Public Transit

Availability of public transportation is a critical factor in many women’s ability to access reproductive care. Anti-abortion legislation continues to increase the distance women in rural areas and conservative states must travel to access care.

 

Much of Wyoming and Idaho have no available public transportation. By design, this barrier disproportionally affects women that do not have access to car, such as young women in need. Public transit at for these long distances takes significantly longer than driving, resulting in even more time away work and therefore a larger loss of income than those able to drive the same distance.

Cost of an Abortion - Public Transit

If you are dependent on public transit to access an abortion, assuming that it is even available in your city, you pay even more. It takes longer to get where you need to go, resulting in more overnight trips and lost wages. Below are the average percent increase in total cost per state for women relying on public transit.

Travel Time to an Abortion

While the distance women must travel to access safe, legal, abortions is directly proportional to cost, it is also a primary factor in their abilities to safely become pregnant. The further women are from abortion care, the further they are from what could be life-saving emergency care. Below are the one-way drive times to clinics for women in Washington, Wyoming, and Idaho.

Travel to an Abortion - Public Transit

If you are dependent on public transit to access an abortion, assuming that it is even available in your city, you can expect to spend between 50% and 100% longer traveling than a person would by car for abortions at less than 13 weeks’ gestation. For procedures between 13 and 21 weeks, the travel time increases to 250-500%. Below are the average percent increase in one way commute time per state for women relying on public transit.

Public Transit

If you are dependent on public transit for transportation, your access to a safe and legal abortion depends heavily on where you live. Rural states, like Wyoming and Idaho, have large areas unserved by public transit. Below are the percentage of cities and towns, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, with public transit to an abortion clinic.

Citations for Graphics:

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