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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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  • January 24, 2018 | StreetsBlog USA

    The Racist Dog Whistles in Complaints About Dockless Bike-Share

    The arrival of dockless bike-share is changing the cycling landscape in some American cities. With the rapid expansion of these systems have come the inevitable complaints. Some are at least understandable – sloppily parked bikes can obstruct sidewalks. But a lot of the animosity toward dockless...

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  • January 21, 2018 | CityLab

    Should Transit Agencies Panic?

    Private firms are muscling-in on the elite end of the business. Uber and Lyft may be responsible for about a 6 percent shift in ridership away from transit. But they are also unprofitable, which means they may be unsustainable, even while charging fares that most citizens could not afford for...

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  • January 19, 2018 | CityLab

    Could Congestion Pricing Finally Work for New York City?

    A fee-based plan may be the only hope for the city’s costly transportation crisis. Currently, there is still no precedent for a true congestion pricing scheme in the United States. That could soon change, if a much-anticipated report by Fix NYC, a traffic advisory panel appointed by New York...

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  • January 19, 2018 | CityLab

    Is Driver's Ed Only for Rich Kids Now?

    As states have stopped funding driver’s education, participation has declined – and it’s lower-income teens and teens of color who are missing out. Whereas taking driver’s education was a given in the late 1980s in Michigan since young drivers were trained through the public school system for...

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  • January 17, 2018 | Sightline Institute

    Your Car of the Future Is No Car At All

    Aside from the immense potential for good that Transportation as a Service (TaaS) can offer, there are various pitfalls, disruptions, and downsides to take into account. Amongst the negative impacts that could result from shifting from personally owned vehicles to self-driving electric car...

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  • January 12, 2018 | Next City

    Seattle's DOT is Rethinking Transportation Equity

    In one of its first actions of 2018, the Seattle City Council unanimously adopted a resolution affirming its commitment to racial equity and social justice in transportation planning. The resolution states that the Department of Transportation (SDOT) will provide “accessible and affordable...

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  • January 11, 2018 | Business Insider

    Ford GoBike Bike Share System Passes Growth Milestones

    The number of Bay Area residents who have signed up for Ford GoBike’s discounted memberships has nearly tripled since September 2017, thanks to vigorous efforts to inform low-income communities about the Bike Share for All discount program. Almost 1,500 residents are enrolled via the $5...

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  • December 18, 2017 | Next-Gen Transportation News

    CARB Approves Major Clean Transportation Funding Plan

    The California Air Resources Board has approved a $663 million low-carbon transportation plan to increase the use of clean cars, heavy-duty trucks, buses and freight equipment. According to CARB, the funding will help the state cut climate-changing gases while promoting technologies that reduce...

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  • December 14, 2017 | Johns Creek Patch

    Bus Rapid Transit Among Fulton Transportation Options

    After six months of extensive analysis, robust public engagement and comprehensive study, a series of Fulton County transit expansion scenarios were presented for review and discussion at a recent meeting of Fulton County commissioners and mayors. The options, which were developed as part of the...
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  • December 11, 2017 | NextCity

    California Cities to Launch Biggest Electric Bike-Share System in U.S.

    Davis, California has long held a special place among U.S. bicycle cities. In 1967, it was the first to paint official bike lanes. It has since built bike infrastructure on 76 percent of its streets, which has helped boost the city's bike commuter mode share to a nation-leading 20 percent....
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  • December 11, 2017 | StreetsBlog USA

    After Harvey, Houston Leaders Look to Rebuild Around Transit

    It's been about three months since the deluge of Hurricane Harvey inflicted an estimated $200 billion in damage on the Houston region. The recovery is just beginning. Billions in federal support will be flowing into the city. Texas Governor Greg Abbott recently requested $61 billion in relief in...
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  • December 06, 2017 | Capital Gazette

    Transportation Should Be About Choice

    How do you travel from home to work? Or to school, shopping or recreation? Do you feel you have choices? Many believe a car is the only option. But for others a car is not affordable. So what are your alternatives? Do you drive, walk or bike? Do you take a train or a bus? Do you use Uber? What...
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  • December 04, 2017 | State Smart Transportation Initiative

    Multimodal Transportation and Income Equity Fit Hand-in-Glove

    One recent study finds that cities offering diverse transportation options have the lowest income inequality, while another study finds that transit systems may begin to struggle as lower income families are pushed away from the city center. These works demonstrate that preserving access to...
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  • November 30, 2017 | FutureStructure

    As Transportation Transforms, Cities Explore Equitable Mobility

    As cities across the U.S. struggle with falling transit ridership, the National League of Cities is urging them to seize the moment by serving more riders, like the poor and "unbanked." Many cities are already thinking about how technology can be used to marry traditional and newer forms of...
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  • November 24, 2017 | Lowell Sun

    Rebates Could Fuel Electric Car Push in Massachusetts

    Since 1990, Massachusetts' greenhouse gas emissions have decreased in each major sector except one: transportation, the sector producing the most emissions. To help reduce these emissions, MA has set a goal to have 300,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2025. But the high upfront costs of...

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  • November 21, 2017 | Smart Cities DIVE

    Report: Cities Must Focus on Equity When Innovating

    A new research report from the National League of Cities urges cities to carefully examine equity among all residents as they modernize and add technological advances. The Future of Equity in Cities cautions that widening gaps between the rich and the poor, and among races, is creating a growing...

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  • November 15, 2017 | American Prospect

    Revving Up Rural Public Transit

    Small communities create unique transportation programs that reduce reliance on cars and improve residents’ local connections. Despite widespread interest in improving public transit in both rural and urban areas, most federal, state, and local officials continue to direct transportation dollars...

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  • November 15, 2017 | StreetsBlog Chicago

    Advocates of Color Discuss How to Reclaim Streets for All

    With a focus on centering “Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and others from marginalized groups,” Untokening California, a multiracial convening in Los Angeles focused on mobility justice, sought to create a space for people to think about what it means to reclaim streets in terms of culture,...

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  • November 08, 2017 | CityLab

    Can We Just Call This a Bus?

    What’s in a name? When that word is “bus,” a lot of strongly negative reactions. Studies in cities over the world show that riders overwhelmingly prefer trains—whether subways, streetcars, or light-rail systems—to buses. In U.S. cities, buses tend to be the only transportation mode available to...

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  • November 07, 2017 | Athens Banner-Herald

    Athens Voters Give TSPLOST a Green Light

    Athens voters on Tuesday embraced a referendum to create a special sales tax to fund area transportation projects. More than 13,300 voters cast a ballot on the referendum with 9,485 signing up to go on the TSPLOST ride and 3,482 telling the referendum to hit the road. The transportation special...

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  • November 01, 2017 | CityLab

    Who Wins When a City Gets Smart?

    In June 2016, the city scored a $50 million jackpot promising to transform Columbus’ mobility landscape, beating 77 other cities for the Smart City Challenge. Funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation and Vulcan Inc., the competition called on leaders of mid-sized metros to use new...

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  • October 30, 2017 | Star Tribune

    Low-Wage Jobs are Moving to Distant Suburbs. How Will Workers Get There?

    As low-wage jobs shift out of the cities, some employers use the rides as a way to attract workers from urban areas. For Minnesota companies facing an unemployment rate as low as it has been in 16 years, finding workers has rarely been so difficult. At the same time, an increasing number of...

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  • October 30, 2017 | Madison Commons

    The Bus Stops Here: Reporting on Public Transit

    Though public transit is an integral part of Madison, it is usually ignored, taken for granted, or under-reported. The only times it may appear in mainstream media are when fares rise, an accident occurs, or service gets cut, such as the recent fate of the “above and beyond” paratransit service...

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  • October 25, 2017 | Metro News

    Metro Departments Get Community Feedback on Equity Action Plans

    [Oregon] Metro held another outreach meeting with more than a dozen members of cultural leadership groups Saturday, part of its ongoing efforts to listen to the community about how best to advance diversity, racial equity and inclusion across the region. The agency-wide strategic plan that was...

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  • October 24, 2017 | Physics Forum

    Study Points to Inefficiencies in Dallas Mass Transit

    Lack of access to good-paying jobs is one of the primary products of a largely inefficient Dallas transit system, according to a city of Dallas-commissioned study conducted by Shima Hamidi, director of The University of Texas at Arlington's Institute of Urban Studies, and her research team. The...

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  • October 22, 2017 | Michigan Daily

    T3 Conference Explores Future of Transportation

    Though many might think the future of mobility lies in flying cars and jetpacks, experts say the future entails dependence on equity of mobility companies and policy framework needed for a revolution. At least, that's what professionals in transportation, economics, energy and the environment...

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  • October 20, 2017 | StreetsBlog USA

    Is Nashville Finally Ready to Invest in Transit?

    Growing, congested Nashville is charting a different course for its transportation system. Last week, Mayor Megan Barry unveiled a $5.2 billion transit plan, dubbed “Let’s Move Nashville,” to improve access to reliable transit and reduce car-dependence. The plan calls for 26 miles of rapid...

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  • October 13, 2017 | CityLab

    Why the Fight for Better Transit is Part of the Fight for Racial Equity

    Imagine not being able to move about your own city to access work, school, food or health services. Lack of public transit maintains inequality. Creating the infrastructure for accessible and reliable public transit is easier when there are actually people utilizing transit and supporting it...

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  • October 12, 2017 | The Californian

    South County Poorly Represented on Bike and Pedestrian Committee

    In South County, California, sidewalks and bicycle lanes are needed more in Greenfield or Soledad than in Monterey or Carmel. In South County, man residential streets have no sidewalks at all. In the interest of equity, the county transportation funding should provide money for sidewalks and...

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  • October 10, 2017 | CityLab

    How Transit Use Could Rise in Rural America

    For rural Americans who don’t have access to cars, basics like grocery shopping and doctor’s appointments can turn into an arduous struggle. With few transit options at low densities, the expense and hassle of finding an alternative ride can mean important appointments simply get skipped. That’s...

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  • October 09, 2017 | StreetsBlog Cal

    Highlights from the CalBike Summit

    The biannual California Bicycle Summit just wrapped up in Sacramento. Several hundred people gathered to talk changing the world through better bike access for all, and many related topics. The summit featured inspiring talks, spirited debate, and detailed policy discussions. An overall theme...

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  • September 20, 2017 | CityLab

    Boston Transportation Advocates Aren't So Sure About Their Mayor

    Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is poised to cruise to a second term this year, but an expected electoral landslide doesn’t mean everyone is happy. Transportation advocates in “America's Walking City” say the past four years have brought big promises, but not much on-the-ground progress for walking,...

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  • September 19, 2017 | Madison Commons

    The Bus Stops Here: Reconstruction Blues

    Bus stop “thinning” (Metro’s term) was proposed in Madison in 2016 and is now again being proposed in the name of “transportation equity.” As if bus riders in older and more densely settled areas of the city deserve to be punished for the awful land use decisions of city officials and planners...

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  • September 18, 2017 | KHON2

    HART Submits Rail Recovery Plan to FTA

    The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) has released its recovery plan for the Honolulu Rail Transit Project. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell urges HART to stick to schedule, noting that now that the necessary legwork to complete the rail project has taken place, it is time to...

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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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