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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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  • February 27, 2018 | StreetsBlog Denver

    The Overhaul of RTD's Fare Pass Programs Explained

    For the past year, a group of decision-makers in the transportation arena has been trying to increase access and ridership on the RTD transit system without digging any deeper into the underfunded agency's pockets. The vehicle? An overhaul of RTD's confusing and unfair fare pass programs....
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  • February 22, 2018 | StreetsBlog USA

    The Case for Decriminalizing Fare Evasion

    Nobody gets thrown in jail for not paying a highway toll or a parking meter. But for some reason people who break transit fare rules are subject to criminal penalties. In Washington, DC, jumping a turnstile is punishable by a fine of up to $300 and up to 10 days in jail. The Save Our System...
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  • February 22, 2018 | Momentum Mag

    More Bikes Mean New Bike Businesses

    While bike share is one of the most affordable transportation options in the city, the cost of a bike share membership can still be out of reach for many people. This means many low-income residents will continue to use public transit which has a low initial cost unlike a bike share membership...

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  • February 22, 2018 | Huntington News

    City Planner Urges Transit Equity through Community Engagement

    Northeastern University Archives led a discussion on transportation equity in Boston Feb. 13 and screened a documentary about the formation of the Silver Line, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s transit line that connects both Roxbury and the South End to downtown, the Seaport...

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  • February 15, 2018 | AP News

    Kept Out: How Banks Block People of Color from Homeownership

    Fifty years after the federal Fair Housing Act banned racial discrimination in lending, African Americans and Latinos continue to be routinely denied conventional mortgage loans at rates far higher than their white counterparts.This modern-day redlining persisted in 61 metro areas even when...

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  • February 14, 2018 | Huffington Post

    Can There Be Equity in the Bike Lane?

    Some cities are trying to make bike sharing more accessible — and to combat its elite image. They’re calling it bike equity. Bike sharing may be the ultimate symbol of gentrification, the province of avocado-toast loving, espresso-swilling — and mostly white — millennials. But some cities are...

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