Transportation and Poverty

111,000 Monroe County residents live below the poverty line. 68,000 people in the city of Rochester (including over 50% of children) live in poverty. This page contains a collection of Reconnect Rochester’s work over the past several years, to explore the connection between poverty and transportation and possible solutions.

Commissioned Report

In April 2018, Reconnect Rochester released a commissioned report prepared by the Center for Governmental Research titled Transportation and Poverty in Monroe County: How Land Use, Job Locations and Commuting Options Affect Access to Jobs.

The report provides a first of its kind in-depth study of the major factors and dynamics at play in the relationship between transportation and our community’s persistent rate of poverty. Read more about the importance of the report, our partners, and our plans for follow-up advocacy work.

Documentary Films

Reconnect Rochester  — in partnership with Floating Home Films  — has produced two original local films exploring the intersection of transportation and poverty in our region.
This 2020 film explores transportation as a systemic equity issue, shares a front line view of the struggle, and highlights the innovative ways some local organizations are meeting transportation needs. The film was featured at a virtual Rochester Street Films event on Nov 12, 2020; click here to view a recording of the  event, including a panel discussion with local leaders.

This 2018 film focuses on the lives of three Rochesterians. Cee Cee, Nassir, and Eve give us a firsthand look at what life is like when you can barely afford to buy a bus pass, much less a car. After you watch the film, be sure to check out the video presentation and panel discussions below…

Blog Series

This collection of articles by Pete Nabozny and Brenda Massie, published in 2016, explores the connection between poverty and transportation and possible solutions.

Audio / Podcasts

Below are interviews and in-depth discussions with Reconnect Rochester and other community advocates on the subject of transportation and poverty.