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  • May 16, 2017 | CityLab

    The Streetcar Boondoggle Continues, This Time in Detroit

    Detroit’s mass transit system—an insufficient network of buses and the People Mover, a mostly useless closed-loop monorail in the central business district—can be considered paltry at best. With the christening of a 3.3-mile streetcar confined to the city’s rapidly developing core, Detroit did...

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  • May 15, 2017 | KCET

    Rethinking Streets in Los Angeles to be More People Centric

    South Robertson, like most of Los Angeles, was designed for cars. Much of the corridor is not welcoming to pedestrians or bicyclists, and this has major implications for the social and economic health of the area. The boulevard is a heavily trafficked thoroughfare to the I-10 freeway, making it...

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  • May 15, 2017 | Insight Center for Community Economic Development

    Driving Into Debt: The Need for Traffic Ticket Fee Reform

    This is a detailed report highlighting the flaws and inequities of California’s current traffic fine and fee system and offering specific recommendations for reforms that would promote sustainable system funding and the fair administration of justice for all Californians. The report describes a...

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  • May 09, 2017 | FutureStructure

    How Tech-Enhanced Infrastructure Will Promote Equity in Transportation

    Some former Department of Transportation officials have been advocating for the prioritization of considering transportation’s impact on equity and potential displacement, especially as communities have historically gotten divided into neighborhoods of haves and have-nots. Infrastructure...

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  • May 09, 2017 | Santa Fe Reporter

    Cutting Carbon Without Costing People

    Santa Fe’s work to advance its goal of easing impacts on the climate could dramatically reshape its infrastructure for decades to come, with ramifications that either increase equity or widen that gap. Transportation has been identified as the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the...

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  • May 05, 2017 | StreetsBlog USA

    Can Memphis Turn Around Its Struggling Bus System?

    The current level of transit service in Memphis is bleak. A group of public defenders took part in Bus Rider’s Day as “an exercise in empathy and, as it turned out, endurance” to understand the transportation challenges facing their clients. They spent the day waiting for buses that never came,...

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  • May 03, 2017 | Capital Gazette

    Biking Benefits the Whole Community

    May is National Bike Month and there are lots of local events, including the Ride of Silence on May 17 and Bike to Work on May 19. With the nicer weather, there are increasing numbers of riders out on our trails and roads. Some ride for recreation while others bike for transportation as a...

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  • May 02, 2017 | StreetsBlog USA

    Columbus Just Launched a Completely Redesigned Bus Network

    This week, Columbus, Ohio, became the latest city to flip the switch on a redesigned bus network, changing a decades-old route map in a bid to jump-start flagging ridership. The updated routes bring huge numbers of people and jobs within closer reach of frequent transit service. In a matter of...

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  • May 02, 2017 | StreetsBlog USA

    House and Senate Decline Trump's Request to Gut Transit Funding, For Now

    Congress came out with a funding package this week that keeps the government operating until the end of September. Officially, it’s known as the omnibus appropriations package for fiscal year 2017. Unofficially, it’s a Republican Congress ignoring the wishes of President Donald J. Trump, and for...

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  • May 01, 2017 | StreetsBlog NYC

    Addressing Racism and Police Brutality in Traffic Enforcement

    Police brutality and racial inequities in criminal justice must be addressed by advocates and agencies aiming to reduce traffic fatalities. That’s the key takeaway from a Vision Zero Cities panel this week on police violence and traffic enforcement. Ultimately, for Vision Zero to succeed,...

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  • April 27, 2017 | CityLab

    The Human Cost of Losing Amtrak

    The Amtrak station in Mobile, Alabama closed in 2005, after Hurricane Katrina flooded it. The storm wiped out passenger rail service across the Gulf Coast region, closing stations between Florida and Louisiana. The loss of the Gulf Coast service left Mobile residents who don’t drive with fewer...

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  • April 26, 2017 | StreetsBlog USA

    A Simple Change to Make the Walk to Transit Feel Within Reach

    Sometimes, high-quality transit is within a walkable distance, but people just aren’t used to walking to the train. New signage in St. Paul, Minnesota, funded through a local challenge from a national foundation, aims to help people get over that mental block and walking to the nearest Green...

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  • April 21, 2017 | NextCity

    Map Shows How Connected DC Metro Really Is

    Transportation equity (and the lack thereof) is an ongoing problem for cities from Atlanta to Seattle. Now, thanks to some nifty work by The Washington Post, people in the Washington, D.C., area can quickly see what inequity looks like — in shades of purple, teal and pink. Using Mapzen Mobility...

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  • April 20, 2017 | Mapleton Press

    Funding Student Transportation Costs to School

    Rural schools cover a much larger geographic area than urban or suburban districts. Consequently, those districts have much higher costs per pupil to transport those students between school and home. All those dollars spent on transportation are then unavailable to spend in the classroom,...

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  • April 13, 2017 | North Denver Tribune

    At the Crossroads of Colorado's Highway Transportation

    Elected leaders in Colorado urge widening I-70 which would hurt low-income North Denver ethnic minority communities by creating catastrophic flooding potential near a highly toxic site, resulting in toxins affecting drinking water sources. This practice of routing freeways through the heart of...

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  • April 13, 2017 | Press of Atlantic City

    South Jersey Experts Discuss Improving Health Equity Among Residents

    State and local departments, agencies, organizations, and coalitions gathered for the Cumberland County Health Equity Forum to talk about how to improve access and eliminate disparities among residents, especially minorities. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s annual County Health Rankings...

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  • April 13, 2017 | Nonprofit Quarterly

    Five Elements of a Thriving Justice Ecosystem: Pursuing Deep Equity

    For the Alameda County Public Health Department, thinking in terms of race equity meant changing the way it did business. By examining how equity issues interacted with the root causes of health problems, the department began to incorporate a more systemic understanding of race and equity into...

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  • April 12, 2017 | StreetsBlog San Francisco

    Jeff Tumlin Exit Interview: Oakland's Interim DOT Director Reflects

    Nine months isn’t a long time to create a Department of Transportation (DOT) for the City of Oakland. But that’s exactly what Jeffrey Tumlin, Principal and Director of Strategy at Nelson/Nygaard Consulting, was tasked with last July. Next week, his service as director of the department he has...

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