Urban education systems around the country 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).