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  • September 14, 2017 | StreetsBlog Denver

    The 2017 Colorado Bicycle Summit is "Bigger than the Bike"

     

    Biking isn’t just a recreational activity or a fun and efficient way to get around. Biking can mean independence, a healthier life, and can be a tool for economic development — but it’s not always accessible to everyone. Bicycle Colorado’s active transportation manager, Rachel Hultin, notes...

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  • September 11, 2017 | CityLab

    Google Gets Serious About Mapping Wheelchair Accessibility

    If there’s one thing Google’s got at its disposal, it’s a global army of avid map users. Now the company is leveraging that power to make its Maps feature more useful for people with mobility challenges—a group that often gets overlooked in the world of transit and urban innovation.

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  • September 01, 2017 | WAMU

    Dockless Bikeshares Offer New Way to Get Around D.C. on Two Wheels

    Even though the Washington region’s Capital Bikeshare is one of the most successful bikeshare programs in the U.S., officials concede that there are still gaps in the system. Few of these bikes and docking stations are located in D.C.’s outer wards. A new program using dock-free technology could...

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  • August 30, 2017 | The Nation

    New York's Subway System Could Be a Force for Equity and Sustainability

    A crisis besets America’s largest city. It threatens to derail the entire economy, but it most cruelly punishes working people, especially low-income residents, folks in the outer boroughs, the old and the young. It’s not a stretch to say it poses a threat to public safety, as the risk of...

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  • August 24, 2017 | Austin Monitor

    Equity Office Asks City to Look Through a New Lens

    In the fall of 2016, the city of Austin readjusted its rudder and straightened itself on a course toward equity. Brion Oaks stepped in as the chief equity officer of the newly established Equity Office, which is a dedicated city-funded effort to eradicate disparities in Austin. The Equity Office...

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  • August 24, 2017 | FOX 21

    Duluth City Council Candidates Talk Transportation

    Duluth City Council candidates hit the stage Wednesday to answer questions about improving transportation equity in the city. The forum was organized by local nonprofits and research groups who say transportation is a vital necessity to be able to access employment and income, education, and...

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  • August 23, 2017 | Slow Roll Chicago

    A Matter of Life or Death: Vision Zero Chicago

    In a recent conversation with Rutgers University Senior Researcher and Adjunct Professor Charles Brown regarding Vision Zero Chicago and Slow Roll Chicago’s Bicycle Equity Statement of Principle document, Mr. Brown made a clear, forceful case for the Vision Zero Chicago Action Plan being a...

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  • August 22, 2017 | StreetsBlog USA

    Shreveport Mayor Votes to Bulldoze a Black Neighborhood to Build a Highway

    It wasn’t that long ago that demolishing black neighborhoods to make way for highways was official U.S. government policy. In fact, though most cities now recognize what a horrible mistake that was, we can’t even close the chapter on that era just yet. Last week, public officials in Shreveport,...

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  • August 22, 2017 | The Urban Edge

    Bus Ridership is Down Across the Country

    The prognosis is not good. The city bus, “a staple of American urban life,” the Wall Street Journal tells its readers, “is in a state of steady decline.” That’s according to an analysis of data from the Department of Transportation indicating that ridership on city buses is down 13 percent from...

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  • August 21, 2017 | Washington Post

    Maryland to Get $900 Million Federal Full Funding Agreement for Purple Line

    Maryland’s Purple Line will receive a $900 million federal full funding agreement from the Trump administration, a critical step forward for the oft-delayed project. The breakthrough came after “very productive, high-level conversations” between Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and Transportation Secretary...

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  • August 10, 2017 | San Antonio Express-News

    Sculley Brings 'Equity Lens' to City Budget

    Last month, freshman San Antonio Councilman John Courage circulated a memo around City Hall proposing three ways the city could generate more revenue to deal with streets, sidewalks and public safety. Courage suggested that his proposals — getting San Antonio Water System to bump up its annual...
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  • August 10, 2017 | Morning Consult

    Driving Community Change

    The National Urban League and Lyft Inc. are joining forces to advance ride-hailing services for every community, especially those that are underserved. Moving forward, National Urban League and Lyft commit to dig deeper together, to expand access to transportation, to grow economic...

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  • August 10, 2017 | Streetsblog Chicago

    Active Trans Should Rethink Its Vision Zero Summit to Make It More Inclusive

    Chicago’s Vision Zero efforts are focusing on high crash areas and corridors, and most of the areas most heavily impacted by traffic violence are in lower-income communities of color on the South and West sides. These neighborhoods will be prioritized for safety outreach and education, partially...

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  • August 04, 2017 | CityLab

    New York City May Stop Arresting Turnstile Jumpers

    New York could be backing away from a key tool used in the “broken windows” strategy of policing: arresting people who jump subway turnstiles. The strategy’s critics are many. They’ve called for the New York City Police Department to deemphasize it, citing the disproportionate impact on...

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  • August 04, 2017 | CityLab

    When a Neighborhood Says No to Bike Share

    A common criticism of bike share programs nationwide involves the lack of docking stations in lower-income areas. Indeed, the GoBike expansion has drawn criticism for limited expansion in the less-affluent parts of the East Bay area. But in this case, the absence of infrastructure comes from the...

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  • July 23, 2017 | Philadelphia Inquirer

    As Uber Grows, SEPTA to Rethink Bus Service

    Before ride-share services came to Philadelphia in 2014, there were not many alternatives. Now, riders are contributing to a significant shift in the region away from public transit, particularly buses, to Uber and Lyft. SEPTA’s 123 bus and trolley routes lost about 4.4 million ride trips from...

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  • July 19, 2017 | Huffington Post

    Biking Toward Greater Equity

    Bike-sharing programs have exploded across the United States and the globe in recent years. Fifty-five systems were in place in cities across the U.S. by 2016, up from just four in 2010. However, a major challenge in New York City and elsewhere, has been ensuring that the docking stations are...

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  • July 17, 2017 | NextCity

    Bay Area Navigates Regional Bike-Share Expansion

    On June 28, San Francisco’s Bay Area Bike Share became Ford GoBike. With the relaunch comes plans for a massive expansion that will eventually total 7,000 bikes in cities throughout the region. Last week, the East Bay got its first phase with 450 bikes at 43 stations in Oakland, Emeryville and...

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  • July 07, 2017 | Brooklyn Daily Eagle

    Transit Advocates Serve Notice to Political Candidates

    Candidates running for office in NYC this November should be paying attention to the need for major transportation improvements, according to the leaders of eight transit advocacy organizations who have released a comprehensive agenda, along with proposals. The agenda contains a list of transit...

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  • June 22, 2017 | StreetsBlog USA

    Can Transit Work Well in a Sprawling City Like Indianapolis?

    Considering that it’s America’s 14th largest city, Indianapolis has a lot of catching up to do. Transit service is scarce and very few people use the existing system. A key reason for these lackluster outcomes is the city’s sprawling pattern of development. Because of the city’s rather limited...

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  • June 21, 2017 | Ithaca Times

    Living by the Bus Schedule

    They may be riding the same bus – the same route and time – and may be coming from the same stop. Some don’t have a car, or can’t afford one. Some live far away, their return to their lives in the far-flung bedroom communities of Tompkins County dictated in time to the bus. Some ride out of...

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  • June 17, 2017 | San Francisco Chronicle

    BART Riders Deserve Sanctuary Within the Transit

    BART plays an essential role in hundreds of thousands of people’s daily commutes. BART should invest in transporting riders and keeping them safe, not furthering a national anti-immigrant agenda, and a BART Safe Transit Policy is being proposed so that all riders can reach their destinations...

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  • June 14, 2017 | WBAL

    State Unveils Revamped BaltimoreLink Bus System

    Baltimore's revamped bus system launches this weekend, which means plenty of changes for commuters. BaltimoreLink is being touted as a comprehensive, efficient, and effective mass transit system. Supporters believe it's essential to the city's sustainability, prosperity, and relevance. Governor...
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  • June 13, 2017 | WTOP

    Montgomery County's Bus Rapid Transit Plan Gets Rolling

    The Montgomery County Council has approved a resolution that would create a bus rapid transit (BRT) route. The hybrid service could attract those who might not usually take a bus and would also help satisfy the need to serve the current ridership. BRT discussions often focus on how to get choice...
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  • June 13, 2017 | Streetsblog Chicago

    Willie Brown, Charles Marohn Headlined the Transport Chicago Conference

    The Transport Chicago Conference is an annual event for researchers, practitioners, and policy makers to meet and exchange ideas and best practices based on trends around the world, including a focus on diverse modes of transportation. Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, Jr. discussed the...
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  • June 09, 2017 | Memphis Daily News

    Explore Bike Share Launching 600-Bike System in Memphis

    Getting around in Memphis is about to get a whole lot easier, as Explore Bike Share has announced an agreement with B-Cycle to bring a 600-bike system to the Bluff City. The system, known as the B-Cycle Dash, is expected to launch in the spring of 2018 and include a fleet of bikes equipped with...

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  • June 09, 2017 | Streetsblog USA

    Indianapolis Has a Long Way to Go to Get Transit Right

    There are few places in the U.S. where transit ridership is as low as Indianapolis. Regionally, less than one percent of commuters -- about 9,000 people -- travel by bus each day, according to the U.S. Census. The vast majority of people drive to work alone, despite the fact that car ownership...

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  • June 08, 2017 | Philly Voice

    As Indego Expands, Philly Receives Grant for Equity in Bike Sharing

    Philadelphia's 2-year-old bike-sharing program Indego added another 14 stations this week, many of them in South and West Philadelphia neighborhoods where pickup and drop-off points had been in shorter supply. The program will now renew its efforts to ensure social and racial equity in bike...

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  • June 08, 2017 | Streetsblog USA

    NACTO Wants to Find Out How Cities Can Design Better Streets, Faster

    The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), representing more than 50 urban transportation departments across the United States, is known for street design guides that prioritize walking, bicycling, and transit. Now the organization is turning its attention to the...

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  • June 01, 2017 | NextCity

    17 Transit Agencies Team Up to Think About L.A. Bus System Overhaul

    Bus ridership in Los Angeles is steadily declining, with a system that saw 14 percent fewer riders in April 2017 than April 2016. Annual bus ridership dropped 18 percent from 2009 to 2016. Public transportation agency LA Metro has been laser focused on its rail system, investing billions in new...

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  • June 01, 2017 | StreetsBlog Los Angeles

    Gateway Cities COG Walks Away from Active Transpo Commitment

    As we close out bike month, it is worth noting that despite the growing acknowledgement that transportation must address equity, diversity, and the wider range of barriers that lower-income cyclists and pedestrians face when trying to access their streets, the frame of reference guiding...

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  • May 25, 2017 | StreetsBlog NYC

    On Long Island, Transit Operates as Two Separate and Unequal Systems

    Major new rail infrastructure projects won't deliver on their potential if Long Island continues to operate its train and bus networks as a two-tiered transit system. The Long Island Railroad is building some of the biggest infrastructure projects in the region which will open up new...

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  • May 25, 2017 | Big Island Now

    Dems & Coalition Kick Off Fight for Infrastructure Jobs

    Congressional Democrats and a coalition of progressive organizations kicked off a long-anticipated infrastructure jobs fight this week, launching a massive campaign for public investment in millions of new jobs in Hawai‘i and across the nation. The plan, authored by Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), would...

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  • May 23, 2017 | Madison Commons

    The Bus Stops Here: For Imagination

    If you could wave a magic wand, what would Madison’s transportation system look like? Working quietly and unseen in the background of our transportation system, removed from the day to day business of actual operations is a team of people who are creating a vision of the Madison they want to...

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  • May 17, 2017 | TribTalk

    The Promise of New Rides for Texans with Disabilities

    The Coalition of Texans with Disabilities (CTD), a statewide cross-disability organization, is extremely interested in accessible transportation options, including the bullet train project, Transportation Networking Companies (TNCs) with a real accessibility program, and autonomous vehicles, all...

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