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  • September 20, 2018 | Next City

    Denver Approves Low-Income Discount for Transit Riders

    Fast-growing Denver is grappling with the equity challenges of rapid growth in a number of ways, from expanding its parks system to providing rental assistance for moderate-income families to move into the city’s glut of luxury condos. The city’s transit-oriented development fund has become a...

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  • September 19, 2018 | Next City

    Houston Chooses Buses Instead of Light Rail, for Now

    Houstonians have been arguing loudly for several years over plans to expand the city’s light rail system. Now the local transit agency, Houston Metro, has decided to cast its lot mainly with faster buses as the way forward for long-range transit improvements, according to a Houston Chronicle...

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  • September 19, 2018 | Smart Cities Dive

    Minneapolis' Nice Ride Launches Dockless Bike-Share Program

    Although a new, dockless bike-share program is being rolled out throughout the city of Minneapolis, underserved areas are being targeted for the first hubs. Equity is one of the main drivers for Minneapolis' transition to dockless. The goal is to make sure transportation deserts and low-income...

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  • September 18, 2018 | Curbed

    9 Cities with Smart Ideas to Improve Transportation

    Transportation systems don’t just move people around—they can also be catalysts for moving cities forward. But too often, between state-level inertia (see: New York’s inability to cope with New York City’s subway crisis) and the lack of serious federal investment in infrastructure and public...

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  • September 14, 2018 | Curbed Boston

    Chelsea Transportation Issues to Top Agenda for MBTA Oversight Board

    The glacial pace and the frequent overcrowding (and cancellations) of the No. 111 bus from Revere to Haymarket will top the agenda of the MBTA’s oversight committee. The debate over the 111 highlights what is sometimes called transportation equity as Chelsea residents endure a lot more than MBTA...

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  • September 11, 2018 | Colorado Public Radio

    RTD Panel Approves More 'Equitable' Train, Bus Fare Overhaul

    A Regional Transportation District board committee recently approved major changes for its train and bus passes, aimed at making them more equitable. The proposal has been in the works for more than a year and a half, and has had input from a working group made up of a wide variety of advocacy...

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  • September 06, 2018 | KSRO

    Lyft Enters The Scooter Race By Launching In Denver

    Ride share company Lyft is entering the scooter arms race, marked by launching its scooter rental program in Denver. Lyft co-founders John Zimmer and Logan Green detailed their ambitions in a public post in July, stressing transportation equity and sustainability, intending for Lyft bikes and...

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  • August 23, 2018 | Smart & Resilient Cities

    Lime Moves toward Transportation Equity

    Lime has announced "a pivotal step" towards ensuring transportation equity in the communities it serves. In a recent blog post detailing the news, the company, a shared mobility solution provider, said that it is expanding its Lime Access program to include 50 percent off of Lime’s entire fleet...

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  • August 22, 2018 | Second Wave Media

    Carefully-Planned Mobility Makes Transportation Accessible for All

    Electric scooters and bike shares are increasingly offering up alternatives for short trips in Detroit's urban center. For workers, shoppers, or visitors, MoGo and Bird create affordable last-mile solutions to supplement public transportation and private vehicle use. Mobility innovations have...

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  • August 01, 2018 | StreetsBlog USA

    The Atlanta Suburbs May Finally Be on Board for Transit

    Gwinnett County lawmakers approve a tax-hike referendum for the March ballot. The times – and maybe even the suburbs! – are a-changin: Lawmakers in Georgia’s historically anti-transit Gwinnett County approved a ballot initiative for a one-cent sales tax hike to bring heavy rail and bus rapid...

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  • July 31, 2018 | GOVERNING Magazine

    Transit Equity Starts at Home, Not in Washington

    A federal law has done little to advance transportation fairness for low-income communities. Progress is up to local leaders. Questions of fairness have always been central to public transit. Decisions about whether to raise fares or cut service or about the geography of transit expansion have...

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  • July 29, 2018 | CommonWealth Magazine

    Transportation Equity: Is It A Good Thing?

    Those who fear displacement don’t see it that way. What do we think about when we think about transportation equity? There is regional equity, modal funding equity, ridership equity, and then there is social equity. Fundamentally, social equity relates not simply to treating all people fairly,...

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  • July 25, 2018 | Curbed San Francisco

    Muni Plans Better Service for Low-Income Riders, People with Disabilities

    San Francisco MTA (SFMTA) reforms also single out neighborhoods with significant minority populations. As reported in the San Francisco Examiner, City Hall is making plans to improve Muni service specifically aimed at low-income neighborhoods, people with disabilities, and communities of color....

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  • July 24, 2018 | WGBH

    Bike-Share Equity in Boston, A Work in Progress

    Dorchester is home to nearly a fifth of Boston’s population, but only has about a dozen bike-share docks – that’s if you count the southernmost one at the Franklin Park Zoo. The current inventory leaves out neighborhoods farther south including Ashmont Hill, Neponset, Codman Square and Lower...

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  • July 20, 2018 | Crosscut

    SDOT Pushes Equity as Thousands More Dockless Bikes Roll In

    City of Seattle officials hope new bike share regulations widen access in low-income areas and ease parking woes. As they prepare to potentially allow double the number of dockless bike share bikes on Seattle streets, city transportation officials hope to address two big issues: equity and parking.

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  • July 19, 2018 | Curbed

    Bird Scooters to Offer Discounted Rides to Low-Income Riders

    The One Bird program comes as other micromobility startups are proposing programs for more environmental and social equity. Bird, the rapidly expanding scooter startup, just announced a new program to subsidize rides for underserved communities and promote transit equity.

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  • July 17, 2018 | Curbed

    Lyft Sees a Future with More Bikes and Scooters, and Fewer Cars

    Lyft made a big move to not only live up to its founders’ lofty ideals, but to stake a claim as a more multimodal, sustainable transportation company that supports transit equity and safer streets. Lyft’s cofounders outlined Lyft’s new approach to integrating bikes and scooters into its suite of...

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  • July 12, 2018 | Curbed Seattle

    Seattle Plans Long-Term Rules for Private Bike Shares

    After evaluating a pilot program, the city is adjusting its expectations for bike-share operators. Seattle will soon have new rules that will govern how bike-share companies operate in the city long-term—and could pave the way for additional bike-share companies coming to Seattle. For instance,...

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  • June 29, 2018 | CityLab

    Lyft Is Reaching L.A. Neighborhoods Where Taxis Wouldn't

    With a rare look at trip data from the ride-hailing giant, a UCLA researcher finds promising equity results. For decades, racial discrimination by cab drivers has left black riders, in particular, waiting longer for pick-ups, having their destinations refused, and flat-out ignored, studies show....

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  • June 19, 2018 | Brookings

    The Route School Buses Can Take Toward Racial Equity

    Kids go to school to get an education and increase their future job opportunities. But how they get to school is a crucial, underappreciated detail that can make a world of difference to the communities where schools are located. Earlier this month, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced...

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