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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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  • February 09, 2018 | CityLab

    Miami's Beleaguered Metrorail Gets a Real-Time Report Card

    Over the past week, more than 1,500 trains were scheduled to pass through downtown Miami’s Government Center Metrorail station. As of Thursday afternoon, just 383 arrived on time. The vast majority—927, to be exact—arrived late or bunched too closely to a previous train. And the remaining 208...

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  • February 06, 2018 | NJ.com

    Activists Call for More Electric Public Transportation

    Renewable energy advocates in Jersey City, NJ rallied in City Hall to call for the electrification of New Jersey's public transportation system. The event, organized by Jersey Renews along with the Amalgamated Transit Union, came the day after "transit equity day," an effort by the labor...

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  • February 05, 2018 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    In Honor of Rosa Parks: An Appeal for Transit Equity

    Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. helped Americans to understand that civil rights included not only the right to vote and to ride in any seat on a bus, but the right to a decent home, the right to a good job, the right to join a union and other rights necessary for equal access to a good life. He...

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  • February 02, 2018 | StreetsBlog Denver

    Denver Loses an Advocate as Transit Alliance Closes Its Doors

    Transit Alliance is shutting down after 19 years advocating for better transit in Denver and the metro region. The organization was founded after a failed transit referendum in 1997, with the express intent of getting the $4.7 billion FasTracks transit funding measure over the finish line....

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  • February 02, 2018 | Inside Sources

    A New Way to Remember Rosa Parks

    Transit equity isn’t just about where you sit on the bus. It’s about whether you can get on a bus at all. The layout of rapid-transit systems determines the accessibility of jobs. Poorer people need access to those jobs so they could begin to move into the mainstream of American life — which...

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  • January 31, 2018 | New York Times

    For Health Care Workers, the Worst Commutes in New York City

    By now, the many ways New York City’s failing subway system has upended countless lives has been well documented. But a new report finds that no group has been hurt more than the city’s army of health care workers who fan out across the city every day to take care of older people, the frail and...

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