadway extension of the Millennium line, and – worst of all, really – the Surrey Rapidbus lines. The very people who need relief the most are being promised something that will only make their combined costs more onerous.
“This study presents, for the first time, the combined housing and transportation cost burdens of working families in 28 metropolitan areas at the neighborhood level. … [Working families] spend about 57 percent of their incomes on the combined costs of housing and transportation, with roughly 28 percent of income going for housing and 29 percent going for transportation.
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… it is imperative for cities and regions to consider housing and transportation policy together.