Urban education systems around the counry have implemented school choice policies aimed at expanding low-income students’ access to high-quality schools. However, true access to choice relies on dependable school- or parent-provided transportation. In this report, we review the available research on student transportation and profile transportation options in five choice-rich cities: Denver, Detroit, New Orleans, New York City, and Washington, DC. These cities vary widely in terms of providing publicly funded transportation for students, prompting new questions on how student transportation can be an enabler of, rather than a barrier to, equitable access to high-quality education in urban areas.
This report was corrected on April 19, 2017, to correct numbers regarding district spending that were misreported (page 3).