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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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  • January 21, 2015 | Any Gas Tax Increase Should Include Tax Credit for Low-Income New Jerseyans

    Any Gas Tax Increase Should Include Tax Credit for Low-Income New Jerseyans

    New Jersey policymakers close in on a deal to boost New Jersey’s transportation funding. Equally essential, is offsetting disproportionate impact of a gas tax increase on poor households by strengthening a key tax credit for working families- the Earned Income Tax Credit.

     

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  • January 20, 2015 | San Francisco Transit Authority Votes To Give Free Muni Rides To Disabled, Low-Income Seniors

    Bay Area Transit Votes To Give Free Muni Rides To Disabled, Low-Income Seniors

    The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s board of directors voted unanimously Tuesday to waive the Muni fee for riders with disabilities and for low- to moderate-income seniors, many who live with fixed incomes and struggle to afford public transportation as the cost of living in the...

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  • January 20, 2015 | What U.S. DOT Can Learn From Leaders of Color in the South

    What U.S. DOT Can Learn From Leaders of Color in the South

    The South, which falls behind the rest of the country in public transit access, stands to benefit the most from increased transportation investments. The Department of Transportation (DOT) should pay close attention to local strategies deployed in the South, particularly in communities of color,...

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  • January 13, 2015 | Urban-rural partnerships advance transportation goals in Minnesota

    Urban-rural partnerships may advance transportation goals in Minnesota

    Kenya McKnight is leading efforts to ensure that Black community interests are front and center in the current campaign to help secure full investment in transportation and transit. McKnight serves on Metropolitan Council Transportation Advisory Board. In a Town Hall meeting on transportation...

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  • January 13, 2015 | Uber starts releasing transit data to cities

    Uber starts releasing transit data to cities

    Following a conflict with New York City over its ride data, Uber has begun giving some of its transit information to Boston in a pilot program. It’s using ZIP codes as the basis for the place-based information, and it’s anonymizing some of the details to protect riders and passengers. Local...

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  • January 08, 2015 | Obama administration takes sides in disability suit against Uber

    Obama administration takes sides in disability suit against Uber

    The Obama administration weighed in last month on the side of advocates for the blind in a federal court suit accusing ride-on-demand company Uber of discriminating against passengers with guide dogs.  The Justice Department did not endorse the specific allegations but said companies like Uber...

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  • January 08, 2015 | 4 Ways to Include Social Equity In City Planning

    4 Ways to Include Social Equity In City Planning

    City transportation planners need to place more emphasis on less tangible goals like helping people who live in disadvantaged neighborhoods access essential services, the authors of a new study argue.A few cities—notably Boston, San Francisco, San Diego, and Chicago—have managed to build in...

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  • January 07, 2015 | Why the Poor Are Struggling in America's Suburbs

    Why the Poor Are Struggling in America's Suburbs

    The 'burbs are home to an increasing number of poor families. But it may prove more difficult to make it there than in cities. If low-income residents have access to good job opportunities, affordable housing, low crime rates, and good schools, then the suburbs can provide a path out of poverty.

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  • January 06, 2015 | Bad public transit keeps people from jobs

    Bad public transit keeps people from jobs

    People with the most access to jobs via public transit do pretty well for themselves, as do people in far-flung areas who largely commute by car. But the people with the least transportation access— those at the intersection of low levels of both car-commuting and public transit access—appear to...

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  • January 05, 2015 | How Driver's License Suspensions Unfairly Target The Poor

    How Driver's License Suspensions Unfairly Target The Poor

    The most common way that people lose their driver's license in Wisconsin is not for drunk driving or other unsafe driving. It's for failure to pay the fine on a ticket for a non-moving traffic offense. Those make up 56 percent of all license suspensions in the state, according to statistics from...

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  • January 04, 2015 | Philly bike share program aims for low-cost access

    Philly bike share program aims for low-cost access

    Philadelphia is gearing up to roll out a bike share program that doesn't require a credit card deposit or charge members for short trips up to an hour. Organizers hope to attract not just tourists and hipsters but also the "unbanked" and other low-income residents who may not have ridden a bike...

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  • December 26, 2014 | A Green Line Through Queens

    A Green Line Through Queens

    The question is not whether a new park in Queens is a good idea. It’s a spectacular one. The question is whether it is a better idea than a less-flashy alternative — reviving the rail line so people in Queens, particularly in the Rockaways, can get to work without creeping along congested...

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