BOSTON — With lim­ited quality public trans­porta­tion, many low-​​income Latino res­i­dents across Mass­a­chu­setts are reliant on cars, and it’s adversely affecting their finances and job choices, a new report (PDF) argues.

The study — com­prised of sur­veys con­ducted in East BostonLynnSpring­field andWorcester — finds that a majority of respon­dents rely, often out of neces­sity, on an auto­mo­bile as their pri­mary mode of trans­porta­tion, over more afford­able, but per­haps less effi­cient, public transit options.

Too many low-​​income and working fam­i­lies in Mass­a­chu­setts are forced to choose between expen­sive depen­dence on auto­mo­biles and inad­e­quate, time-​​consuming public trans­porta­tion,” said Stephanie Pol­lock, of North­eastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, in a press release accom­pa­nying the report.

The Dukakis Center con­ducted the 362 sur­veys with the com­mu­nity orga­nizing groupNeighbor to Neighbor Mass­a­chu­setts. The sample was 80 per­cent people of His­panic origin, and 75 per­cent of the sample reported total house­hold incomes below $20,000.

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