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  • January 21, 2015 | Any Gas Tax Increase Should Include Tax Credit for Low-Income New Jerseyans

    Any Gas Tax Increase Should Include Tax Credit for Low-Income New Jerseyans

    New Jersey policymakers close in on a deal to boost New Jersey’s transportation funding. Equally essential, is offsetting disproportionate impact of a gas tax increase on poor households by strengthening a key tax credit for working families- the Earned Income Tax Credit.

     

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  • January 20, 2015 | San Francisco Transit Authority Votes To Give Free Muni Rides To Disabled, Low-Income Seniors

    Bay Area Transit Votes To Give Free Muni Rides To Disabled, Low-Income Seniors

    The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s board of directors voted unanimously Tuesday to waive the Muni fee for riders with disabilities and for low- to moderate-income seniors, many who live with fixed incomes and struggle to afford public transportation as the cost of living in the...

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  • January 20, 2015 | What U.S. DOT Can Learn From Leaders of Color in the South

    What U.S. DOT Can Learn From Leaders of Color in the South

    The South, which falls behind the rest of the country in public transit access, stands to benefit the most from increased transportation investments. The Department of Transportation (DOT) should pay close attention to local strategies deployed in the South, particularly in communities of color,...

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  • January 13, 2015 | Urban-rural partnerships advance transportation goals in Minnesota

    Urban-rural partnerships may advance transportation goals in Minnesota

    Kenya McKnight is leading efforts to ensure that Black community interests are front and center in the current campaign to help secure full investment in transportation and transit. McKnight serves on Metropolitan Council Transportation Advisory Board. In a Town Hall meeting on transportation...

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  • January 13, 2015 | Uber starts releasing transit data to cities

    Uber starts releasing transit data to cities

    Following a conflict with New York City over its ride data, Uber has begun giving some of its transit information to Boston in a pilot program. It’s using ZIP codes as the basis for the place-based information, and it’s anonymizing some of the details to protect riders and passengers. Local...

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  • January 08, 2015 | Obama administration takes sides in disability suit against Uber

    Obama administration takes sides in disability suit against Uber

    The Obama administration weighed in last month on the side of advocates for the blind in a federal court suit accusing ride-on-demand company Uber of discriminating against passengers with guide dogs.  The Justice Department did not endorse the specific allegations but said companies like Uber...

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  • January 08, 2015 | 4 Ways to Include Social Equity In City Planning

    4 Ways to Include Social Equity In City Planning

    City transportation planners need to place more emphasis on less tangible goals like helping people who live in disadvantaged neighborhoods access essential services, the authors of a new study argue.A few cities—notably Boston, San Francisco, San Diego, and Chicago—have managed to build in...

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  • January 07, 2015 | Why the Poor Are Struggling in America's Suburbs

    Why the Poor Are Struggling in America's Suburbs

    The 'burbs are home to an increasing number of poor families. But it may prove more difficult to make it there than in cities. If low-income residents have access to good job opportunities, affordable housing, low crime rates, and good schools, then the suburbs can provide a path out of poverty.

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  • January 06, 2015 | Bad public transit keeps people from jobs

    Bad public transit keeps people from jobs

    People with the most access to jobs via public transit do pretty well for themselves, as do people in far-flung areas who largely commute by car. But the people with the least transportation access— those at the intersection of low levels of both car-commuting and public transit access—appear to...

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  • January 05, 2015 | How Driver's License Suspensions Unfairly Target The Poor

    How Driver's License Suspensions Unfairly Target The Poor

    The most common way that people lose their driver's license in Wisconsin is not for drunk driving or other unsafe driving. It's for failure to pay the fine on a ticket for a non-moving traffic offense. Those make up 56 percent of all license suspensions in the state, according to statistics from...

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  • January 04, 2015 | Philly bike share program aims for low-cost access

    Philly bike share program aims for low-cost access

    Philadelphia is gearing up to roll out a bike share program that doesn't require a credit card deposit or charge members for short trips up to an hour. Organizers hope to attract not just tourists and hipsters but also the "unbanked" and other low-income residents who may not have ridden a bike...

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  • December 26, 2014 | A Green Line Through Queens

    A Green Line Through Queens

    The question is not whether a new park in Queens is a good idea. It’s a spectacular one. The question is whether it is a better idea than a less-flashy alternative — reviving the rail line so people in Queens, particularly in the Rockaways, can get to work without creeping along congested...

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  • December 12, 2014 | MBTA to test expanded student discounts

    MBTA to test expanded student discounts

    The MBTA will begin testing a new discounted fare pass program for teens and college students this summer, a victory for youth transit advocates who have long sought cheaper fares and have staged several protests to make their case.

     

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  • December 12, 2014 | High School Students Request Discounted Bus Passes

    High School Students Request Discounted Bus Passes

    It's important to offer every student an equal opportunity to pursue their education and career," says Hoover High attendee Thong Hoang. "But most low income students don't have access to transportation, and the bus or trolley is their only option."

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  • December 11, 2014 | Equity Data Helped NYC Advocates Expand Transit Access Through Bus Rapid Transit

    Equity Data Helped NYC Advocates Expand Transit Access Through Bus Rapid Transit

    Better policies and more equitable outcomes result when data informs policymaking. In New York City, advocates used data to highlight urgent transit needs and built out the transit system to meet these needs. Maps and charts compiled into a Transportation Equity Atlas provided power visuals of...

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  • December 08, 2014 | Access for the unbanked—equity with electronic tolling and contactless transit payment

    Access for the unbanked—equity with electronic tolling and contactless transit payment

    State DOTs are increasingly moving to all electronic tolling (AET) for roads and bridges. Transit agencies nationwide are also updating fare collection systems, and the trend is towards contactless, cashless fare payment. For both highways and transit these electronic payments often involve...

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  • December 08, 2014 | How to Make Shared-Vehicle Services Accessible to People of All Incomes

    How to Make Shared-Vehicle Services Accessible to People of All Incomes

    Shared transportation options can provide solutions when transit alone is deficient. But by and large, poor people are not taking advantage of those solutions. Here’s how some services have bucked the larger trend and provided transportation for people on a wider range of the income ladder.

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  • December 03, 2014 | Transit workers and riders, unite!

    Transit workers and riders, unite!

    Alliances between transportation unions and riders’ groups are central to a transit justice framework. And they are becoming increasingly important to the future of our cities. If we want to protect living-wage jobs and reliable transportation service, we should reject efforts to put riders and...

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  • November 26, 2014 | Transportation Equity Caucus Lifts Up Advancements in Equitable Transportation

    State and Local Ballot Initiatives Advance Equitable Transportation

    Transportation Equity Caucus held a tele-briefing to learn how state and local transportation ballot initiatives can be used to ensure access to mobility and advance equity in communities across the nation. As we reflect on the recent midterm elections, these initiatives will be more important...

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  • November 23, 2014 | Falling Apart: America’s Neglected Infrastructure

    Falling Apart: America’s Neglected Infrastructure

    Our roads and bridges are crumbling, our airports are out of date and the vast majority of our seaports are in danger of becoming obsolete. All the result of decades of neglect. None of this is really in dispute.  There is still no consensus on how to solve the problem or where to get the...

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  • November 21, 2014 | Puget Sound Transit to offer low-income fare on Link light rail services

    Puget Sound Transit to offer low-income fare on Link light rail services

    The Sound Transit Board Thursday approved a new reduced fare for low income riders on Sound Transit's Link light rail services in Seattle. The new low-income fare category aligns with a new low-income fare on King County Metro bus routes.

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  • November 17, 2014 | Using Equitable Transportation Investments to Support Healthy and Prosperous Communities

    Using Equitable Transportation Investments to Support Healthy and Prosperous Communities

    In Fall 2014, the Transportation Equity Caucus hosted a national tele-conference to explore new local and regional efforts to incorporate health equity in the transportation planning process.  Here’s what we learned from our conversation with health equity advocates leading this work.

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  • November 17, 2014 | Do bike lanes gentrify neighborhoods?

    Do bike lanes gentrify neighborhoods?

    Though cycling advocates are quick to point to the benefits of alternative transit for low-income populations, cities are slow to engage communities about biking (and for that matter, often don’t work to break down some of the cultural and economic barriers that stand in the way).What should...

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  • November 16, 2014 | From Anacostia to Tysons: Many ride Silver Line long and far to jobs in Virginia

    From Anacostia to Tysons: Many ride Silver Line long and far to jobs in Virginia

     A surprisingly large number of long-distance commuters are using the Silver Line to get to Tysons, as well as to the Silver Line station at Wiehle Avenue in Reston, according to an analysis of Metro ridership data by Ben Ross, president of Action Committee for Transit.

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  • November 16, 2014 | Denver’s Affordable Housing Plan Prioritizes Access to Transportation and Jobs

    Denver’s Affordable Housing Plan Prioritizes Access to Transportation and Jobs

    The plan emphasizes proximity to transit and green building standards that promote energy efficiency and water conservation, which provides people of all ages and incomes with improved access to transportation and housing choices. Reducing transportation costs mitigates impacts of automobile...

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  • November 14, 2014 | New York City Launches New Vision Zero Map Tracking Traffic Deaths

    New York City Launches New Vision Zero Map Tracking Traffic Deaths

    Mayor de Blasio's administration has pledged to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries involving cars, bikes and pedestrians throughout the city via Vision Zero, a plan that seeks to eliminate all traffic deaths by 2024. Today, the city unveiled its latest Vision Zero initiative: the Vision Zero...

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  • November 12, 2014 | VCU awarde grant for Building Sustainable Transportation to Access to Fresh Produce

    VCU awarded grant for Building Sustainable Transportation to Access to Fresh Produce

    The team received $25,000 for its project “Green Ride RVA.” The project builds upon the Tricycle Gardens’ Healthy Corner Store Initiative, started by VCU’s winning team in last year’s Ford C3 Challenge. “Green Ride RVA” will expand a sustainable transportation solution to increase community...

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  • November 12, 2014 | Climate change, climate justice

    Climate change, climate justice

    Measures to reduce emissions, such as carbon taxes, must include methods for low-income people to receive tax deductions so that they are not disproportionately affected by it. Clean public transport must be built for all peoples — not just people living near Boston’s Red Line but also people...

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  • October 31, 2014 | Using Bus Rapid Transit to Chart a New Course for Equity and Opportunity

    Using Bus Rapid Transit to Chart a New Course for Equity and Opportunity

    The prospect of a more robust and equitable transportation network may be on the horizon in Richmond, Virginia, where local leaders are making plans to invest in the first bus rapid transit service for the region. By leading with equity, Richmond’s bus rapid transit (BRT) can go a long way...

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  • October 31, 2014 | How Metro-Funding Prop 1 Moves Us Toward the Bus System We Deserve

    How Metro-Funding Prop 1 Moves Us Toward the Bus System We Deserve

    This measure not only expands transit, but it puts equity front and center, funding access to transit for low-income riders: Metro is introducing a low-income fare next spring, and Transportation Proposition 1 incorporates a low-income tax rebate to help working people. That means more access...

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  • October 31, 2014 | Occupy Activist Earns a Seat on the Memphis Transit Board

    Occupy Activist Earns a Seat on the Memphis Transit Board

    The Memphis Bus Riders Union isn’t really a union. It’s not a group of employees; it doesn’t engage in collective bargaining; there aren’t any dues. But the group of grassroots volunteers has nonetheless begun to influence transit policy in a very real way.

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  • October 31, 2014 | RTA expects to make changes to paratransit service next year, including possible fare increase

    RTA expects to make changes to paratransit service next year, including possible fare increase

     

    The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority plans to make changes next year to its special transportation services for disabled riders that could include a fare increase and additional restrictions on eligibility. He said he hopes to present proposals to the RTA board and to hold public...

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  • October 30, 2014 | Beloit City Keeps Bus Rides Affordable

    Beloit City Keeps Bus Rides Affordable

    The transit system in Beloit won’t increase fares next year as originally planned. Bus fare will remain the same in order to keep services as affordable as possible because those that are using public transit are the ones that can least afford the increase.

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  • October 30, 2014 | Confirmed: Sprawl and Bad Transit Increase Unemployment

    Confirmed: Sprawl and Bad Transit Increase Unemployment

    Since the 1960s and the earliest days of job sprawl, the theory of “spatial mismatch” — that low-income communities experience higher unemployment because they are isolated from employment centers – has shaped the way people think about urban form and social equity.

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  • October 29, 2014 | Why don’t the poor use bike share systems?

    Why don’t the poor use bike share systems?

    Bicycle sharing systems have been spreading like wildfire over the past few years, with new initiatives in New York and Chicago bringing the idea to America's biggest cities. But even the oldest such systems aren't very old, so we're still learning a lot about how they work. One striking finding...

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  • October 29, 2014 | Milwaukee expands bus service and access to seniors and people with disabilities

    Milwaukee expands bus service and access to seniors and people with disabilities

    Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic is applauding committee passage of a proposal that will allow seniors and persons with disabilities to ride Milwaukee County Transit System buses for free starting April 1st. The budget amendment also extends transit service to growing job...

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  • October 26, 2014 | Pols, Advocates Call on MTA to Bring Bus Rapid Transit to Borough

    Local Leaders and Advocates Call on MTA to Bring Bus Rapid Transit to Queens

    With the push for a permanent Rockaway ferry still dominating the south Queens transportation conversation, elected officials and transit advocacy groups this week rallied on the steps of City Hall, calling on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to bring high-quality bus rapid transit to a...

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  • October 24, 2014 | D.C. Bikeshare workers looking to unionize— and build a nationwide Bikeshare powerhouse

    D.C. Bikeshare workers looking to unionize

    But it also represents a rare kind of growth opportunity for TWU: An entirely new job category that can be organized from the get-go. And for a nascent form of urban transportation trying to gain traction with citizens and local governments alike, it doesn’t hurt to have a powerful union on your...

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  • October 22, 2014 | Polk Sales Tax Referendum: Forum Looks at Benefits of Transit Funds

    Polk Sales Tax Referendum: Forum Looks at Benefits of Transit Funds

    Improving funding for transit and roads in Polk County is key to dealing with a changing workforce and an aging population, and action needs to be taken now instead of waiting, panelists told a crowd gathered for a forum Wednesday.

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  • October 21, 2014 | NYC Bike-on-Sidewalk Tickets Most Common in Black and Latino Communities

    NYC Bike-on-Sidewalk Tickets Most Common in Black and Latino Communities

    Reducing sidewalk biking by building the streets people actually want, with physical separation between bikes, cars, and sidewalks, obviously won’t fix institutional racism. But it’s maddening when missing infrastructure contributes to the machinery of inequality. That’s what’s happening here,...

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  • October 21, 2014 | The right way to renew a city

    The right way to renew a city

    Three additional stations (Western Ave, Hamline and Victoria) were added to Minneapolis's Green Line to ensure the train did not just whisk people between the two downtowns. The stations added a total of $15 million to the construction costs and slowed the travel time between the two cities by a...

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  • October 21, 2014 | Met Council board not big transit riders, survey finds

    Met Council board not big transit riders, survey finds

    Members get free passes for mass transit, but few use perk, survey indicates. Staff are more frequent bus, train riders. Most members of the Metropolitan Council rarely use the public transportation system they are in charge of overseeing, based on transit pass usage and a Star Tribune survey of...

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