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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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  • December 12, 2014 | MBTA to test expanded student discounts

    MBTA to test expanded student discounts

    The MBTA will begin testing a new discounted fare pass program for teens and college students this summer, a victory for youth transit advocates who have long sought cheaper fares and have staged several protests to make their case.

     

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  • December 12, 2014 | High School Students Request Discounted Bus Passes

    High School Students Request Discounted Bus Passes

    It's important to offer every student an equal opportunity to pursue their education and career," says Hoover High attendee Thong Hoang. "But most low income students don't have access to transportation, and the bus or trolley is their only option."

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  • December 11, 2014 | Equity Data Helped NYC Advocates Expand Transit Access Through Bus Rapid Transit

    Equity Data Helped NYC Advocates Expand Transit Access Through Bus Rapid Transit

    Better policies and more equitable outcomes result when data informs policymaking. In New York City, advocates used data to highlight urgent transit needs and built out the transit system to meet these needs. Maps and charts compiled into a Transportation Equity Atlas provided power visuals of...

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  • December 08, 2014 | Access for the unbanked—equity with electronic tolling and contactless transit payment

    Access for the unbanked—equity with electronic tolling and contactless transit payment

    State DOTs are increasingly moving to all electronic tolling (AET) for roads and bridges. Transit agencies nationwide are also updating fare collection systems, and the trend is towards contactless, cashless fare payment. For both highways and transit these electronic payments often involve...

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  • December 08, 2014 | How to Make Shared-Vehicle Services Accessible to People of All Incomes

    How to Make Shared-Vehicle Services Accessible to People of All Incomes

    Shared transportation options can provide solutions when transit alone is deficient. But by and large, poor people are not taking advantage of those solutions. Here’s how some services have bucked the larger trend and provided transportation for people on a wider range of the income ladder.

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  • December 03, 2014 | Transit workers and riders, unite!

    Transit workers and riders, unite!

    Alliances between transportation unions and riders’ groups are central to a transit justice framework. And they are becoming increasingly important to the future of our cities. If we want to protect living-wage jobs and reliable transportation service, we should reject efforts to put riders and...

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  • November 26, 2014 | Transportation Equity Caucus Lifts Up Advancements in Equitable Transportation

    State and Local Ballot Initiatives Advance Equitable Transportation

    Transportation Equity Caucus held a tele-briefing to learn how state and local transportation ballot initiatives can be used to ensure access to mobility and advance equity in communities across the nation. As we reflect on the recent midterm elections, these initiatives will be more important...

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  • November 23, 2014 | Falling Apart: America’s Neglected Infrastructure

    Falling Apart: America’s Neglected Infrastructure

    Our roads and bridges are crumbling, our airports are out of date and the vast majority of our seaports are in danger of becoming obsolete. All the result of decades of neglect. None of this is really in dispute.  There is still no consensus on how to solve the problem or where to get the...

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  • November 21, 2014 | Puget Sound Transit to offer low-income fare on Link light rail services

    Puget Sound Transit to offer low-income fare on Link light rail services

    The Sound Transit Board Thursday approved a new reduced fare for low income riders on Sound Transit's Link light rail services in Seattle. The new low-income fare category aligns with a new low-income fare on King County Metro bus routes.

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  • November 17, 2014 | Using Equitable Transportation Investments to Support Healthy and Prosperous Communities

    Using Equitable Transportation Investments to Support Healthy and Prosperous Communities

    In Fall 2014, the Transportation Equity Caucus hosted a national tele-conference to explore new local and regional efforts to incorporate health equity in the transportation planning process.  Here’s what we learned from our conversation with health equity advocates leading this work.

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  • November 17, 2014 | Do bike lanes gentrify neighborhoods?

    Do bike lanes gentrify neighborhoods?

    Though cycling advocates are quick to point to the benefits of alternative transit for low-income populations, cities are slow to engage communities about biking (and for that matter, often don’t work to break down some of the cultural and economic barriers that stand in the way).What should...

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  • November 16, 2014 | From Anacostia to Tysons: Many ride Silver Line long and far to jobs in Virginia

    From Anacostia to Tysons: Many ride Silver Line long and far to jobs in Virginia

     A surprisingly large number of long-distance commuters are using the Silver Line to get to Tysons, as well as to the Silver Line station at Wiehle Avenue in Reston, according to an analysis of Metro ridership data by Ben Ross, president of Action Committee for Transit.

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  • November 16, 2014 | Denver’s Affordable Housing Plan Prioritizes Access to Transportation and Jobs

    Denver’s Affordable Housing Plan Prioritizes Access to Transportation and Jobs

    The plan emphasizes proximity to transit and green building standards that promote energy efficiency and water conservation, which provides people of all ages and incomes with improved access to transportation and housing choices. Reducing transportation costs mitigates impacts of automobile...

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  • November 14, 2014 | New York City Launches New Vision Zero Map Tracking Traffic Deaths

    New York City Launches New Vision Zero Map Tracking Traffic Deaths

    Mayor de Blasio's administration has pledged to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries involving cars, bikes and pedestrians throughout the city via Vision Zero, a plan that seeks to eliminate all traffic deaths by 2024. Today, the city unveiled its latest Vision Zero initiative: the Vision Zero...

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  • November 12, 2014 | VCU awarde grant for Building Sustainable Transportation to Access to Fresh Produce

    VCU awarded grant for Building Sustainable Transportation to Access to Fresh Produce

    The team received $25,000 for its project “Green Ride RVA.” The project builds upon the Tricycle Gardens’ Healthy Corner Store Initiative, started by VCU’s winning team in last year’s Ford C3 Challenge. “Green Ride RVA” will expand a sustainable transportation solution to increase community...

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  • November 12, 2014 | Climate change, climate justice

    Climate change, climate justice

    Measures to reduce emissions, such as carbon taxes, must include methods for low-income people to receive tax deductions so that they are not disproportionately affected by it. Clean public transport must be built for all peoples — not just people living near Boston’s Red Line but also people...

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  • October 31, 2014 | Using Bus Rapid Transit to Chart a New Course for Equity and Opportunity

    Using Bus Rapid Transit to Chart a New Course for Equity and Opportunity

    The prospect of a more robust and equitable transportation network may be on the horizon in Richmond, Virginia, where local leaders are making plans to invest in the first bus rapid transit service for the region. By leading with equity, Richmond’s bus rapid transit (BRT) can go a long way...

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