- Fewer than half of the high school dropouts had a drivers’ license.
Two-thirds of all respondents had a driver’s license at the time of the survey (data not shown). The least educated respondents have the greatest transportation barriers, as judged by ability to drive, as shown in Appendix E Figure IV-b.28
- Vehicle ownership and access varied by education and employment status.
One-third of the respondents owned a car or other vehicle, and again, the likelihood of owning a vehicle increased with education (Appendix E Figure IV-b).29 Overall, 60% of the survey respondents either owned a vehicle or had access to a vehicle, and the likelihood of owning or having access to a vehicle increased with education (data not shown). Thus, lack of access to vehicles is probably a barrier for some non-employed recipients who would like to work.
- Almost a third of the respondents reported that transportation had been a barrier to employment, education, or training in the past year.
Respondents who were currently employed or attending school or training were asked how they got to their job or school. Almost half of these respondents drove to their job or school activities, while a third got rides (Appendix E Figure IV-c). Only 7% used buses or other public transportation, reflecting the fact that many areas of South Carolina have limited public transportation.