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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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  • May 06, 2018 | HeraldNet

    Sound Transit 'Equity' Not Serving Greatest Needs

    We have heard repeatedly from our constituents who live in the Sound Transit district that they care about three things: having more mass transit options that get them out of their cars; minimizing taxes; and completing the light rail spine (including Everett) as quickly as possible. The passage...

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  • April 20, 2018 | The Hoya

    Uber Set to Expand in District

    Uber is seeking to expand beyond the ride-sharing industry in Washington, D.C., to provide a larger transportation network for District residents. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a panel discussion on the future of mobility with D.C. Mayor Muriel Bower on April 11. Both emphasized the need to...
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  • April 20, 2018 | Tennessean

    In Nashville Mayor's Race, David Briley Is All Alone WIth Transit Push

    Nashville Mayor David Briley, one month into his job, has invited a reporter to tag along for the nearly two-mile hike from his home to his office inside the Metro courthouse. His morning stroll isn't a daily routine, but rather an occasional exercise, and there's another purpose. Briley is...
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  • April 20, 2018 | Crosscut

    Come to Seattle - Just Don't Bring Your Car With You

    Recent weeks have been genuinely dizzying in terms of transportation policymaking about the future of how we get around Seattle. Mayor Jenny Durkan halted ongoing construction of the Center City Connector which would stitch two separate streetcar lines together with dedicated lanes. Her...

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  • April 14, 2018 | Why New York City Stopped Building Subways

    Why New York City Stopped Building Subways

    In the first decades of the 20th century, New York City experienced an unprecedented infrastructure boom. Iconic bridges, opulent railway terminals, and much of what was then the world's largest underground and rapid transit network were constructed in just 20 years. Then it stopped. Since...
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  • April 13, 2018 | NRDC

    L.A. Is Flipping the Script on Commuting

    If done right, shared modes of transportation can help underserved Angelenos and the environment. Los Angeles is primed to reinvent transportation—and this time there’s an opportunity to make things better for the local community and environment.

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  • April 12, 2018 | CityLab

    A Single Way Forward on Two of New York's Biggest Problems

    Consider “transit growth zones” to address both decaying infrastructure and affordable housing. As anyone who has visited New York in recent years can discern, the city is in the midst of an acute transit crisis, which has been greatly exacerbated by the feckless leadership of the notoriously...

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  • April 10, 2018 | U.S. News and World Report

    Fighting for Breath in Near-Highway Neighborhoods

    Somerville, MA is working to reduce pollution exposure in communities where its threats loom large. In the neighborhoods straddling Interstate 93 in Somerville, residents know to keep their windows shut each weekday as commuters travel from Boston's suburbs into the city, their cars spouting...

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  • April 08, 2018 | Pamplin Media Group

    Weak Transit Hurting Working Class, Metro Leaders Say

    Decision makers say we must link housing, transportation to better accommodate growing population, reduce costs. More than half a million new residents are expected to move into the Portland area by the year 2040. This growth has already sent shockwaves through the region with rising housing...

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  • April 02, 2018 | NextCity

    Atlanta Gets an Ambitious New Transit Plan

    A bill that could expand transit and unify the county-by-county patchwork that makes up Atlanta’s transportation grid has passed the General Assembly. HB 930, the so-called “transit expansion bill,” now awaits a signature from Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, who has endorsed the measure.

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  • March 22, 2018 | Wired

    Cities Need to Take the Wheel

    Instead of blindly welcoming self-driving cars to their streets, city leaders have a chance to prevent tragedies like the Uber fatality from happening again. Never waste a good crisis. The awful news is that one of Uber’s self-driving cars hit and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona. If...

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  • March 21, 2018 | The Drive

    Elaine Herzberg's Death Isn't Uber's Tragedy. It's Ours.

    No one knows when self-driving cars will work. Until then, people are the solution. There are two kinds of tragedies: those from which nothing is learned, and those that lead to change. Now that a pedestrian has been killed by a self-driving car, let’s dispense with the fiction that safety is a...

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  • March 21, 2018 | University of Michigan News

    How Transportation Could Help Alleviate Poverty in Benton Harbor

    Today, 50 percent of city residents [of Benton Harbor] live below the poverty level, 24 percent are unemployed and access to a personal vehicle is no sure thing. Many rely on public transportation—the area's low-cost Dial-a-Ride service—since the majority of jobs are located outside Benton...

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  • March 20, 2018 | San Francisco Examiner

    N-Judah Commuters to See Service Increase

    San Francisco’s transit authority voted this week to make major changes to the N-Judah line, reducing the wait time between each rail car by three minutes in an effort to ease commuter crowding. Riders will see the frequency of the N-Judah increase from every seven minutes to every four minutes...

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  • March 07, 2018 | Westword

    RTD Is Not Increasing Fares for Low-Income Passes. At Least Not Yet.

    After the Denver Post and other outlets reported last week that the Regional Transportation District is going to raise local, regional, and airport fares to make up for new discount programs that support low-income and youth riders, RTD has been on the offensive to clear up what it says is a...
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  • March 02, 2018 | StreetsBlog LA

    Metro Approves Equity Platform

    Yesterday, the Metro board approved committing the agency to advancing equity. The Metro Equity Platform Framework was approved by the board's Executive Management Committee in February, then approved by the full board yesterday. Though the term "equity" is likely understood by many Streetsblog...
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  • March 02, 2018 | CityLab

    Patients Can Now Ride-Hail to the Hospital

    Uber's newest project allows doctors to call rides for their patients. For riders who don't use mobile phones, there's an analog version: Healthcare administrators can provide paper print-outs with passenger pick-up locations, driver license plate numbers, and car models. The rides can be...
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  • February 27, 2018 | StreetsBlog Denver

    The Overhaul of RTD's Fare Pass Programs Explained

    For the past year, a group of decision-makers in the transportation arena has been trying to increase access and ridership on the RTD transit system without digging any deeper into the underfunded agency's pockets. The vehicle? An overhaul of RTD's confusing and unfair fare pass programs....
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  • February 22, 2018 | StreetsBlog USA

    The Case for Decriminalizing Fare Evasion

    Nobody gets thrown in jail for not paying a highway toll or a parking meter. But for some reason people who break transit fare rules are subject to criminal penalties. In Washington, DC, jumping a turnstile is punishable by a fine of up to $300 and up to 10 days in jail. The Save Our System...
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  • February 22, 2018 | Momentum Mag

    More Bikes Mean New Bike Businesses

    While bike share is one of the most affordable transportation options in the city, the cost of a bike share membership can still be out of reach for many people. This means many low-income residents will continue to use public transit which has a low initial cost unlike a bike share membership...

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  • February 22, 2018 | Huntington News

    City Planner Urges Transit Equity through Community Engagement

    Northeastern University Archives led a discussion on transportation equity in Boston Feb. 13 and screened a documentary about the formation of the Silver Line, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s transit line that connects both Roxbury and the South End to downtown, the Seaport...

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  • February 15, 2018 | AP News

    Kept Out: How Banks Block People of Color from Homeownership

    Fifty years after the federal Fair Housing Act banned racial discrimination in lending, African Americans and Latinos continue to be routinely denied conventional mortgage loans at rates far higher than their white counterparts.This modern-day redlining persisted in 61 metro areas even when...

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  • February 14, 2018 | Huffington Post

    Can There Be Equity in the Bike Lane?

    Some cities are trying to make bike sharing more accessible — and to combat its elite image. They’re calling it bike equity. Bike sharing may be the ultimate symbol of gentrification, the province of avocado-toast loving, espresso-swilling — and mostly white — millennials. But some cities are...

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  • February 09, 2018 | CityLab

    Miami's Beleaguered Metrorail Gets a Real-Time Report Card

    Over the past week, more than 1,500 trains were scheduled to pass through downtown Miami’s Government Center Metrorail station. As of Thursday afternoon, just 383 arrived on time. The vast majority—927, to be exact—arrived late or bunched too closely to a previous train. And the remaining 208...

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  • February 06, 2018 | NJ.com

    Activists Call for More Electric Public Transportation

    Renewable energy advocates in Jersey City, NJ rallied in City Hall to call for the electrification of New Jersey's public transportation system. The event, organized by Jersey Renews along with the Amalgamated Transit Union, came the day after "transit equity day," an effort by the labor...

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  • February 05, 2018 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    In Honor of Rosa Parks: An Appeal for Transit Equity

    Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. helped Americans to understand that civil rights included not only the right to vote and to ride in any seat on a bus, but the right to a decent home, the right to a good job, the right to join a union and other rights necessary for equal access to a good life. He...

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  • February 02, 2018 | StreetsBlog Denver

    Denver Loses an Advocate as Transit Alliance Closes Its Doors

    Transit Alliance is shutting down after 19 years advocating for better transit in Denver and the metro region. The organization was founded after a failed transit referendum in 1997, with the express intent of getting the $4.7 billion FasTracks transit funding measure over the finish line....

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  • February 02, 2018 | Inside Sources

    A New Way to Remember Rosa Parks

    Transit equity isn’t just about where you sit on the bus. It’s about whether you can get on a bus at all. The layout of rapid-transit systems determines the accessibility of jobs. Poorer people need access to those jobs so they could begin to move into the mainstream of American life — which...

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  • January 31, 2018 | New York Times

    For Health Care Workers, the Worst Commutes in New York City

    By now, the many ways New York City’s failing subway system has upended countless lives has been well documented. But a new report finds that no group has been hurt more than the city’s army of health care workers who fan out across the city every day to take care of older people, the frail and...

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  • January 29, 2018 | New York Times

    The Subway Is Next Door. Should New Yorkers Pay Extra for That?

    The notion that property owners should pay extra for their proximity to the subway is called “value capture” and has long been debated in urban planning circles. Now Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat, has made value capture a prominent part of his plan to salvage the subway system by proposing to...

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  • January 26, 2018 | Washington Post

    Traveling While Black

    Some Americans are afraid to explore their own country out of concerns that evoke the Jim Crow-era Green Book. Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 ended many discriminatory practices allowed under Jim Crow laws, similar risks and concerns have lingered. Motorists still fear encountering racist...

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