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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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  • 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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