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  • May 14, 2018 | StreetsBlog San Francisco

    Decision Time: Sustainable and Equitable Transportation or a Bankrupt BART?

    On May 24th the BART board will likely vote on whether to build a five-mile, $1.6 billion rail extension or a much more cost-effective bus alternative. AB 758 requires that BART take action on an alternative before the end of June, or they will lose control of the project’s future. BART should...

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  • May 12, 2018 | Star Tribune

    Met Council's Equity Push Hard to See on the Ground

    Commuters who miss the bus during rush hour on Rice Street in St. Paul used to wait half an hour for the next one. Now the Route 62 rolls up every 15 minutes. Every two years, dozens of transportation projects compete for a slice of the region’s federal money. Route 62 had something special...

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  • May 08, 2018 | NextCity

    Seattle Raises the Equity Bar on Transit-Oriented Development

    Over the next two decades, Sound Transit — the transit agency serving the greater Seattle area — will buy a lot of land as it builds out its second and third phases of light rail expansion. Much of that land will be used as staging areas for new station construction. As that construction wraps...

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  • May 06, 2018 | HeraldNet

    Sound Transit 'Equity' Not Serving Greatest Needs

    We have heard repeatedly from our constituents who live in the Sound Transit district that they care about three things: having more mass transit options that get them out of their cars; minimizing taxes; and completing the light rail spine (including Everett) as quickly as possible. The passage...

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  • April 20, 2018 | The Hoya

    Uber Set to Expand in District

    Uber is seeking to expand beyond the ride-sharing industry in Washington, D.C., to provide a larger transportation network for District residents. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a panel discussion on the future of mobility with D.C. Mayor Muriel Bower on April 11. Both emphasized the need to...
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  • April 20, 2018 | Tennessean

    In Nashville Mayor's Race, David Briley Is All Alone WIth Transit Push

    Nashville Mayor David Briley, one month into his job, has invited a reporter to tag along for the nearly two-mile hike from his home to his office inside the Metro courthouse. His morning stroll isn't a daily routine, but rather an occasional exercise, and there's another purpose. Briley is...
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  • April 20, 2018 | Crosscut

    Come to Seattle - Just Don't Bring Your Car With You

    Recent weeks have been genuinely dizzying in terms of transportation policymaking about the future of how we get around Seattle. Mayor Jenny Durkan halted ongoing construction of the Center City Connector which would stitch two separate streetcar lines together with dedicated lanes. Her...

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  • April 14, 2018 | Why New York City Stopped Building Subways

    Why New York City Stopped Building Subways

    In the first decades of the 20th century, New York City experienced an unprecedented infrastructure boom. Iconic bridges, opulent railway terminals, and much of what was then the world's largest underground and rapid transit network were constructed in just 20 years. Then it stopped. Since...
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  • April 13, 2018 | NRDC

    L.A. Is Flipping the Script on Commuting

    If done right, shared modes of transportation can help underserved Angelenos and the environment. Los Angeles is primed to reinvent transportation—and this time there’s an opportunity to make things better for the local community and environment.

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  • April 12, 2018 | CityLab

    A Single Way Forward on Two of New York's Biggest Problems

    Consider “transit growth zones” to address both decaying infrastructure and affordable housing. As anyone who has visited New York in recent years can discern, the city is in the midst of an acute transit crisis, which has been greatly exacerbated by the feckless leadership of the notoriously...

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  • April 10, 2018 | U.S. News and World Report

    Fighting for Breath in Near-Highway Neighborhoods

    Somerville, MA is working to reduce pollution exposure in communities where its threats loom large. In the neighborhoods straddling Interstate 93 in Somerville, residents know to keep their windows shut each weekday as commuters travel from Boston's suburbs into the city, their cars spouting...

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  • April 08, 2018 | Pamplin Media Group

    Weak Transit Hurting Working Class, Metro Leaders Say

    Decision makers say we must link housing, transportation to better accommodate growing population, reduce costs. More than half a million new residents are expected to move into the Portland area by the year 2040. This growth has already sent shockwaves through the region with rising housing...

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  • April 02, 2018 | NextCity

    Atlanta Gets an Ambitious New Transit Plan

    A bill that could expand transit and unify the county-by-county patchwork that makes up Atlanta’s transportation grid has passed the General Assembly. HB 930, the so-called “transit expansion bill,” now awaits a signature from Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, who has endorsed the measure.

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  • March 22, 2018 | Wired

    Cities Need to Take the Wheel

    Instead of blindly welcoming self-driving cars to their streets, city leaders have a chance to prevent tragedies like the Uber fatality from happening again. Never waste a good crisis. The awful news is that one of Uber’s self-driving cars hit and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona. If...

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  • March 21, 2018 | The Drive

    Elaine Herzberg's Death Isn't Uber's Tragedy. It's Ours.

    No one knows when self-driving cars will work. Until then, people are the solution. There are two kinds of tragedies: those from which nothing is learned, and those that lead to change. Now that a pedestrian has been killed by a self-driving car, let’s dispense with the fiction that safety is a...

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  • March 21, 2018 | University of Michigan News

    How Transportation Could Help Alleviate Poverty in Benton Harbor

    Today, 50 percent of city residents [of Benton Harbor] live below the poverty level, 24 percent are unemployed and access to a personal vehicle is no sure thing. Many rely on public transportation—the area's low-cost Dial-a-Ride service—since the majority of jobs are located outside Benton...

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  • March 20, 2018 | San Francisco Examiner

    N-Judah Commuters to See Service Increase

    San Francisco’s transit authority voted this week to make major changes to the N-Judah line, reducing the wait time between each rail car by three minutes in an effort to ease commuter crowding. Riders will see the frequency of the N-Judah increase from every seven minutes to every four minutes...

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  • March 07, 2018 | Westword

    RTD Is Not Increasing Fares for Low-Income Passes. At Least Not Yet.

    After the Denver Post and other outlets reported last week that the Regional Transportation District is going to raise local, regional, and airport fares to make up for new discount programs that support low-income and youth riders, RTD has been on the offensive to clear up what it says is a...
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  • March 02, 2018 | StreetsBlog LA

    Metro Approves Equity Platform

    Yesterday, the Metro board approved committing the agency to advancing equity. The Metro Equity Platform Framework was approved by the board's Executive Management Committee in February, then approved by the full board yesterday. Though the term "equity" is likely understood by many Streetsblog...
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  • March 02, 2018 | CityLab

    Patients Can Now Ride-Hail to the Hospital

    Uber's newest project allows doctors to call rides for their patients. For riders who don't use mobile phones, there's an analog version: Healthcare administrators can provide paper print-outs with passenger pick-up locations, driver license plate numbers, and car models. The rides can be...
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