• August 11, 2014 | When transit service is substandard, can we plan for capital expansion?

    When transit service is substandard, can we plan for capital expansion?

    Public transportation expenditures are typically divided into two buckets: One for operations expenditures — the money that goes primarily to pay the costs of gas, electricity, and driver labor — and the other for capital investments, which sometimes means maintenance but often means new...

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  • August 08, 2014 | Concerns grow over `transit desert` in Chicago

    Concerns grow over `transit desert` in Chicago

    More than 400 thousand Cook County residents live in “transit deserts” and face more difficulty and potential cost in getting around. A study from the Center for Neighborhood Technology defined a transit desert to be more than a half mile from a rail stop or at least one quarter of a mile from...

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  • August 07, 2014 | Pedestrians Dying at Disproportionate Rates in America's Poorer Neighborhoods

    Pedestrians Dying at Disproportionate Rates in America's Poorer Neighborhoods

    Many cities have made pedestrian safety a priority, but their efforts rarely focus on poorer areas, which have approximately double the fatality rates of wealthier communities.In the nation’s metro areas, the bottom third of Census tracts, in terms of per capita income, recorded pedestrian...
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  • August 01, 2014 | Continued Jobs Growth. But Highway Bill Shows Austerity Still Hurts.

    Continued Jobs Growth. But Highway Bill Shows Austerity Still Hurts.

    Today’s Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report finds payroll employment increased by 209,000 in July, slightly slower growth than last month, and the unemployment rate ticked up slightly to 6.2 percent. Coming after this week’s GDP report that found the economy was actually growing in the...

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  • July 15, 2014 | How Low-Income Commuters View Cycling

    How Low-Income Commuters View Cycling

    New data from the U.S. Census Bureau offers encouraging news for cyclists: Nationally, bicycle commuting increased 61 percent between the 2000 Census and a 2008-2012 survey. But there's considerable work to do before we bike ride into the sunset. Our research shows that in some places, the...

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  • July 03, 2014 | How 3 Communities Fought Discriminatory Transportation Policies

    How 3 Communities Fought Discriminatory Transportation Policies

    This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, which outlawed discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.To celebrate the occasion, PolicyLink held a discussion this week about how that legislation has affected transportation policy. Three local...

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  • June 06, 2014 | New Orleans Fast-Tracks Equitable Transit Investment

    New Orleans Fast-Tracks Equitable Transit Investment

    Barbara Major thinks of transportation as more than a way to help people get around. As one of the nation's largest public investments, it can be a powerful engine for equitable economic growth.
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  • May 31, 2014 | Bloomberg News

    House Proposal to Boost Highway Fund Hits Senate Resistance

    A proposal House Republican leaders outlined yesterday to shore up the U.S. Highway Trust Fund by curbing Saturday mail delivery has met quick Senate opposition. Delaware Democratic Senator Tom Carper, chairman of his chamber’s governmental affairs panel that handles postal issues, said the plan...

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  • May 28, 2014 | The Hill

    Transportation advocates hail Maya Angelou as streetcar pioneer

    Transportation advocates are mourning the death of legendary poet and writer Maya Angelou, who they said was "San Francisco’s first African American streetcar conductor" in addition to being a famous author. Angelou died Wednesday at age 86. The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) union said Angelou...

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  • May 23, 2014 | StreetsBlog USA

    Study: Drivers Less Likely to Yield for Black Pedestrians

    You’ve heard the expression “driving while black?” Perhaps “walking while black” is a thing, too. A new study, by researchers from Portland State University and the University of Arizona, indicates racial biases play a role in how pedestrians are treated on the roadway.

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  • May 21, 2014 | Wired

    The 20 Deadliest U.S. Cities for Pedestrians

    Pedestrian deaths in the United States are at a five-year high, and if you’re among the few people who walks around Orlando, you’re more likely to be killed by a car than anyone else in the nation. You can thank 60 years of auto-centric planning and transportation policies for that.

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  • May 20, 2014 | Smart Growth America

    Dangerous by Design 2014 highlights preventable pedestrian fatalities

    Every day, in communities across the country, people are killed while walking to school, to work or to the store. From 2003 to 2012, more than 47,000 people were killed while walking – sixteen times the number of people who died in natural disasters, but without the corresponding level of...

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  • May 17, 2014 | The Hill

    Obama hits GOP on infrastructure

    President Obama used his weekly address Saturday to hit House Republicans on their inaction in transportation infrastructure funding while trying to draw a stark contrast between him and the GOP on job creation. Obama warned that federal funding for transportation projects will run out this...

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  • May 16, 2014 | Huffington Post

    Let's Connect to Opportunity

    Transportation is an essential ingredient for building healthier communities. That's why an equitable and well-functioning transportation system that works for everyone is so important. Transportation connects people to jobs, schools, affordable housing, health care, grocery stores, and more.

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  • May 15, 2014 | The Hill

    House silent on highway funding

    The House is staying quiet in the debate over a new transportation funding bill despite a flurry of action by senators and the Obama administration. Senate leaders this week unveiled a six-year, $265 billion road and transit funding package bill that will be marked up in committee on Thursday...

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  • May 14, 2014 | Next City

    3 Ways the Transportation Reauthorization Bill Could Affect Cities

    The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee released the MAP-21 Reauthorization Act on Monday. The bill, if passed, would reauthorize federal aid for highways, railways and all things transit. Geoff Anderson, president and CEO of Smart Growth America is a fan, and said in a press release...

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  • May 13, 2014 | StreetsBlog USA

    Barbara Boxer’s Transportation Bill: Same As It Ever Was

    The future of national transportation policy is pretty much like the present of national transportation policy, if the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has its way: underfunded and highway-centric. The bill released by Senator Barbara Boxer’s EPW Committee yesterday rejects pretty...

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  • May 12, 2014 | Slate

    The Solution That Shall Not Be Named

    The nation’s roads and bridges are crumbling. How long can the White House and Congress ignore the common-sense fix staring them in the face? The White House is warning Congress that it has until August to find at least $18 billion for the federal account that funds the nation’s roads and public...

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