The photograph was taken on this trip to Anacostia (see: The People of Washington, DC’s Anacostia are Building a Culture of Health), hosted by Khadijah Tribble (@tribbleme) who introduced me to Lisa Fitzpatrick, MD (@askdrfitz) who is doing pretty engaging work herself at Promoting Practical Health.
Things that seem so basic west of the river are not so east of the river:
The first is that a current bus route or Metro station may see substantial usage even if service is poor, if there are no alternatives. In higher-income neighborhoods, transit agencies can use simple data analysis to learn which routes offer the best service, because those are likely to be the busiest; middle-income riders will most likely not use low-quality routes, but instead take taxis, use ride-hailing services like Uber, or buy cars. But in low-income communities, such analysis would reveal very little, forcing WMATA to understand quality of service using theoretical insight into best practices, combined with outreach within the community.
Washington, DC continues to be the most impressive learning lab in the country for how to provide everyone what they need so that they can achieve their life goals.
I enjoy learning from my photos more than I enjoy taking them 🙂 .
Improving bus service east of the Anacostia River – D.C. Policy Center