2018 National Planning Conference

Poster: Transit Fare Structure and Equity: Atlanta

Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. CDT

Activity ID: NPC187104

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  • Implications of various fare structures from an equity perspective
  • Perform a similar assessment for your transit system
  • New evidence on which fare structure benefits the poor and minority groups


Public transit in the United States is used heavily by captive riders who depend on it for their mobility. Most of these transit systems have a flat-fare structure. There is conflicting evidence on who benefits from such a fare structure: either the poor and minority groups who live in inner-city areas, travel shorter distances to downtown jobs, and thus subsidize trips by rich suburban dwellers; or the poor and minority groups who live farther from employment centers and travel long distances. This research uses the on-board survey data of Atlanta's MARTA riders to evaluate equity impacts of different fare structures.

Session Speakers

Pooja Rao
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA