Mind the Gap

Using Public Transportation to Connect Neighborhoods and Grocery Stores

Traveling outside the neighborhood for food access can be complicated without a car. This two-page fact sheet describes why public transit matters for food access and strategies for improving healthy food access.

When grocery stores aren’t close to home, people have to travel outside of their neighborhoods to access nutritious foods. Without a vehicle, people must walk, bike, rely on family or friends, or hire a cab to take
them to the grocery store. In communities with public transportation, transit agencies can play a critical role in helping people overcome the transportation barriers to healthy food access.

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