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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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  • March 17, 2017 | Chicago Tribune

    'Biking While Black': Chicago Minority Areas See the Most Bike Tickets

    As Chicago police ramp up their ticketing of bicyclists, more than twice as many citations are being written in African-American communities than in white or Latino areas. The Justice Department issued a report last year calling for reforms in the Chicago Police Department, which among other...

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  • March 16, 2017 | Politico

    The Train Line That Brought the Twin Cities Back Together

    Though it took nearly 30 years to line up political support to build, the Green Line is now the most popular of the Twin Cities’ two light-rail lines, carrying 40,000 people on weekdays, smashing ridership forecasts by almost 50 percent. Transit-dependent low-income and working-class people are...

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  • March 10, 2017 | StreetsBlog Cal

    Fresno’s Active Transportation Plan Is a Go

    The Fresno City Council unanimously approved the citywide Active Transportation Plan, along with a newly created prioritization tool. It was a win for social justice advocates in the city. The newly created rubric championed by advocates will assign points to projects based on the following...

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  • March 09, 2017 | Curbed Los Angeles

    In defeating Measure S, did LA vote for denser, taller buildings?

    The sound defeat of Measure S by a more than 2-to-1 margin affirms a deeper, stronger, and more sustained behavioral shift that’s already underway in the city—choosing how we get around. “While the rejection of Measure S doesn’t mean our work is done, it does mean that, in conjunction with...

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  • March 08, 2017 | Austin Monitor

    Capital Metro touts partnership that keeps vulnerable residents moving

    A nonprofit effort to expand transportation equity in Austin is celebrating a milestone while also dropping six figures to expand its scope. Last week, the Transit Empowerment Fund announced it has provided its 3,000,000th bus ride via its partnership with the Capital Metropolitan Transportation...

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  • March 07, 2017 | Boston Globe

    Boston to unveil transportation plan for future

    The future of transportation in Boston includes fewer cars on the road, heavy reliance on public transit, and lots of so-called microhubs, one-stop access points where commuters can share a bus, bike, or car. Those initiatives are detailed in a comprehensive plan for the next decade that puts...

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  • March 02, 2017 | Second Wave Media

    Visioning process for Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 almost complete

    Transportation emerged as an area for the city to address: "Imagine Kalamazoo input has told us again and again that sidewalks, lighting, bus routes, and walkability are the most requested changes to our city," says a piece titled Transportation: Equity and Opportunity in the stories portion of...

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  • March 02, 2017 | The Fresno Bee

    Fresno adopts plan to expand and improve sidewalks, trails, bike lanes Richard Scott of Clovis walks the dirt trail on the north bank of the Herndon Canal along Shields Avenue between Fresno and First streets in October 2015. The Fresno City Council ado

    An ambitious plan to improve and expand Fresno’s network of sidewalks, trails and bicycle lanes and paths was unanimously approved by the Fresno City Council. Now the trick is figuring out how to pay for it. The new Active Transportation Plan establishes priorities for improving the safety of...

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  • March 01, 2017 | Radio Iowa

    Bill emerges to fix equity problems in rural, urban school districts

    The Senate Education Committee has given unanimous approval to a bill that would make some adjustments in the way state tax dollars are distributed to public school districts. One part of the bill proposes incremental increases in state support of geographically large districts with huge busing...

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  • February 25, 2017 | The News Tribune

    For Pierce County, robust public transit is a matter of necessity and equity Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/matt-driscoll/article134957899.html#storylink=cpy

    Whether it’s a reliable, affordable car, or a reliable public transit system that can get people where their jobs demand at the time they demand it, a lack of equitable access to transportation is often at the center of a cycle of poverty. The farther people are pushed out of the city, the more...

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  • February 09, 2017 | D Magazine

    Dallas’ Transit Woes Share In Familiar History of Segregation Urbanism

    Atlanta faces a new problem that also echoes the pattern of Dallas growth. Poverty that was once contained in the central city is spreading to the suburbs, which presents is own challenges for planning future transportation. The key to reversing this trend is not merely transportation, but also...

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  • February 09, 2017 | Dorchester Reporter

    Indigo or Bust

    A proposed bill that would direct the MBTA to launch a pilot service evaluation of the Fairmount Line is a promising development. If adopted, this could finally put the Fairmount on a new track, one long envisioned by transit equity advocates who want the commuter rail line converted to a rapid...

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  • February 08, 2017 | StreetsBlog USA

    How Racial Discrimination Shaped Atlanta’s Transportation Mess

    Atlanta is a poster child for sprawl, and its transportation system certainly isn’t what you would call resilient. The transit system fails to connect urban residents to job centers, and ridership is low. When a dusting of snow fell on roadways in 2014, the city was plunged into chaos. Stranded...

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  • January 18, 2017 | AZED News

    Equity Means Providing Schools Resources Based on Students' Needs

    How do you determine equity in education? The focus should be shifted to vertical equity where each school receives resources based on their students’ needs. This includes transportation funding since rural and urban school districts have very different needs. Transportation costs per pupil for...

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  • January 18, 2017 | Equipment World's Better Roads

    Minnesota DOT releases final versions of 20-year capital, multimodal plans

    The Minnesota Department of Transportation has released the final versions of its 20-year policy and revised statewide multimodal plan. The plan calls for broadening the diversity of the transportation industry and providing for a more open and inclusive decision-making process that advances...

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  • January 13, 2017 | StreetsBlog USA

    The Injustice of Subsidizing Jobs People Can Only Reach By Driving

    The more far-flung the jobs in a region, the fewer are accessible via transit, biking, and walking – or even a short, inexpensive car commute. And yet, in many states, economic development policies still contribute to long, burdensome commutes, especially for people who can’t afford cars. The...

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