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Community Forum: Access to Transportation. Is it a barrier to employment?

by The Berks Alliance

Apr 04, 2019

Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM (EDT)


Schmidt Center
Reading Area Community College , Reading PA 19602
10 South Second Street
Reading, PA 19602
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The days of everyone being able to walk to work are long since past.  Can access to transportation be a barrier to employment?  How important is public transportation?  What role can employers play in getting workers to work?

Nearly 40% of the young adult workers in the City of Reading depend on public transportation to get to their jobs  One of every seven workers in the city have at least a 45 minute one way commute to work every day; but twice as many of those relying on public transportation are spending that much time traveling to their jobs.  And nearly a third of those workers who use mass transit have no car, making them totally dependent on catching the bus.

Researchers from the Philadelphia Federal Reserve will share information about what they have found out about how access to transportation affects the pool of talent available for employers.  The will speak about the types of jobs that are most affected by the issues of access to transportation.  They will be joined by community leaders in other areas of the Commonwealth who have struggled to address this issue. They will talk about what those communities have done to deao with this hidden problem.  What have employers done that can work here in Reading.  And what are some of our employers already done.

Join us for an interesting discussion of the hidden impact that access to transportation poses for our workforce and our businesses.  And please share this with others who might be interested in learning more about this.


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Free parking is available at the RACC parking lot on Washington Street

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Dave Myers at [email protected]

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes.  Your ticket entitles you or your substitute to lunch.

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