This report includes a statewide analysis showing the relationship between high household financial burdens for housing and transportation costs and low regional economic recovery from 2008 to 2013. Virginia counties and regions exhibited similar patterns and we suspect that this relationship is not isolated to the 5-year time period that was analyzed. We recommend that the Virginia Department of Transportation, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, and transit agencies within the State consider these dynamics as they plan infrastructure investments and other system improvements. The same is true for housing development planning throughout the State, and that other locational costs, like transportation, be explicitly part of the planning process.
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