I thought it could be interesting to see how many people live within walking distance of frequent transit in Columbus, so I downloaded some Census data and linked it to GIS maps of Census Block Groups.
Using a simple half-mile buffer of the three frequent transit routes (#1, #2, #10), I found that the census block groups within this area contained about 234,000 people in 2000. That is 22% of the population of Franklin County (1,068,978 according to 2000 data). That seems like a pretty sizable amount to me, but if we were setting goals,what percent would we want it to be? More? Maybe one third (33%) or one half (50%) of the population?
I’ll do a second post later to quantify how many more people would be within walking distance of frequent transit with various service improvement options.