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  • June 18, 2018 | Smart Cities Dive

    How AVs Could Be a Boon to Transit Equity and Efficiency

    At the Meeting of the Minds Mobility Summit last week, speakers emphasized the need for equitable access to transportation and how microtransit can be a good avenue for autonomous vehicle usage. The growth of autonomous vehicle (AV) usage around the country can benefit cities and their public...

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  • June 14, 2018 | WCPO

    Metro Bus Advocates Installing Pop-Up Benches at Bus Stops

    Little benches are popping up around the city, carrying what organizers hope will be a loud message. Handwritten in permanent marker across each of the handmade, unpainted benches' seats, the message reads, "This bench supports bus riders more than the city does." Cam Hardy heads the Better Bus...

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  • June 11, 2018 | Chicago Reporter

    Instead of Extending the Red Line, Some See Promise in the Metra Electric

    Uncertainty around federal funding to extend the Chicago Transit Authority’s Red Line to the city’s southern limits has sparked discussions on whether to build the $2.3 billion extension at all or find alternatives to improve transit for Far South Side residents. South Side resident Michael...

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  • June 08, 2018 | CityLab

    New York City Will Cut Transit Fares for Low-Income Riders

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council speaker Corey Johnson have reached a deal, as of yet unannounced, to provide reduced-fare transit cards to low-income residents, the New York Times reported Thursday. Under the terms of the agreement, those living below the federal poverty...

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  • June 06, 2018 | StreetsBlog Chicago

    Transportation Planning Needs to Become Less "Stale, Pale, and Male"

    During his keynote speech at the Transport Chicago conference, Equiticity founder and president Oboi Reed called for increased ownership of the transportation planning process in areas populated by “black, brown, and indigenous people of color.” He argued that one reason why...

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  • June 02, 2018 | Washington Post

    Are Dockless Bikeshare Systems Changing Washington's Biking Culture?

    The new dockless bike-share companies that have taken off in the District are attracting a different kind of customer than the traditional Capital Bikeshare system: Their riders are more racially diverse, slightly younger and less affluent, according to transportation officials and an academic...

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  • May 30, 2018 | StreetsBlog USA

    What Happened When a Detroit Politician Rode the Bus to Work

    Detroit transit is famous for all the wrong reasons. To get to the sprawled-out suburbs where the jobs are, people without access to a car have to make multiple transfers on routes operated by different agencies, often with long, long walks in between. Despite recent campaigns to create a...

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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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