• 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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  • July 22, 2016 | Streets Blog USA

    Naomi Doerner on How Street Safety Advocates Can Support Racial Justice

    Street safety advocates often call on police to reform traffic enforcement practices in order to reduce dangerous driving that jeopardizes people walking and biking. Given the pervasiveness of racially discriminatory police work and the prevalence of police brutality in many communities, how...
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  • July 18, 2016 | Shared Use Mobility Center

    SUMC Releases Interactive Shared Mobility Toolkit

    A new opportunity analysis model developed by SUMC suggests that, while they currently lack bikeshare and carshare access, many low-income urban neighborhoods have the qualities needed to support successful shared-use systems, such as high population density, transit access and walkability.

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  • July 13, 2016 | Wonk Blog

    Why highways have become the center of civil rights protest

    Protestors in Minnesota were occupying a highway that, a half-century ago, was constructed at the expense of St. Paul's historically black community. Interstate 94, like urban highways throughout the country, was built by erasing what had been black homes, dispersing their residents, severing...

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  • July 12, 2016 | StreetsBlog California

    Orange County Trains Active Transportation Leaders

    Alliance for a Healthy Orange County (AHOC) is stepping up to change that. In Garden Grove and Anaheim, the group has launched an Active Transportation Leadership Program to encourage and train residents to become advocates for their community’s needs.

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  • July 12, 2016 | KCET

    Miles Away from the Next Stop: The Bumpy Road to Transportation Equity

    For residents of North Shore, getting around on public transportation can be tough. There is only one bus line serving the city, located about 20 miles south of Coachella, and it comes only once every three hours. That means long waits in often searing temperatures for things like trips to the...
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  • July 01, 2016 | NextCity

    Oakland Gets New DOT for a New Kind of Transportation Planning

    How can a mobility system be designed around inclusivity? How can cities accommodate the many who are now demanding better bike infrastructure, knowing it means some drivers will feel they are being made to give up their privileges? How does a city grow its economy while ensuring opportunities...

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  • June 29, 2016 | FastCo Design

    Sidewalk Labs CEO: The 3 Biggest Problems Urban Designers Have To Solve

    As cities across the U.S. face growing congestion, shifting populations, and aging infrastructure, transit problems have become a huge strain on everyday life and a barrier to social mobility, with convenient and affordable access to jobs out of reach for too many hard-working Americans. This...

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  • June 23, 2016 |

    Columbus Shows How a Smart City Puts People First

    Columbus’ proposal puts people first. They plan to install street-side mobility kiosks, a new bus-rapid transit system, and smart lighting to increase safety for pedestrians and improve access to healthcare for traditionally underserved areas and neighborhoods. The Smart City Challenge required...

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  • June 21, 2016 | Government Technology

    Columbus Wins U.S. DOT's Smart City Challenge

    Columbus’ plan revolves around five strategies: promoting access to jobs, making logistics smarter, connecting visitors, connecting citizens and making transportation more sustainable

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  • June 20, 2016 |

    On Inter-agency collaboration around Opportunity

    Early this month, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx joined U.S. Housing And Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro and U.S. Education Secretary John King in announcing plans for stronger collaboration among federal agencies to promote opportunity and diversity in communities across...

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  • June 17, 2016 | StreetsBlog NYC

    Protected Bike Lanes Will Connect South Bronx to Randall’s Island

    The DOT project calls for protected bike lanes linking the Connector to streets on each side of the Bruckner Expressway, which divides Mott Haven to the west from the more industrial Port Morris to the east. The plan draws heavily from ideas put forward last summer by The Haven Project [PDF], an...

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  • June 16, 2016 | City Lab

    In the U.S., Walkability Is a Premium Good

    At the end of the day, walkability remains a premium good—one that is far more prevalent in America’s most advantaged, affluent, and educated metros. Indeed, walkability is yet another dimension of the greater socioeconomic divide separating the winners and losers of the knowledge economy.

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  • June 15, 2016 | The Newspaper of Trucking and Freight Transportation

    Iowa Bridges Get Help Under State Transportation Plan

    Of the total, $1.2 billion is slated for investments in Iowa’s state-owned bridges. All told, the plan calls for $1.6 billion in funding toward work on existing infrastructure, including bridges and highways. 
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  • June 15, 2016 | North West Indiana Times

    NWI increasingly offers opportunities for active transportation

    "Land use, transportation systems and community design either provide us opportunities for healthier behavior or limit it," says Kim Irwin, executive director of Indianapolis-based Health by Design. "Having communities where active transportation options are available—trails, sidewalks,...

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