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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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  • May 16, 2017 | CityLab

    The Streetcar Boondoggle Continues, This Time in Detroit

    Detroit’s mass transit system—an insufficient network of buses and the People Mover, a mostly useless closed-loop monorail in the central business district—can be considered paltry at best. With the christening of a 3.3-mile streetcar confined to the city’s rapidly developing core, Detroit did...

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  • May 15, 2017 | KCET

    Rethinking Streets in Los Angeles to be More People Centric

    South Robertson, like most of Los Angeles, was designed for cars. Much of the corridor is not welcoming to pedestrians or bicyclists, and this has major implications for the social and economic health of the area. The boulevard is a heavily trafficked thoroughfare to the I-10 freeway, making it...

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  • May 15, 2017 | Insight Center for Community Economic Development

    Driving Into Debt: The Need for Traffic Ticket Fee Reform

    This is a detailed report highlighting the flaws and inequities of California’s current traffic fine and fee system and offering specific recommendations for reforms that would promote sustainable system funding and the fair administration of justice for all Californians. The report describes a...

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  • May 09, 2017 | FutureStructure

    How Tech-Enhanced Infrastructure Will Promote Equity in Transportation

    Some former Department of Transportation officials have been advocating for the prioritization of considering transportation’s impact on equity and potential displacement, especially as communities have historically gotten divided into neighborhoods of haves and have-nots. Infrastructure...

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  • May 09, 2017 | Santa Fe Reporter

    Cutting Carbon Without Costing People

    Santa Fe’s work to advance its goal of easing impacts on the climate could dramatically reshape its infrastructure for decades to come, with ramifications that either increase equity or widen that gap. Transportation has been identified as the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the...

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  • May 05, 2017 | StreetsBlog USA

    Can Memphis Turn Around Its Struggling Bus System?

    The current level of transit service in Memphis is bleak. A group of public defenders took part in Bus Rider’s Day as “an exercise in empathy and, as it turned out, endurance” to understand the transportation challenges facing their clients. They spent the day waiting for buses that never came,...

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  • May 03, 2017 | Capital Gazette

    Biking Benefits the Whole Community

    May is National Bike Month and there are lots of local events, including the Ride of Silence on May 17 and Bike to Work on May 19. With the nicer weather, there are increasing numbers of riders out on our trails and roads. Some ride for recreation while others bike for transportation as a...

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  • May 02, 2017 | StreetsBlog USA

    Columbus Just Launched a Completely Redesigned Bus Network

    This week, Columbus, Ohio, became the latest city to flip the switch on a redesigned bus network, changing a decades-old route map in a bid to jump-start flagging ridership. The updated routes bring huge numbers of people and jobs within closer reach of frequent transit service. In a matter of...

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  • May 02, 2017 | StreetsBlog USA

    House and Senate Decline Trump's Request to Gut Transit Funding, For Now

    Congress came out with a funding package this week that keeps the government operating until the end of September. Officially, it’s known as the omnibus appropriations package for fiscal year 2017. Unofficially, it’s a Republican Congress ignoring the wishes of President Donald J. Trump, and for...

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  • May 01, 2017 | StreetsBlog NYC

    Addressing Racism and Police Brutality in Traffic Enforcement

    Police brutality and racial inequities in criminal justice must be addressed by advocates and agencies aiming to reduce traffic fatalities. That’s the key takeaway from a Vision Zero Cities panel this week on police violence and traffic enforcement. Ultimately, for Vision Zero to succeed,...

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  • April 27, 2017 | CityLab

    The Human Cost of Losing Amtrak

    The Amtrak station in Mobile, Alabama closed in 2005, after Hurricane Katrina flooded it. The storm wiped out passenger rail service across the Gulf Coast region, closing stations between Florida and Louisiana. The loss of the Gulf Coast service left Mobile residents who don’t drive with fewer...

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  • April 26, 2017 | StreetsBlog USA

    A Simple Change to Make the Walk to Transit Feel Within Reach

    Sometimes, high-quality transit is within a walkable distance, but people just aren’t used to walking to the train. New signage in St. Paul, Minnesota, funded through a local challenge from a national foundation, aims to help people get over that mental block and walking to the nearest Green...

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  • April 21, 2017 | NextCity

    Map Shows How Connected DC Metro Really Is

    Transportation equity (and the lack thereof) is an ongoing problem for cities from Atlanta to Seattle. Now, thanks to some nifty work by The Washington Post, people in the Washington, D.C., area can quickly see what inequity looks like — in shades of purple, teal and pink. Using Mapzen Mobility...

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  • April 20, 2017 | Mapleton Press

    Funding Student Transportation Costs to School

    Rural schools cover a much larger geographic area than urban or suburban districts. Consequently, those districts have much higher costs per pupil to transport those students between school and home. All those dollars spent on transportation are then unavailable to spend in the classroom,...

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  • April 13, 2017 | North Denver Tribune

    At the Crossroads of Colorado's Highway Transportation

    Elected leaders in Colorado urge widening I-70 which would hurt low-income North Denver ethnic minority communities by creating catastrophic flooding potential near a highly toxic site, resulting in toxins affecting drinking water sources. This practice of routing freeways through the heart of...

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  • April 13, 2017 | Press of Atlantic City

    South Jersey Experts Discuss Improving Health Equity Among Residents

    State and local departments, agencies, organizations, and coalitions gathered for the Cumberland County Health Equity Forum to talk about how to improve access and eliminate disparities among residents, especially minorities. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s annual County Health Rankings...

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  • April 13, 2017 | Nonprofit Quarterly

    Five Elements of a Thriving Justice Ecosystem: Pursuing Deep Equity

    For the Alameda County Public Health Department, thinking in terms of race equity meant changing the way it did business. By examining how equity issues interacted with the root causes of health problems, the department began to incorporate a more systemic understanding of race and equity into...

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  • April 12, 2017 | StreetsBlog San Francisco

    Jeff Tumlin Exit Interview: Oakland's Interim DOT Director Reflects

    Nine months isn’t a long time to create a Department of Transportation (DOT) for the City of Oakland. But that’s exactly what Jeffrey Tumlin, Principal and Director of Strategy at Nelson/Nygaard Consulting, was tasked with last July. Next week, his service as director of the department he has...

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  • April 06, 2017 | Mass Transit

    Robert Puentes to Give Keynote at UITP Summit

    U.S. transit visionary Robert Puentes has been confirmed as keynote speaker for the opening ceremony at the upcoming UITP Global Public Transport Summit (May 15-17, 2017) in Montréal. Robert Puentes is president and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation and is responsible for overseeing a...

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  • April 06, 2017 | Gotham Gazette

    DeBlasio's 'Piecemeal' Transportation Agenda

    Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a recent press conference that he is pleased with what his administration has done to improve transit options for New Yorkers, but admitted that he hasn’t put forth a coherent, comprehensive transportation agenda. Though transit experts have praised some of de...

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  • April 04, 2017 | Hoodline

    Western Addition Community-Based Transportation Plan Moves Forward

    Since 2015, SFMTA and members of the Western Addition community have been working together to create the Western Addition Community-Based Transportation Plan and address pedestrian safety and improve transit. From an equity perspective, the Western Addition has not historically been a...

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  • March 24, 2017 | Alaska Dispatch News

    Come Join Talks About Transportation in Southcentral

    Transportation options affect every Anchorage and Mat-Su Borough resident nearly every day. Everyone has to get to somewhere, and it affects everyone’s daily life, either making it easier or harder to get from place to place. And as a “winter city” and region with a substantial moose population...

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  • March 23, 2017 | StreetsBlog USA

    Portland Advocates Won't Settle for Business-as-Usual Highway Spending

    Advocates in Portland are challenging the region’s business-as-usual approach to transportation planning. They’re sick of roads getting most of the funding pie, while transit gets a small slice and biking and walking get crumbs. The region’s big players — including the state DOT and Portland’s...

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  • March 23, 2017 | StreetsBlog USA

    Portland Advocates Won't Settle for Business-as-Usual Highway Spending

    Advocates in Portland are challenging the region’s business-as-usual approach to transportation planning. They’re sick of roads getting most of the funding pie, while transit gets a small slice and biking and walking get crumbs. The region’s big players — including the state DOT and Portland’s...

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  • March 22, 2017 | StreetsBlog USA

    Transit Advocates Launch Call to Action Against Disastrous Trump Budget

    The Trump budget outline released last week could spell disaster for transit. Atlanta is wondering whether long-overdue projects to fortify the city’s anemic transit system will have to be downsized. In Seattle, federal cuts would jeopardize several projects voters thought they were getting when...

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  • March 22, 2017 | UCLA

    Access to Parks, Open Spaces in Your Community Can Be a Health Factor

    What are the societal factors that influence health? When Dr. Richard Jackson asks this question, rarely does he hear what he is looking for: the physical environment of one’s neighborhood. “If it’s not easy to walk to places, you’re surrounded by unhealthy food choices, and you spend hours each...

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