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  • October 11, 2018 | Madison Commons

    Madison Metro Transit Launches Equity Survey

    The City of Madison’s Metro Transit agency launched an online survey on September 28 asking passengers to report on equity in their bus service. According to the Metro Transit web page, the survey was launched to “reflect the goals and values” of Madison’s Racial and Social Justice Initiative.
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  • October 10, 2018 | Chicago Tribune

    Regional Planning Agency Says Racial Inequities Holding Chicago Back

    Unequal access to economic opportunities is holding the Chicago area back. The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's "On to 2050" plan called for investment in the Chicago area's infrastructure that would give residents of all races and economic levels access to jobs, transportation, and...
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  • October 04, 2018 | The Herald Sun

    Durham Wants Scooters Accessible to All

    Electric scooters are spreading in the Triangle. When they arrive in Durham, they won’t just be downtown or just for riders who speak English. The Durham City Council is finalizing regulations and wants to make sure they serve the whole city and Spanish-speaking riders, too.

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  • October 04, 2018 | CityLab

    A Transportation Platform for Chicago's Next Mayor

    Chicago’s upcoming mayoral race—newly wide-open because of the decision of Mayor Rahm Emanuel not to run for reelection—is an exciting opportunity to advance changes that produce a more livable city. That’s a goal that surely every candidate would sign on to. Key to livability is transportation....

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  • September 28, 2018 | StreetsBlog USA

    Ohio Group Offers $olutions for Transit

    Ohio is one of the worst states at supporting transit – but it’s not for lack of money. The latest budget provides just $6.5 million a year towards supporting urban transit across the state. Both Cincinnati and Cleveland’s transit system are facing service cuts and fare hikes thanks to changes...

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  • September 27, 2018 | Government Technology

    Before Cities Can Enforce Multimodal Policies, They Need Good Data

    Companies want to help cities enforce and regulate new mobility devices like e-scooters, bikes, or car-shares by offering up real-time data. Movement through cities is becoming more multimodal — taking the form of bikes, scooters, trams and more — and the management of these transportation...

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  • September 20, 2018 | Next City

    Denver Approves Low-Income Discount for Transit Riders

    Fast-growing Denver is grappling with the equity challenges of rapid growth in a number of ways, from expanding its parks system to providing rental assistance for moderate-income families to move into the city’s glut of luxury condos. The city’s transit-oriented development fund has become a...

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  • September 20, 2018 | Mercury News

    BART's Fare Evasion Fines Hit African-Americans Hardest

    African-American passengers are bearing the brunt of BART’s new fines for riders who fail to pay fares, as they receive tickets at a rate that appears to be far higher than their proportion of overall ridership, data from the agency shows. During a 14-day period in July, African-American riders...

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  • September 19, 2018 | Next City

    Houston Chooses Buses Instead of Light Rail, for Now

    Houstonians have been arguing loudly for several years over plans to expand the city’s light rail system. Now the local transit agency, Houston Metro, has decided to cast its lot mainly with faster buses as the way forward for long-range transit improvements, according to a Houston Chronicle...

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  • September 19, 2018 | Smart Cities Dive

    Minneapolis' Nice Ride Launches Dockless Bike-Share Program

    Although a new, dockless bike-share program is being rolled out throughout the city of Minneapolis, underserved areas are being targeted for the first hubs. Equity is one of the main drivers for Minneapolis' transition to dockless. The goal is to make sure transportation deserts and low-income...

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  • September 18, 2018 | Curbed

    9 Cities with Smart Ideas to Improve Transportation

    Transportation systems don’t just move people around—they can also be catalysts for moving cities forward. But too often, between state-level inertia (see: New York’s inability to cope with New York City’s subway crisis) and the lack of serious federal investment in infrastructure and public...

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  • September 14, 2018 | Curbed Boston

    Chelsea Transportation Issues to Top Agenda for MBTA Oversight Board

    The glacial pace and the frequent overcrowding (and cancellations) of the No. 111 bus from Revere to Haymarket will top the agenda of the MBTA’s oversight committee. The debate over the 111 highlights what is sometimes called transportation equity as Chelsea residents endure a lot more than MBTA...

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  • September 11, 2018 | Colorado Public Radio

    RTD Panel Approves More 'Equitable' Train, Bus Fare Overhaul

    A Regional Transportation District board committee recently approved major changes for its train and bus passes, aimed at making them more equitable. The proposal has been in the works for more than a year and a half, and has had input from a working group made up of a wide variety of advocacy...

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  • September 06, 2018 | KSRO

    Lyft Enters The Scooter Race By Launching In Denver

    Ride share company Lyft is entering the scooter arms race, marked by launching its scooter rental program in Denver. Lyft co-founders John Zimmer and Logan Green detailed their ambitions in a public post in July, stressing transportation equity and sustainability, intending for Lyft bikes and...

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  • August 23, 2018 | Smart & Resilient Cities

    Lime Moves toward Transportation Equity

    Lime has announced "a pivotal step" towards ensuring transportation equity in the communities it serves. In a recent blog post detailing the news, the company, a shared mobility solution provider, said that it is expanding its Lime Access program to include 50 percent off of Lime’s entire fleet...

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  • August 22, 2018 | Second Wave Media

    Carefully-Planned Mobility Makes Transportation Accessible for All

    Electric scooters and bike shares are increasingly offering up alternatives for short trips in Detroit's urban center. For workers, shoppers, or visitors, MoGo and Bird create affordable last-mile solutions to supplement public transportation and private vehicle use. Mobility innovations have...

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  • August 01, 2018 | StreetsBlog USA

    The Atlanta Suburbs May Finally Be on Board for Transit

    Gwinnett County lawmakers approve a tax-hike referendum for the March ballot. The times – and maybe even the suburbs! – are a-changin: Lawmakers in Georgia’s historically anti-transit Gwinnett County approved a ballot initiative for a one-cent sales tax hike to bring heavy rail and bus rapid...

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  • July 31, 2018 | GOVERNING Magazine

    Transit Equity Starts at Home, Not in Washington

    A federal law has done little to advance transportation fairness for low-income communities. Progress is up to local leaders. Questions of fairness have always been central to public transit. Decisions about whether to raise fares or cut service or about the geography of transit expansion have...

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  • July 29, 2018 | CommonWealth Magazine

    Transportation Equity: Is It A Good Thing?

    Those who fear displacement don’t see it that way. What do we think about when we think about transportation equity? There is regional equity, modal funding equity, ridership equity, and then there is social equity. Fundamentally, social equity relates not simply to treating all people fairly,...

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  • July 25, 2018 | Curbed San Francisco

    Muni Plans Better Service for Low-Income Riders, People with Disabilities

    San Francisco MTA (SFMTA) reforms also single out neighborhoods with significant minority populations. As reported in the San Francisco Examiner, City Hall is making plans to improve Muni service specifically aimed at low-income neighborhoods, people with disabilities, and communities of color....

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  • July 24, 2018 | WGBH

    Bike-Share Equity in Boston, A Work in Progress

    Dorchester is home to nearly a fifth of Boston’s population, but only has about a dozen bike-share docks – that’s if you count the southernmost one at the Franklin Park Zoo. The current inventory leaves out neighborhoods farther south including Ashmont Hill, Neponset, Codman Square and Lower...

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  • July 20, 2018 | Crosscut

    SDOT Pushes Equity as Thousands More Dockless Bikes Roll In

    City of Seattle officials hope new bike share regulations widen access in low-income areas and ease parking woes. As they prepare to potentially allow double the number of dockless bike share bikes on Seattle streets, city transportation officials hope to address two big issues: equity and parking.

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  • July 19, 2018 | Curbed

    Bird Scooters to Offer Discounted Rides to Low-Income Riders

    The One Bird program comes as other micromobility startups are proposing programs for more environmental and social equity. Bird, the rapidly expanding scooter startup, just announced a new program to subsidize rides for underserved communities and promote transit equity.

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  • July 17, 2018 | Curbed

    Lyft Sees a Future with More Bikes and Scooters, and Fewer Cars

    Lyft made a big move to not only live up to its founders’ lofty ideals, but to stake a claim as a more multimodal, sustainable transportation company that supports transit equity and safer streets. Lyft’s cofounders outlined Lyft’s new approach to integrating bikes and scooters into its suite of...

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  • July 12, 2018 | Curbed Seattle

    Seattle Plans Long-Term Rules for Private Bike Shares

    After evaluating a pilot program, the city is adjusting its expectations for bike-share operators. Seattle will soon have new rules that will govern how bike-share companies operate in the city long-term—and could pave the way for additional bike-share companies coming to Seattle. For instance,...

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  • June 29, 2018 | CityLab

    Lyft Is Reaching L.A. Neighborhoods Where Taxis Wouldn't

    With a rare look at trip data from the ride-hailing giant, a UCLA researcher finds promising equity results. For decades, racial discrimination by cab drivers has left black riders, in particular, waiting longer for pick-ups, having their destinations refused, and flat-out ignored, studies show....

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  • June 19, 2018 | Brookings

    The Route School Buses Can Take Toward Racial Equity

    Kids go to school to get an education and increase their future job opportunities. But how they get to school is a crucial, underappreciated detail that can make a world of difference to the communities where schools are located. Earlier this month, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced...

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  • June 18, 2018 | Smart Cities Dive

    How AVs Could Be a Boon to Transit Equity and Efficiency

    At the Meeting of the Minds Mobility Summit last week, speakers emphasized the need for equitable access to transportation and how microtransit can be a good avenue for autonomous vehicle usage. The growth of autonomous vehicle (AV) usage around the country can benefit cities and their public...

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  • June 14, 2018 | WCPO

    Metro Bus Advocates Installing Pop-Up Benches at Bus Stops

    Little benches are popping up around the city, carrying what organizers hope will be a loud message. Handwritten in permanent marker across each of the handmade, unpainted benches' seats, the message reads, "This bench supports bus riders more than the city does." Cam Hardy heads the Better Bus...

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  • June 11, 2018 | Chicago Reporter

    Instead of Extending the Red Line, Some See Promise in the Metra Electric

    Uncertainty around federal funding to extend the Chicago Transit Authority’s Red Line to the city’s southern limits has sparked discussions on whether to build the $2.3 billion extension at all or find alternatives to improve transit for Far South Side residents. South Side resident Michael...

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  • June 08, 2018 | CityLab

    New York City Will Cut Transit Fares for Low-Income Riders

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council speaker Corey Johnson have reached a deal, as of yet unannounced, to provide reduced-fare transit cards to low-income residents, the New York Times reported Thursday. Under the terms of the agreement, those living below the federal poverty...

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  • June 06, 2018 | StreetsBlog Chicago

    Transportation Planning Needs to Become Less "Stale, Pale, and Male"

    During his keynote speech at the Transport Chicago conference, Equiticity founder and president Oboi Reed called for increased ownership of the transportation planning process in areas populated by “black, brown, and indigenous people of color.” He argued that one reason why...

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  • June 02, 2018 | Washington Post

    Are Dockless Bikeshare Systems Changing Washington's Biking Culture?

    The new dockless bike-share companies that have taken off in the District are attracting a different kind of customer than the traditional Capital Bikeshare system: Their riders are more racially diverse, slightly younger and less affluent, according to transportation officials and an academic...

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  • May 30, 2018 | StreetsBlog USA

    What Happened When a Detroit Politician Rode the Bus to Work

    Detroit transit is famous for all the wrong reasons. To get to the sprawled-out suburbs where the jobs are, people without access to a car have to make multiple transfers on routes operated by different agencies, often with long, long walks in between. Despite recent campaigns to create a...

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  • May 14, 2018 | StreetsBlog San Francisco

    Decision Time: Sustainable and Equitable Transportation or a Bankrupt BART?

    On May 24th the BART board will likely vote on whether to build a five-mile, $1.6 billion rail extension or a much more cost-effective bus alternative. AB 758 requires that BART take action on an alternative before the end of June, or they will lose control of the project’s future. BART should...

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  • May 12, 2018 | Star Tribune

    Met Council's Equity Push Hard to See on the Ground

    Commuters who miss the bus during rush hour on Rice Street in St. Paul used to wait half an hour for the next one. Now the Route 62 rolls up every 15 minutes. Every two years, dozens of transportation projects compete for a slice of the region’s federal money. Route 62 had something special...

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  • May 08, 2018 | NextCity

    Seattle Raises the Equity Bar on Transit-Oriented Development

    Over the next two decades, Sound Transit — the transit agency serving the greater Seattle area — will buy a lot of land as it builds out its second and third phases of light rail expansion. Much of that land will be used as staging areas for new station construction. As that construction wraps...

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