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Report: Poor public transportation hurts Latinos

July 10, 2013

BOSTON (AP) — A new study says poor public transportation options hurt low-income Latino residents by making it difficult for them to hold jobs, keep medical appointments, and provide for their families.

The report was released Tuesday by the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy and the community organization Neighbor to Neighbor.

It focused on Latino communities in East Boston, Lynn, Springfield and Worcester and found that nearly 40 percent of 362 respondents said they sacrifice a basic necessity to afford transportation.

The report recommends additional funding for regional transit authorities to expand hours, increase bus frequency, and add new routes.

Ana Sanoguel of Springfield, and an activist with Neighbor to Neighbor, says buses in her neighborhood are infrequent and don’t run late enough to allow her to do grocery shopping.

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