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While some public transit agencies around the country operate late-shift services between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., additional services are “vitally needed” for a large share of riders who work nights and weekends, according to an American Public Transportation Association (APTA) study.
Late-shift workers in metropolitan areas are 40 percent less likely to commute via public transit because of inadequate service. Many commuters are much more likely to drive themselves or use transportation network company services such as Uber and Lyft, APTA officials said in a press release.
Late-shift transit commuters who work in industries like food service, health care, construction, education and finance, earn an estimated $28 billion in wages and generate $84 billion in sales each year, according to the study.
Increased late-night transit access would result in access to opportunities for late-shift employees and increase the pool of workers for employers, APTA officials concluded.
The study recommends transit agencies improve options for late-shift workers by: