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Categories: Labor & Employment

Working Together: A Systems Approach for Transit Training

This publication draws example from the Center’s national labor-management committees, which have met regularly for several years to develop consensus training guidelines. These joint committees have focused on five transit maintenance occupations: bus, rail signals, traction power, rail vehicles and transit elevator/escalator. A parallel joint effort has been crafting a national framework for...

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Categories: Health

The Hidden Health Costs of Transportation Backgrounder

This report outlines how the connection between health and the built environment impacts the pocketbook; it also provides a summary of the process of planning, funding and building transportation systems, and discusses key opportunities for public health professionals to get involved in the process. 

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All Aboard! Making Equity and Inclusion Central to Federal Transportation Policy

In this executive summary, PolicyLink addresses the key issues that comprise the quest for equitable transportation policies in three broad categories: shaping communities, powering the economy, and influencing health. We also summarize recommendations for the next federal transportation authorization organized around the broader equity questions: Who benefits? Who pays? Who decides?

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Categories: Housing

Walking the Walk: Executive Summary

Analyzed data from 94,000 real estate transactions in 15 major markets and found that in 13 of the 15 markets, higher levels of walkability, as measured by Walk Score, were directly linked to higher home values. Key Finding: Houses with the above-average levels of walkability command a premium of about $4,000 to $34,000 over houses with just average levels of walkability.

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Aging Americans: Stranded Without Options

The demographics of the United States will change dramatically during the next 25 years as more baby boomers reach their 60s, 70s, and beyond. The U.S. Census Bureau projects that the number of Americans age 65 or older will swell from 35 million to more than 62 million by 2025- nearly an 80 percent increase. As people grow older today. they often become less willing or able to drive, making...

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Transit Equity Matters: An Equity Index and Regional Analysis of the Red Line and Two Other Proposed CTA Transit Extensions

For the last six years, DCP, a faith-based organization serving Greater Roseland, has conducted its most far-reaching community organizing effort: the CTA Red Line Extension Campaign. This campaign addresses a 38-year history of neglect by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) to extend CTA's Red Line to Chicago's far south side city limits, the most job inaccessible area of Chicago.

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On The Ground With Comprehensive Community Initiatives

This publication summarizes the major programs of ten initiatives, including sources and amounts of funding as well as positive individual and neighborhood impacts. Some of these initiatives began with a comprehensive approach in the 1990s, while others began as single purpose initiatives and gradually became comprehensive over many years. This study highlights proven elements of each...

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Categories: Housing

The Future of Fair Housing: Report of the National Commission on Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

Forty years ago, Congress passed Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (the “Fair Housing Act”), which prohibits discrimination in public and private housing markets that is based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, or familial status. The Act requires communities and the federal government to proactively further fair housing residential integration, and equal...

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Categories: Housing

Building a Better Urban Future: New Directions for Housing Policies in Weak Market Cities

There are few tasks more important and more necessary in American society today than the regeneration of “weak market cities.” This paper outlines an extensive list of housing strategies for change in these cities as part of their revitalization efforts. It is intended to help CDCs, government agencies, lenders, community members, and foundations assess the effectiveness of current...

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Driven To Spend: Pumping Dollars out of Our Households and Communities

The Surface Transportation Policy Project (STPP) and the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) have released a report that examines transportation costs and the effect of gas prices on family budgets. The study ranks 28 metropolitan areas on their combined transportation and housing costs and recommends specific actions that federal, state, and local governments can take to reduce the...

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Socioeconomic Differences in Household Automobile Ownership Rates: Implications for Evacuation Policy

The devastation wrought by hurricane Katrina laid bare many of the disparities that continue to separate Americans by race and class. One disparity that was immediately apparent in Katrina’s aftermath concerned the size and composition of the area’s populations that lacked access to an automobile. These households, largely dependent on the limited emergency public transportation available to...

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Are We There Yet? Assessing the Performance of State Departments of Transportation on Accommodating Bicycles and Pedestrians

The study looked closely at four topics: statewide bicycle and pedestrian plans, accommodating bicycles in state highway projects, providing sidewalks for pedestrians in state highway projects located in urban areas, and implementing a statewide Safe Routes to School program. The NCBW reviewed federal legislation, regulations, polices, and guidance, as well as the policies and recommended...

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Diversity That Works: The American Worker Speaks

For more than 40 years, corporations across the nation have invested a great deal of energy and resources in the area of diversity. Today diversity is not only part of the culture of many corporations but a core business strategy as well. Yet the business community has struggled to develop a meaningful measure of the effectiveness of diversity and inclusion programs.

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The End of the American Dream for Blacks and Latinos: How the Home Mortgage Crisis is Destroying Black and Latino Wealth, Jeopardizing America’s Future Prosperity and How to Fix It

As the United States slips deeper into its most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression, a crippling blow to families and the long term health of the nation’s economy will occur through massive foreclosures and the spillover destruction of household wealth. Recent foreclosure projections estimate a total of 2.4 million homes lost in 2009 and 9 million lost during 2009-2012. Goldman...

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Stranded at the Station

Stranded at the Station: The Impact of the Financial Crisis in Public Transportation is the first systematic analysis of the conundrum faced by communities and their transit systems: Historic ridership and levels of demand for service, coupled with the worst funding crisis in decades.

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More Transit = More Jobs: New Report

What would happen if 20 metropolitan areas shifted 50% of their highway funds to transit? They would generate 1,123,674 new transit jobs over a five-year period — for a net gain of 180,150 jobs over five years — without a single dollar of new spending. That's the finding of TEN's new study, more Transit=More Jobs. 

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