Precarious Car Ownership Among Low-Income Households

This research examines two aspects of low-income households’ car ownership histories First, how and where do households acquire cars? A car is likely a household’s most expensive durable asset. As such, understanding the processes of acquiring a car, the constraints that households face, and the compromises they make are crucially important. Second, when low-income households lose access to a car, how does this loss of mobility affect their employment, income, health, and other aspects of their lives? There is a wealth of transportation research examining the effects of acquiring a car, but losing a car is not well understood. This research will focus on the effects of losing a car on access to food, healthcare, recreational opportunities, childcare and child-serving travel, visits with friends and family, and the search for housing and employment.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $50808
  • Contract Numbers:

    69A3551747119

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Kline, Robin

  • Performing Organizations:

    Center for Transportation, Environment, and Community Health

    Cornell University
    Ithaca, NY  United States  14853
  • Principal Investigators:

    Klein, Nicholas

  • Start Date: 20211001
  • Expected Completion Date: 20220930
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01788165
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Transportation, Environment, and Community Health
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747119
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Nov 16 2021 12:35PM