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  • March 19, 2015 | The role of place and mobility on policing and people of color

    Transportation Equity in the Face of Police Profiling

    The fact is, policing matters when it comes to whether or not residents in a neighborhood can freely and safely use their mobility choice to access their homes, schools, supermarkets, green spaces, and jobs. All over the country, there are significant disparities in enforcement that inhibit...

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  • March 19, 2015 | Groundbreaking move for transportation equity

    DOT Approves Nationwide Pilots for Local and Targeted Hiring Policies

    The US Department of Transportation initiated a first-of-its-kind experimental program that will allow city and state departments of transportation to set economic and geographic preferences when hiring for local contracts to build roads, bridges, and transit facilities. This is a groundbreaking...

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  • March 16, 2015 | All over America, transportation systems are failing the communities that need them most

    For Millions of Low-Income Workers Left Behind by Public Transit Systems, Every Day’s a Snow Day

    Short-term failure of usually-reliable transit makes national headlines, but the ongoing neglect and disinvestment that characterize routes serving low-income communities goes unmentioned. Neighborhoods that are cut off from quality public transportation are disproportionately low-income...

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  • March 12, 2015 | Make transportation investments that increase economic opportunity and quality of life

    USDOT report predicts dark future for transportation

    A new report from the Department of Transportation cautions against the dangers of failing to invest in transportation infrastructure. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx discusses the report and how transportation improves connections to economic opportunity.

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  • March 12, 2015 | Transportation has long history of inequality

    Transportation has a long history in struggle for social justice

    Even today, the geographical divisions that concentrate poverty and segregation in American cities can be traced to decades-old transportation policy. Melissa Harris-Perry and her panelists continue their discussion on transportation inequality (Part 2).

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  • March 12, 2015 | Policy decisions and transportation inequality

    Public transportation barriers help maintain inequality

    As commuters in major U.S. cities put up with significant transit delays and obstacles, Melissa Harris-Perry and her guests examine the systemic inadequacies of a transportation infrastructure that has failed many of the people who need it most.

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  • March 10, 2015 | Address our crumbling infrastructure in a fair and responsible manner

    Needed: A Fair Way to Fund Infrastructure

    We need to build this nation and address our crumbling infrastructure - but let's do it in a fair and responsible manner. If Congress decides to go with a gas tax, there has to be a give-back for low income people, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) that New Jersey advocates are calling...

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  • March 03, 2015 | Grants awarded to support projects that advance equitable transportation policies

    Local and Regional Organizations Receive Transportation Equity Grants

    As co-chairs of the Transportation Equity Caucus, The Leadership Conference Education Fund and PolicyLink awarded nearly $150,000 in equity grants to six local organizations working to advance affordable, accessible transportation in their communities.

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  • March 03, 2015 | Seattle metro area transit is pricing tickets based on passengers’ income

    Targeting Inequality, This Time on Public Transit

    The program hinges on smart-card technology, an aggressive outreach effort by King County officials to people like Ms. Jama, and a liberal political establishment that believes the region’s economy is unbalanced and vulnerable in its growing divisions of poverty and wealth.

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  • March 02, 2015 | America’s Unfair Rules of the Road

    How our transportation system discriminates against the most vulnerable.

    Race and transportation have long been intertwined. Nationally, the United States remains a country where many forms of transportation are effectively still segregated—whites and minorities ride different kinds of transportation, resulting in an unequal ability to reach jobs, education, and a...

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  • February 27, 2015 | North Carolina is recruiting girls for careers in engineering and to make roads safer

    Why Transportation Agencies Need More Women Engineers

    Like many transportation agencies -- and public agencies in general -- the North Carolina DOT faces a future where job openings could far outnumber qualified applicants. Boosting interest among women, who are vastly underrepresented in the transportation field, is one way to address that issue....

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  • February 27, 2015 | Residents discuss how poverty affects access to major services and benefits

    Toronto residents meet with council to inform city's anti-poverty strategy

    Residents gathered to discuss how poverty affects their daily lives in six major categories: affordable housing; food security; transportation; employment and income; access to city services; and childcare.Hearing from people who have experienced poverty is a crucial part of the city's poverty...

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  • February 26, 2015 | RTD's prices already are slighting low- to middle-income families that rely on the system

    Denver mass transit costs tough even before rate increases

    RTD is proposing a fare structure that only harms low-income groups while benefiting so-called choice riders, said Zoe Williams, transit organizer for 9to5, which has pressured RTD to change to a fare system based on income levels.

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  • February 23, 2015 | Atlanta's Snow Fiasco: The real problem in the South isn't weather, it's histrory

    What Does Racism Have to Do With Gridlock?

    Exhibit A: here is the failure in 2012 of a massive $7.2 billion transportation initiative, which would have funneled $600 million into the Atlanta Beltline, a proposal to link neighborhoods in the city by light rail. To which the voters of the metropolitan Atlanta area said: Hell, no.

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  • February 20, 2015 | Transit riders, faith and community groups call for expanded public transportation funding

    Riders and community groups call for expanded public transportation funding

     

    People from rural, urban and suburban communities braved subzero temperatures to journey to the Capitol on public transportation to send a strong message that every Minnesotan ought to have access to safe and convenient public transportation to jobs and schools. 

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  • February 20, 2015 | GoFundMe Can't Help the Fact That Mass Transit is MIA

    GoFundMe Can't Help the Fact That Mass Transit is MIA

    Tragically in a city of nearly 10 million people, of which an estimated 17% live well below the poverty level, a grueling commute is much more likely to be the norm. The question then is why, and how we fix it.

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  • February 13, 2015 | The harder task is addressing the underlying issues that led James Robertson to walk 21 miles to and from work every day

    It's Easy to See Why This Man's Grueling Commute Went Viral

    Voters in dozens of suburban communities in the Detroit area have voted to “opt out” of the region's public transportation system. In so doing they have shut down job opportunities for thousands of area residents who are eager for employment, and denied employers access to untapped sources of...

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  • February 11, 2015 | King County Metro Transit is offering blue ORCA LIFT

    New discount fares program for low-income bus riders will be offered

    King County Metro Transit is now offering blue ORCA LIFT cards that will allow low-income riders to pay a flat $1.50 fare. Between 45,000 and 100,000 people are expected to sign up, saving many of them hundreds of dollars per year. This program, ORCA LIFT, is aimed at the working poor — folks...

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  • February 06, 2015 | He rides buses part-way but walks about 21 miles in round trips to a factory

    Heart and sole: Detroiter walks 21 miles in work commute

     Robertson's daunting walks and bus rides, in all kinds of weather, also reflect the challenges some metro Detroiters face in getting to work in a region of limited bus service, and where car ownership is priced beyond the reach of many.

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  • February 01, 2015 | Transportation is a Just Growth "Sweetspot"

    Making the Most of Transit: Mobility, Growth, and Justice

    Transportation policy represents a real opportunity: It is what we label a just growth “sweet spot.” It's an arena of work that, if done thoughtfully and strategically, could make our region more efficient, equitable, and environmentally sustainable all at the same time.

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  • January 30, 2015 | Little has changed to increase bus accessibility for visually impaired riders

    Little has changed to increase bus accessibility for visually impaired riders

    Many have expressed the opinion that visually impaired riders should simply ask the bus driver to let them off at their desired stop. But the uncertainty and risk of the “ask the driver” approach means that  many visually impaired people do not consider public transit a viable transportation...

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  • January 27, 2015 | Advocates work to expand transit

    Funding needed for robust transit

    Robust transit is possible in Alabama, but cooperation, leadership and political will lacking, advocate says. That's all against the rigid backdrop of a state constitution that doesn't permit transportation money to go to anything but road and bridge projects.

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  • January 22, 2015 | Growing diversity of advocates increase equity around biking

    Working on a New Conversation About Bike Equity

     From 2001-2009, growth in the number African-Americans, Asians and Hispanics who cycle significantly outpaced that among whites. Though there are many factors contributing, it is without a doubt in part thanks to the growing diversity of advocates and increased action around equity in bicycling.

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