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Transit Access and Zero-Vehicle Households

Millions of zero-vehicle households live in areas well served by transit. Yet hundreds of thousands of zero-vehicle households live out of transit's reach, particularly in the South and in the suburbs. And those with transit access still cannot reach a majority of jobs in metro areas within 90 minutes. Based on these trends, leaders must recognize these households' unique mobility needs and...

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Categories: Civil Rights

Tribes and Transportation: Policy Challenges and Opportunities

Tribes and Transportation: Policy Challenges and Opportunities addresses the critical need for transportation infrastructure development to foster economic development, job creation, and improve living conditions for individuals and families in American Indian/Alaska Native communities, and the millions of Americans who travel through our reservations every day.

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Categories: Labor & Employment

Latinos in the Transportation Sector

As the fastest-growing segment of the labor force and one that is already contributing to growth in the transportation sector, Latinos stand to benefit from job creation in transportation.  Policies designed to diversify the career opportunities available to Latino workers, especially those facing educational and language barriers, are critical to building on the momentum of job growth in this...

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Categories: Civil Rights
2011

Beavercreek Complaint Filed Under Title VI of Civil Rights Act of 1964

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. filed this complaint under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The complaint requested that the Federal Highway Administration and DOT undertake a full Title VI compliance investigation into the City of Beavercreek, Ohio, to determine if the City of Beavercreek’s denial of the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority’s application to place bus...

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Rising Above: Community Economic Development in a Changing Landscape

 

Community development corporations are non-profit, community-based organizations that anchor capital locally through the development of both residential and commercial property, ranging from affordable housing to shopping centers and even businesses. First formed in the 1960s, they have expanded rapidly in size and numbers since. An industry survey published in 2006 found that 4,600 CDCs...

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Categories: Biking and Walking

Implementing Safe Routes to School in Low-Income Schools and Communities: A Resource Guide for Volunteers and Professionals.

Children from low-income families are twice as likely to walk to school as children from higher-income families, and they face a higher risk of being injured or killed as pedestrians. That is why it is critical that low-income communities are able to access Safe Routes to School funds and implement successful programs.

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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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