California is the destination for over one-quarter of immigrants to the United States, and immigrants now make up over one-quarter of the state's population. To ensure that transportation systems and services adequately meet the needs of recent immigrants, planners need a firm understanding of the travel behavior of immigrant groups. This paper reports on key findings from a three-phased study: (1) analysis of data on commute travel of California immigrants from the 1980, 1990, and 2000 Censuses; (2) focus groups with recent Mexican immigrants on their transportation experiences and needs in six California regions; and (3) interviews with community-based organizations in nine California regions on the transportation needs and wants of Mexican immigrants. These findings point to a long list of potential strategies for agencies and organizations to consider in efforts to more effectively meet the transportation needs of Mexican and other immigrants in California.
January 1, 2008
Handy, S., Blumenberg, E., Donahue, M., Lovejoy, K., Rodier, C., Shaheen, S., et al. (2008). Travel Behavior of Mexican and Other Immigrant Groups in California. Berkeley Planning Journal, 21(1). http://dx.doi.org/10.5070/BP321112726. Retrieved from https://escholarship.org/uc/item/64m4j009