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  • January 05, 2017 | U.S. Department of Transportation

    Department of Transportation: Secretary Anthony Foxx Exit Memo

    From automated vehicles to connected infrastructure to data analytics, technology is transforming how we move around our country. As the digital era increasingly reaches deeper into transportation, our task is not only to keep pace, but to ensure public safety while establishing a strong...

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  • December 28, 2016 | NAACP Legal Defense Fund

    NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Commends USDOT on Agreement to Restore Driver’s License Issuing Offices in Alabama’s Majority Black Counties

    Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), Alabama’s department of motor vehicles, entered an agreement that fully restores the hours of driver’s license issuing offices in nine predominately African-American counties in the “Black Belt.” In...

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  • December 16, 2016 | The Somerville Times

    Building the Green Line Extension (GLX) we need

    Massachusetts State Representative Denise Provost of Somerville writes about how her constituency is on board with extending the Green Line (GLX) but that Governor Charlie Baker’s administration’s proposal of making the “local communities pay” for all projects in the Commonwealth is not only an...

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  • December 15, 2016 | Queens Tribune

    Concerns Highlighted About Rockaway Rail Line

    In a letter to NYC Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, the Friends of the Queensway cited negative impact on existing rail lines and costs in the billions as to why the MTA should never move ahead with the reactivation of the Rockaway Rail Line.

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  • December 13, 2016 | City Lab

    How to Stop a Highway

    The DOT released a plain-language toolkit to help citizens weigh in on all kinds of projects so they can thwart the bad ones. This “Transportation Toolkit” is a guide to the government’s process for major infrastructure undertakings and how to get involved. 

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  • December 12, 2016 | Next City

    Portland Lays Out Plan to Eliminate Traffic Deaths

    The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has released a Vision Zero Action Plan to get the number of traffic deaths to zero by 2025. It was created with input from a diverse and broad-based task force and advisory committee and addresses racial equity, but other equity-minded safer streets...

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  • December 12, 2016 | Western Mass Politics & Insight

    The Treacherous, Twisting Path to Bettering Bay State Infrastructure…

    With federal action on climate change frozen, at best, for the next four years, activists in the Commonwealth are turning inward for the resources necessary to finance infrastructure improvements while also recognizing that a statewide pitch is needed to secure the funds. At a conference at MIT,...

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  • December 08, 2016 | D Magazine

    UTA Receives $7.7 Million to Study Transportation Equity

    The federal funds (from a $300 million program for transportation research initiatives announced by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx) will found a new research center inside the University of Texas at Arlington’s new College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs. The new Center...

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  • December 08, 2016 | Dorchester Reporter

    Dudley Street activists to press campaign for student bus passes

    Members of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) in Dorchester, MA are ramping up their campaign to secure free MBTA bus passes for thousands of Boston Public School students who now walk to school. These thousands of high school students are ineligible to receive the free M7 bus pass...

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  • December 06, 2016 | The Goose Creek Gazette

    Residents gather to encourage more pedestrian, cyclist-friendly roadways

    Town and county planners in South Carolina are working to improve connectivity for cyclists and walkers in their communities, recognizing that there is a need for more transportation alternatives as there are often limited safe options. Focusing on transportation alternatives helps improve...

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  • December 01, 2016 | StreetsBlog USA

    Talking Headways Podcast: A Bus Full of People Should Go Ahead of a Tesla

    This week’s episode returns to the Shared Use Mobility Summit in Chicago for a great discussion of how the changing technology and information landscape could yield more equitable outcomes. Jackie Grimshaw of the Center for Neighborhood Technology moderated this panel featuring Anita Cozart of...

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  • December 01, 2016 | Office of the Federal Register

    Notice of establishment of Advisory Committee on Transportation Equity:

    The Advisory Committee on Transportation Equity's efforts will include evaluation of the Department's work in using the principles above to achieve Opportunity objectives when carrying out its strategic, research, technological, regulatory, community engagement, and economic policy activities...

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  • December 01, 2016 | U.S. Department of Transportation

    #TranspoStory: Meet Lessie

    Today's #TranspoStory feature comes from Lessie from Prince George's County, Maryland. In the video below, Lessie shares the transportation challenges faced by many passengers she encountered while working on a passenger ferry in Hampton Roads, Virginia.

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  • December 01, 2016 | Daily News

    Share bike share with the Bronx & Staten Island

    Despite record investment in new transportation infrastructure in the Bronx and Staten Island, transit equity continues to elude these two boroughs in one very high-profile way. Combined, the borough residents represent nearly 2 million New Yorkers. Yet, not a single Citi Bike terminal sits...

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  • December 01, 2016 | StreetsBlog Chicago

    Black Leaders Discuss Their Efforts to Promote Equity in Mobility Advocacy

    The federal funds (from a $300 million program for transportation research initiatives announced by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx) will found a new research center inside the University of Texas at Arlington’s new College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs. The new Center...

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  • November 30, 2016 | CityLab

    Why Is This Citizens Brigade Taking Over Atlanta's Bus Stops?

    The November 8 ballot measure in Atlanta which overwhelmingly approved the most dramatic transportation expansion the city has seen in decades represents a somewhat improbable comeback for a transit-challenged region. With zero state subsidies for MARTA’s operations, and suburban residents...

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  • November 29, 2016 | CityLab

    4 Questions About the Incoming Secretary of Transportation

    Equitable access to transportation and economic opportunity has been a major priority of the current transportation secretary, Anthony Foxx, who has often spoken about mending the racial and economic divides created by 20th-century highway building. Trump’s nominee for Secretary of...

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  • November 23, 2016 | Oregon Metro

    Travel options grants fund projects designed to improve air quality and increase mobility via biking, walking, ride sharing, telecommuting and public transit.

    Travel options grants fund projects designed to improve air quality and increase mobility via biking, walking, ride sharing, telecommuting, and public transit. On Nov. 23, 2016, greater Portland Metro’s Regional Travel Options grants program announced 17 awardees receiving $2.5 million to make...

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  • November 22, 2016 | StreetsBlog USA

    Equity Concerns Fall on Deaf Ears at OC Active Transportation Forum

    At the Orange County Active Transportation (OCTA) Forum last month, discussions of equity concerns revealed the extent to which different sectors of the population view equity differently. When OCTA’s CEO Darrell Johnson was asked about an equity checklist, he claimed that it is not OCTA’s...

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  • November 03, 2016 | Next City

    Putting Community at the Center of Mobility Equity

    In recent years, equity, diversity and inclusion have become more common topics in biking and walking advocacy and planning spaces. The most promising direction has come from advocates of color and those representing other marginalized groups, who live at the intersection of existing community...

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  • November 01, 2016 | Next City

    Philly Breaks Ground on Its Own High Line-Style Park

    Construction on Philadelphia’s long-anticipated Reading Viaduct Rail Park broke ground yesterday, reports Hidden City Philadelphia, with phase one of the project slated for completion in early 2018. If the entire right-of-way was converted to park, it would create three miles of parkland and a...

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  • November 01, 2016 | The Verge

    The Future of America Is Diverless

    In his final months on the job, US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx has been vocal about the pressing need to repair America’s broken infrastructure, and all the ways in which technology will fundamentally change the way we move. 

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  • October 26, 2016 | Momentum Mag

    Bicycle Equity: Fairness and Justice in Bicycle Planning and Design

    Like many of America’s divisions, its boundaries are drawn along racial and economic lines. In predominantly white, upper-income regions of many cities, residents enjoy car-free plazas and protected bike lanes designed to encourage and enhance the vitality of their active transportation...

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  • October 24, 2016 | Chicago Reader

    To black activists, transportation justice matters

    African-Americans disproportionately face challenges when it comes to transportation access, costs, and safety. Decision makers sometimes overlook issues that are specific to Chicago's lower-income communities of color on the south and west sides. Many of these areas have poor mass transit...
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  • October 19, 2016 | The Times-Picayune

    New Orleans pedestrian crossings still perilous, inspector general finds

    New Orleans has been making recent upgrades to signalized pedestrian crossings at its busiest intersection, but a new report from the Office of Inspector General shows the city remains one of the most dangerous places in the state to navigate on foot. The inspector general also noted the new...
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  • October 14, 2016 | StreetsBlog Network

    Affordable Transportation and Affordable Housing Need to Go Hand-in-Hand

    We know from resources like the Center for Neighborhood Technology’s Housing+Transportation Index that transportation costs are a large household expense and closely tied to housing location. If you live somewhere with good options besides driving, you can save a lot. But these places are where...

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  • October 13, 2016 | Forbes

    Obama Weighs In On Societal And Economic Impact Of Self-Driving Cars

    While we know that autonomous technology has the potential to save lives, reduce traffic, lower fuel consumption and possibly eliminate parking hassles, self-driving cars can bring other benefits, such as lowering the cost of transportation for the economically disadvantaged. But it can also...

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  • October 12, 2016 | Tree Hugger

    The people who need good transit most have the least access to it

    The ITDP notes that it is the lower income communities (which are more and more suburban) that need transit the most, but are getting the least service. Much of this is political, with artificial borders and little coordination. The trains and bus lines might stop at the border but the people do...

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  • October 10, 2016 | StreetsBlog USA

    What the Equality of Opportunity Project Actually Says About Commuting

    With their powerful results, the studies coming out of the Equality of Opportunity Project, led by Raj Chetty and Nathaniel Hendren, have become an important touchstone for journalists and transportation policy advisers. Chetty and Hendren show that place matters for low-income families. When...

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  • October 04, 2016 | Next City

    Why It Will Take More Than Light Rail to Fix U.S. Transit

    As cities and regions look to design an access-first model, they will need to fundamentally change their approach to transportation, urban planning and related investments. The process begins by creating clear objectives tailored to each place’s needs. Whatever the objectives might be, each...
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  • October 03, 2016 | Mother Earth News

    How to Make City Streets More Friendly

    The Friendly Streets Initiative grew out of a group of volunteers working with various neighborhood organizations to make biking and walking safer in St. Paul. In the summer of 2011, they sponsored a series of parties along Charles Avenue which runs through a racially- and economically-mixed...

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  • September 28, 2016 | Next City

    20-Plus U.S. Cities Make “Smart Tech” Promise

    The White House announced Monday that it’s pouring an additional $80 million into its one-year-old Smart Cities Initiative, bringing the total investment to $240 million. The initiative was created to help cities tackle some of their most challenging problems, regarding everything from public...

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  • September 26, 2016 | Next City

    Booming Transport Sector Means More Middle-Class Jobs

    A new report published on Sept. 20 by the Center for an Urban Future highlights the fact that the transportation sector added jobs at a remarkable rate of 8.9 percent between 2013 and 2015. According to Jonathan Bowles, executive director of CUF, that matters because transportation jobs are...

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  • September 22, 2016 | StreetsBlog Chicago

    How Can Chicago Make Sure Vision Zero Benefits Communities of Color?

    In these neighborhoods, increased traffic enforcement—especially ticketing for minor infractions a la the “broken windows theory” —may not necessarily be seen as a good thing. Significantly, several high-profile, police-involved deaths of African Americans across the country began with traffic...

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  • September 21, 2016 | The Sacramento Bee

    Public transit champion tapped to lead transportation planning in region

    The Sacramento Area Council of Governments, the region’s chief transportation planning agency, has chosen a public transit and smart growth advocate as its new chief executive. James Corless, the founding director of Transportation for America, will join SACOG in April, replacing retiring...
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  • September 19, 2016 | Next City

    Atlanta BeltLine Aims for Development Without Displacement

    As the Atlanta BeltLine’s national profile grows, so have housing costs, and concerns that the rails-to-trails greenway could price out neighbors closer to home. With only 560 units built to date of the 5,600 affordable housing units promised along the 22-mile loop, Atlanta BeltLine announced...

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  • September 15, 2016 | Next City

    37-Block Minneapolis Greenway Proposal Stirs Debate

     In 2012 and 2013, the city started gathering resident feedback via traditional methods, by online survey, email and phone, and at public meetings. Sarah Stewart of the health department, which is leading the greenway efforts, says they weren’t collecting race or ethnicity data in this round of...

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  • September 14, 2016 | Next City

    St. Louis to Deliver Healthcare at the Train Station

    North St. Louis County commuters will soon be able to get a checkup before boarding the train. A $940,000 grant from U.S. DOT will fund health screenings such as blood pressure and cholesterol tests at a MetroLink station, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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  • September 13, 2016 | Government Technology

    National Transit Map Seeks to Close the Transit Data Gap

    In bringing together the first ever map illustrating the nation’s transit system, the U.S. Department of Transportation isn’t just making data more accessible — it’s also aiming to modernize data collection and dissemination for many of the country’s transit agencies

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  • September 08, 2016 | The Christian Science Monitor

    Nevada native American tribes fight 'unequal' voting laws

    Does a long drive to a ballot box constitute illegal voter discrimination? That's the heart of a lawsuit by the Pyramid Lake and Walker River Paiute Tribes against Washoe County, Mineral County, and the Nevada secretary of State. The tribes claim that the counties have restricted voting access...

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  • September 08, 2016 | The Chicago Reporter

    Cook County plan links transportation and racial equity

    By directing revenue from the motor fuel tax to roads, the county will add $45 million to next year’s transportation budget, which officials say will focus on leveraging projects to create jobs and economic development. The plan could be especially beneficial in low-income and communities of...

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  • September 08, 2016 | Next City

    Uber, Bike-Share and More Are Factors in Tomorrow’s Transit Agency

    That sort of partnership between public transit agency and ride-hailing company isn’t yet common, but examples are popping up around the country as cash-strapped municipalities look for ways to supplement their bus and rail routes and better serve low-density areas with so-so transit ridership....

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  • September 07, 2016 | StreetsBlog USA

    Civil Rights Advocates Challenge Missouri DOT’s Discriminatory Spending

    Missouri, like many other states, shifts transportation funds from cities to rural areas — it collects most gas tax revenue from urban areas and spends it on roads in the hinterlands. And as in many other states, this amounts to a massive transfer of resources from the places where most people...
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  • September 04, 2016 | St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    NAACP seeks Justice Department help for St. Louis transit funding

    According to research compiled by the Missouri Coalition for Better Transportation, the Missouri Department of Transportation has been shorting its cities, particularly St. Louis, for more than a decade. The coalition, which includes Les Sterman, the former executive director of the East-West...

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  • September 02, 2016 | Curbed

    How a fitness app for cyclists is reshaping city planning

    Strava, an app first designed to help runners and bike riders track their routes, is fast becoming a valuable data source for city planners eager to demonstrate the impact of new and improved paths and bike lanes. The company even created a spin-off—Strava Metro—dedicated to mining users’...

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  • September 01, 2016 | City Lab

    Vision Zero's Troubling Blind Spot

    Vision Zero’s Scandinavian roots are especially concerning given the fact that in many American cities, lower-income communities of color suffer from the highest rates of pedestrian fatalities and unsafe street design. And because of that long history of excessive policing with little...

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  • September 01, 2016 | The Verge

    Welcome to Uberville

    "The effect on low-income communities has been disproportionate," Lopez said. "We feel, considering that transit is the second-biggest cost for households, that we can ease that burden by lowering transit fares fSince last year, Uber has scored public transit agreements with San Francisco,...

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  • August 31, 2016 | The Oregonian

    Transit advocates call for low-income TriMet fare

    "The effect on low-income communities has been disproportionate," Lopez said. "We feel, considering that transit is the second-biggest cost for households, that we can ease that burden by lowering transit fares for low-income, transit-dependent people."

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  • August 25, 2016 | StreetsBlog Chicago

    A Wish List for Better Walking and Biking in the Black Metropolis

    “Data shows that a community that walks, bikes, and uses public transportation is a community that is healthier, safer, and more economically viable,” he said. “Go Bronzeville wants to respond to some of the inequity in public policy and urban planning that sometimes contributes to disparities...

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  • August 17, 2016 | Boston Globe

    Milwaukee’s invisible racial cage

    I’ve had a bad feeling for a quarter century about my hometown of Milwaukee. As a frequent writer on transportation, I took particular note as the city’s white suburbs built an invisible but impregnable cage around a majority African-American and Latino city.

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  • August 17, 2016 | StreetsBlog SF

    Panel Asks: How do We Get More Diversity in Bike Advocacy?

    “Demographics are shifting very quickly; if the diversity of Oakland is one of the defining aspects of the city, we need to put some value on that and our public policies and priorities need to reflect that,” said Robert Prinz, Education Director for Bike East Bay, who also came to listen about...

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  • August 16, 2016 | The Dallas Morning News

    How Dallas can design parks to ease the racial divide

    In fact, Dallas parks have been the sites of some of the city's most public racial discrimination.Before embarking on the design or redesign of some of our city's major assets, we have to take a look at how they can do double duty as delightful amenities that also help make Dallas more just for...

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  • August 11, 2016 | Boston Globe

    New law says Uber, Lyft must be accessible to all

     Now, companies such as Uber and Lyft must accommodate everyone in Massachusetts, including those with disabilities, thanks to the new state law regulating ride-hailing firms. The law bars ride-hailing services from charging people with disabilities additional fees or higher fares and from...

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  • August 08, 2016 | The San Diego Union-Tribune

    Millions in transportation grants available

    Local governments and nonprofit organizations will have a chance at being awarded millions to spend on transportation projects for seniors and the disabled. The San Diego Association of Governments has announced $7 million in competitive grants to help those two populations get around. 
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  • August 03, 2016 | City Lab

    Yes, Equitable Bike-Sharing Is Possible

    Bike-share has an equity problem. In Boston, for example, nearly 43 percent of white residents live in proximity to bike-share stations, versus only 7 percent of black residents. In Washington, D.C., about a third of households earning more than $100,000 live nearby bike-share, compared to less...

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  • August 03, 2016 | U.S. Department of Transportation

    Federal Agencies Aim to Improve Access to Healthcare

    In some areas, transportation options are limited, and long wait times and access issues loom large enough to discourage patients from visiting the doctor at all. This results in an estimated 3.6 million Americans [external link] who miss or delay medical care every year because of...
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