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  • October 31, 2014 | RTA expects to make changes to paratransit service next year, including possible fare increase

    RTA expects to make changes to paratransit service next year, including possible fare increase

     

    The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority plans to make changes next year to its special transportation services for disabled riders that could include a fare increase and additional restrictions on eligibility. He said he hopes to present proposals to the RTA board and to hold public...

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  • October 30, 2014 | Beloit City Keeps Bus Rides Affordable

    Beloit City Keeps Bus Rides Affordable

    The transit system in Beloit won’t increase fares next year as originally planned. Bus fare will remain the same in order to keep services as affordable as possible because those that are using public transit are the ones that can least afford the increase.

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  • October 30, 2014 | Confirmed: Sprawl and Bad Transit Increase Unemployment

    Confirmed: Sprawl and Bad Transit Increase Unemployment

    Since the 1960s and the earliest days of job sprawl, the theory of “spatial mismatch” — that low-income communities experience higher unemployment because they are isolated from employment centers – has shaped the way people think about urban form and social equity.

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  • October 29, 2014 | Why don’t the poor use bike share systems?

    Why don’t the poor use bike share systems?

    Bicycle sharing systems have been spreading like wildfire over the past few years, with new initiatives in New York and Chicago bringing the idea to America's biggest cities. But even the oldest such systems aren't very old, so we're still learning a lot about how they work. One striking finding...

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  • October 29, 2014 | Milwaukee expands bus service and access to seniors and people with disabilities

    Milwaukee expands bus service and access to seniors and people with disabilities

    Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic is applauding committee passage of a proposal that will allow seniors and persons with disabilities to ride Milwaukee County Transit System buses for free starting April 1st. The budget amendment also extends transit service to growing job...

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  • October 26, 2014 | Pols, Advocates Call on MTA to Bring Bus Rapid Transit to Borough

    Local Leaders and Advocates Call on MTA to Bring Bus Rapid Transit to Queens

    With the push for a permanent Rockaway ferry still dominating the south Queens transportation conversation, elected officials and transit advocacy groups this week rallied on the steps of City Hall, calling on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to bring high-quality bus rapid transit to a...

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  • October 24, 2014 | D.C. Bikeshare workers looking to unionize— and build a nationwide Bikeshare powerhouse

    D.C. Bikeshare workers looking to unionize

    But it also represents a rare kind of growth opportunity for TWU: An entirely new job category that can be organized from the get-go. And for a nascent form of urban transportation trying to gain traction with citizens and local governments alike, it doesn’t hurt to have a powerful union on your...

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  • October 22, 2014 | Polk Sales Tax Referendum: Forum Looks at Benefits of Transit Funds

    Polk Sales Tax Referendum: Forum Looks at Benefits of Transit Funds

    Improving funding for transit and roads in Polk County is key to dealing with a changing workforce and an aging population, and action needs to be taken now instead of waiting, panelists told a crowd gathered for a forum Wednesday.

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  • October 21, 2014 | NYC Bike-on-Sidewalk Tickets Most Common in Black and Latino Communities

    NYC Bike-on-Sidewalk Tickets Most Common in Black and Latino Communities

    Reducing sidewalk biking by building the streets people actually want, with physical separation between bikes, cars, and sidewalks, obviously won’t fix institutional racism. But it’s maddening when missing infrastructure contributes to the machinery of inequality. That’s what’s happening here,...

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  • October 21, 2014 | The right way to renew a city

    The right way to renew a city

    Three additional stations (Western Ave, Hamline and Victoria) were added to Minneapolis's Green Line to ensure the train did not just whisk people between the two downtowns. The stations added a total of $15 million to the construction costs and slowed the travel time between the two cities by a...

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  • October 21, 2014 | Met Council board not big transit riders, survey finds

    Met Council board not big transit riders, survey finds

    Members get free passes for mass transit, but few use perk, survey indicates. Staff are more frequent bus, train riders. Most members of the Metropolitan Council rarely use the public transportation system they are in charge of overseeing, based on transit pass usage and a Star Tribune survey of...

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  • October 20, 2014 | De Blasio Signs Transit Benefit Bill, Says 25 MPH Limit Will Save Lives

    De Blasio Signs Transit Benefit Bill, Says 25 MPH Limit Will Save Lives

    Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation requiring companies with 20 or more full-time employees in New York City to offer the federal transit tax benefit to their workers. The measure, which takes effect in 2016, is expected to save employers and workers millions of dollars each year. He also...

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  • October 20, 2014 | Public transit: Ohio funding that's among lowest in U.S. likely to arise at Tuesday ODOT forum

    Public transit: Ohio funding that's among lowest in U.S. likely to arise at Tuesday ODOT forum

    The Ohio Department of Transportation wants to hear from residents and community leaders tomorrow about the importance of public transit in the future of Ohio cities. ODOT officials could get an earful. Spending in Ohio on public transit ranks towards the bottom among states – 94 cents a year...

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  • October 15, 2014 | Nonprofit plans its first affordable housing complex near Lakeline Station

    Nonprofit plans its first affordable housing complex near Lakeline Station

    Nonprofit Foundation Communities is slated to begin construction on an affordable housing complex near Capital Metro’s Lakeline Station Park & Ride in 2015 to provide low-income families with access to public transportation, retail and jobs.

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  • October 14, 2014 | The many reasons millennials are shunning cars

    The many reasons millennials are shunning cars

    There's a lot of evidence that millennials don't drive as much — or care as much for cars in general — as previous generations their own age did. They're less likely to get driver's licenses. They tend to take fewer car trips, and when they do, those trips are shorter. They're also more likely...

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  • October 14, 2014 | Touring Civil Rights History on Two Wheels

    Touring Civil Rights History on Two Wheels

    The new Atlanta company Civil Bikes offers bike rentals and history tours with a side of community-building. As a black woman living in a sprawling Southern city, Deadwyler epitomizes the hopes that advocates-with-a-capital-A hold for the future of biking as transportation in the U.S. She's not...

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  • October 14, 2014 | Public Transit: The Road to Opportunity

    Public Transit: The Road to Opportunity

    Transportation challenges exist in too many locations across the United States. Sadly, for too many residents of these communities, not enough change has come. One of the reasons for this is that transportation dollars in the federal budget are too frequently focused on highways. Public transit...

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  • October 10, 2014 | Havasu's shuttle voucher program almost ready for launch

    Havasu's shuttle voucher program almost ready for launch

    The push to continue to provide transportation to low-income residents came from the City Council. The idea is to serve low-income residents who need transportation to make work, school, grocery and medical trips. The shuttle-voucher program, which will provide $5 vouchers to low-income...

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  • October 09, 2014 | BART, AC Transit directors approve late night bus service

    BART, AC Transit directors approve late night bus service

    Expanded late night transbay bus service could begin as early as December after BART and Alameda-Contra Costa Transit directors voted to approve the service. BART directors approved the one-year pilot program today and AC Transit directors approved it Wednesday night.

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  • October 07, 2014 | Seattle Tops U.S. for Pedestrian Safety as Detroit Trails

    Seattle Tops U.S. for Pedestrian Safety as Detroit Trails

    The city in Washington state has few pedestrian deaths and has invested in infrastructure that residents say makes walking safer, the insurer said today in releasing the results. Boston was the second-safest among the 25 cities studied, followed by Washington, D.C. Detroit was the most dangerous.

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