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Categories: Infrastructure
Webinars | 2017

What does gentrification and displacement mean for Equitable Economic Development?

In many cities, there is much debate about defining and identifying gentrification. There is also a lively debate about the relationship between economic development activities, like new retail or corridor revitalization, and displacement of residents and local businesses. Many city leaders struggle with how to understand how gentrification and displacement impacts their residents, especially...

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Categories: Infrastructure
Webinars | 2017

Ensuring Equity-Centered Provisions in Upcoming Infrastructure Proposals: A Strategy Discussion Webinar

  • In this strategy discussion on crafting an infrastructure proposal that would serve as an opportunity to improve the social determinants of health and quality of life for underserved families and communities, experts explored the tools and policy mechanisms that can be used to address health and economic disparities and identified strategies to ensure equity is built into infrastructure...
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Categories: Infrastructure

Fostering Access to Opportunity HUD’s Proposed Affirmatively Furthering Housing Rule

The Fair Housing Act of 1968 requires HUD to conduct programs in such a manner that “affirmatively furthers fair housing” – a term that has never been defined. Responding to concerns raised by the Government Accountability Office and stakeholders, the proposed Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule does three key things:
 
  1. Clarifies the definition of AFFH to include actions that...
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Categories: Infrastructure

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Rule is Sound Policy

While the Fair Housing Act has largely succeeded in outlawing overt housing discrimination, it has been less effective in promoting equal opportunity, in large part because of a lack of clarity and technical support surrounding the mandate to “affirmatively further” fair housing goals.

The AFFH rule provides much-needed clarification of the Fair Housing Act and provides support to HUD grantees...

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Categories: Infrastructure
Tools | 2016

AFH Roles Matrix

In this table, you will find examples of the different types of stakeholders that could be included in the AFH and what expertise and assets they may bring. You will find information on the kinds of data they might have access to, resources and in-kind support they might leverage and policies or programs they could implement to increase access to opportunity and promote fair housing.

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Categories: Infrastructure
Webinars | 2016

Breaking Down Barriers to Opportunity: Transportation and the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

Transportation is a tried and proven investment that connects people to what they need to live a good, vibrant life and to be upwardly economically mobile. Transportation connects children to good schools, their parents to good jobs, and ensures access to clinics, libraries, parks and recreation, grocery stores and other essential amenities and services. 
 
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Categories: Infrastructure
Webinars | 2016

Breaking Down Barriers to Opportunity: Transportation and the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule PowerPoint Presentation

This is the powerpoint presentation which accompanies the webinar archive, Breaking Down Barriers to Opportunity: Transportation and the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing.
 
This webinar looks at the AFFH rule and how it can be used to promote equitable transportation, transit-oriented development, and opportunity-focused place making. Learn how to get involved in and influence your...
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Reports | TransitCenter | 2015

Subsidizing Congestion: The Multibillion-Dollar Tax Subsidy That's Making Your Commute Worse

 The federal government provides subsidies through the tax code for employer-provided and employer-paid automobile parking,
transit passes, and some other commuter expenses, but it does so in ways that run counter to the nation’s overall transportation goals. 
 
Those who receive the greatest tax savings from the transit benefit are not the low-income and working Americans who depend on...
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National Council on Disability | 2015

Transportation Update: Where We’ve Gone and What We’ve Learned

For Americans with Disabilities many transportation services remain stuck in neutral.  For many Americans with Disabilities the prospects and possibilities for going to and from work, school and recreational activities are stuck in neutral. NCD’s report addresses the broad range of surface transportation, including these, and makes recommendations policymakers should use to address these...

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Categories: Transportation

Testimony from The Transportation Equity Caucus Statement for House Ways and Means Hearing

Adequate federal transportation investments can lay a strong foundation for economic growth and expand opportunity for millions of people. Strategic federal investments in transportation can transform struggling communities, unleash untapped human potential, and promote local economic development to allow all people to thrive. When transportation funding decisions are driven by economic and...

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Webinar | 2015

Equity and Transportation

This webinar is a discussion of equity and transportation. How can we measure the equity impacts of transportation investments? And how can we ensure that walking and biking investments meaningfully address the mobility and safety needs of urban and rural disadvantaged communities while not directly or indirectly leading to the displacement of low-income residents?

Governments and...

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Categories: Transportation
Webinars | 2015

Active Transportation and Equity: Key Challenges and Opportunities from the Field

As the United States is wrestling with race and class in many arenas, these issues have come to the forefront in the world of walking, bicycling, and Safe Routes to School. Straight talk on equity is welcome when it comes to active transportation, health and safety -- but what does equity and active transportation mean in practice at the local and regional level? Join the National...
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Categories: Biking and Walking

Rail-Trail Supreme Court Decision

On March 10, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision in the case involving a rail corridor formerly on federal land that is now privately owned (Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust et al. v. United States). The ruling affects a specific type of rail corridor that does not meet the criteria below.
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Categories: Civil Rights
Case Studies | Poverty and Race Research Action Council (PRRAC) | 2014

Transit-based Opportunity—Lessons from Dayton

The linkages between neighborhoods and academic achievement, health, and life outcomes have been thoroughly documented in research literature in recent decades. A recent story from Dayton, Ohio underscores the importance of transportation equity, and sheds light on the power of public transit to link marginalized communities to opportunities throughout a region with differentially located assets.

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Categories: Labor & Employment
Webinars | 2014

Leverage Transportation Investments to Support Fair and Inclusive Access to Jobs

Transportation infrastructure is a critical link to ensuring opportunity for all—connecting us to jobs, housing, health care, and grocery stores. Even more, transportation planning and investment decisions—what we build, where it is placed, and who builds it—are central to creating equitable communities. Local leaders are maximizing economic and social equity benefits by leveraging...

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Reports | 2014

Business Impact Mitigations for Transit Projects

Across the country, new light rail and bus rapid transit (BRT) projects are creating faster and more affordable transportation options for low-income residents and people of color. In several cities, these projects are also expanding opportunities for small, local, minority-, women-, and immigrant-owned businesses to reach new customers and benefit from the streetscape and other new...

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Categories: Civil Rights
Webinars | 2014

Transportation Equity: A 21st Century Civil Rights Issue

The Transportation Equity Caucus hosted a webinar to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and to explore intersections between civil rights and transportation. During the webinar equity advocates in Ohio, South Carolina, and Wisconsin discussed steps taken by local communities to use civil rights statues to ensure federal transportation investments are fair and...

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Categories: Transportation
Publications | Ride New Orleans | 2014

Smart Transit for a Strong Economy: Why New Orleans Should Invest in a CBD Transit Hub

Today, we are excited to release our report, “Smart Transit for a Strong Economy:  Why New Orleans Should Invest in a CBD Transit Hub“.  The report highlights the current situation at the downtown transit hub, features solutions from other cities that have taken advantage of federal funding opportunities and public-private partnerships to invest in their downtown transit hubs and supports our...

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Multimedia | 2014

Building Bridges to Economic Opportunity (Audio and Transcript)

Affordable and accessible transportation connects people to jobs, schools, affordable housing, health care, grocery stores, and other basic necessities. The Obama administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation recently proposed major transportation legislation to address the urgent transit challenges facing urban, suburban, and rural communities. At the same time, local leaders are...

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Reports | Ride New Orleans | 2014

The State of Transit in New Orleans: The Need for a More Efficient, Equitable, and Sustainable System

Ride New Orleans’ analysis in this report highlights several critical findings.

  1. By the end of 2012, just 36% of the pre-Katrina transit service offered by the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA) in 2005 had been restored – although 86% of New Orleans’ population had returned to the city.
  2. Service reductions have been worst in areas where transit service is needed most: low-income...
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Comment Letters | 9to5 | 2014

Comments Submitted by 9to5 on U.S. DOT's Proposed State and Metropolitan Planning Guidance

On behalf of the members and constituents of 9to5, National Association of Working Women, the following comments are offered on proposed rulemaking on Statewide, Nonmetropolitan, and Metropolitan Transportation Planning to the U.S Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Authority (FTA).

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Categories: Transportation
Comment Letters | Natural Resources Defense Council | 2014

Natural Resources Defense Council Comments on State and Metropolitan Planning Guidance

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is pleased to submit comments on the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for Statewide and Nonmetropolitan Transportation Planning and Metropolitan Transportation Planning documents. This NPRM sets the stage for regions to establish a framework for efficient planning...

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Categories: Transportation
2014

All Aboard: Making Equity Central in Transportation Planning

Transportation is a critical link to ensuring opportunity for all connecting us to jobs, schools, housing, health care, and grocery stores. Even more, transportation planning and investment decisions; what we build, where it is placed, and who builds it – is central to creating equitable regions. Urban and rural communities that have sought to target transportation resources to places and...

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