National Center for Sustainable Transportation
Do Rail Transit Stations Induce Displacement?
- Author(s): Boarnet, Marlon
- Bostic, Raphael
- Rodnyansky, Seva
- Santiago-Bartolomei, Raúl
- Williams, Danielle
- et al.
As the construction and usage of rail transit proliferates in cities across the world, concerns abound about impacts on surrounding neighborhoods – including gentrification and displacement. Los Angeles County has seen a massive rail transit buildout—from zero to 93 stations along six lines—in 25 years. This boom has led to a prevailing perception that Los Angeles’ rail transit development causes an influx of high-income residents and an outflow of low-income residents near rail stations.
This policy brief summarizes research that tests this perception by answering the following questions related to rail transit and household moves: Do rail transit stations affect residential move rates in surrounding neighborhoods? And, if so, then are lower income or long-term residents disproportionally displaced from the neighborhood?