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Even an old clunker still requires maintenance, licensing, fuel, and insurance. A useful transit system, not to speak of even a fareless system, that makes it easy not to own a car is practically like cash in your pocket, a big boost in a strapped household - or homeless family.
a draft Housing Needs Assessment report, the City found that nearly 40% of Salem households live in "cost-burdened" arrangements, with 30% or more of family gross income spent on housing.
If you asked clients of charities what they would like, a minimally functional and even robust transit system probably would rank high on the list of useful things. Taking a meaningful chunk out of transportation expenses frees up money for housing or other choices a family might make.
And if you don't assume that transit is straight-up charity or social service, if you assume that good transit is more like a utility for all, for those with discretionary income, a lower-car life means more income that can be spent locally on goods and services.
Considered straight-up as charity, if companies have a choice between allocating $3000 to transit or $3000 to Extreme Home Makeover - really, is it that difficult to assess which impacts more people in need and better serves the community?
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