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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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  • October 31, 2014 | How Metro-Funding Prop 1 Moves Us Toward the Bus System We Deserve

    How Metro-Funding Prop 1 Moves Us Toward the Bus System We Deserve

    This measure not only expands transit, but it puts equity front and center, funding access to transit for low-income riders: Metro is introducing a low-income fare next spring, and Transportation Proposition 1 incorporates a low-income tax rebate to help working people. That means more access...

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  • October 31, 2014 | Occupy Activist Earns a Seat on the Memphis Transit Board

    Occupy Activist Earns a Seat on the Memphis Transit Board

    The Memphis Bus Riders Union isn’t really a union. It’s not a group of employees; it doesn’t engage in collective bargaining; there aren’t any dues. But the group of grassroots volunteers has nonetheless begun to influence transit policy in a very real way.

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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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