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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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  • October 07, 2014 | Mapped: How public transit changes your job prospects

    Mapped: How public transit changes your job prospects

    Public transit dramatically changes the shape of a city for people who live near (and rely on) it. A job that may be five miles away feels much closer if it's on the other end of a subway line. A supermarket in the next neighborhood over may feel remote if there's no bus to get to it.

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  • October 06, 2014 | New Report Highlights Dangerous Trajectory of Transportation Funding

    New Report Highlights Dangerous Trajectory of Transportation Funding

    Last month, the Pew Charitable Trusts released a report on the state of transportation funding, drawing much needed attention to an increasingly relevant issue. Decreased funding poses a threat not only to balanced budgets but also to equity and civil rights. With large segments of the U.S....

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  • October 06, 2014 | Investing in Atlanta’s sidewalks will contribute to our quality of life - See more at: http://saportareport.com/blog/2014/10/inv

    Investing in Atlanta’s sidewalks will contribute to our quality of life - See more at: http://saportareport.com/blog/2014/10/investing-in-atlantas-sidewalks-will-contribute-to-our-quality-of-life/#sthash.rmwsbu2L.dpuf

    Walking is often a forgotten segment of everyone’s commute – whether it’s from the parking garage to the office or from the chained bicycle to the front door of a restaurant. Saturday I joined fellow PEDS board members and other pedestrian-safety advocates on a walking tour from the Georgia...

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  • October 01, 2014 | DC will start saving a lot of money while offering better transit for persons with disabilities

    DC will start saving a lot of money while offering better transit for persons with disabilities

    Paratransit service for persons with disabilities will soon get better for riders, and cheaper for the DC government. New rules will go into effect today, which will let up to 33 wheelchair-accessible taxis offer paratransit rides instead of WMATA's MetroAccess system. The rules could save the...

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  • September 30, 2014 | Everyone On the Bus: Rider-Driver Alliances

    Everyone On the Bus: Rider-Driver Alliances

    With so much common interest, there are plenty of opportunities for solidarity between transit riders and drivers. Community groups, often calling themselves bus riders unions, are popping up all over the country—and make ready allies for willing unions. 

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  • September 30, 2014 | Conference Brings Transportation Equity to Forefront

    Conference Brings Transportation Equity to Forefront

    Nestled at the intersection of three rivers connecting the Midwest to the Atlantic coast is Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – host of the 18th annual Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place Conference earlier this month. It was a perfect meeting space for over 1,000 city planners, transportation engineers, public...

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  • September 30, 2014 | The Ugly Economics of Subprime Auto Loans

    The Ugly Economics of Subprime Auto Loans

    For many Americans, having a car means keeping a job in transit-barren suburbs and cities. Losing transportation could mean losing everything. The rise of the subprime auto market is a nasty reminder that for so many Americans, cars are nearly as indispensable as shelter.

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  • September 26, 2014 | From Transit to Access: Three Essentials for Rethinking How Cities Connect Their Residents to Opportunity

    From Transit to Access: Three Essentials for Rethinking How Cities Connect Their Residents to Opportunity

    People often traverse neighborhoods, cities, counties and even regions to access job opportunities and the essential services (e.g., healthcare, childcare, grocery stores, etc.) needed to support themselves and their families. Low-income communities are often disproportionately affected by this...

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