Transportation’s 'Pink Tax' Is a Cost Burden on Women
A new report from New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation says women in New York City travel differently because of harassment and safety concerns on public transit and, as a result, spend more on monthly travel than men.
When women choose to use alternative travel modes, particularly at night, the added cost results in a “pink tax,” according to the report. Researchers found the median extra travel cost ranged from $26 to $50 a month.
“The cost burden falls even more heavily on people who take care of children—and research suggests that about three-quarters of the people doing that today are mothers,” reports Aarian Marshall. In addition to the challenges of traveling with children or elderly relatives, caregivers spend an additional $26 to $50 on travel.
“The most worrying question is this: What opportunities are women missing because they can’t get around the city safely or cheaply?” asks Marshall. The report offers various recommendations, including improved transit and for-hire vehicle safety, better training for first responders, and more women in leadership positions in transit agencies.