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  • October 31, 2014 | RTA expects to make changes to paratransit service next year, including possible fare increase

    RTA expects to make changes to paratransit service next year, including possible fare increase

     

    The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority plans to make changes next year to its special transportation services for disabled riders that could include a fare increase and additional restrictions on eligibility. He said he hopes to present proposals to the RTA board and to hold public...

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  • October 30, 2014 | Beloit City Keeps Bus Rides Affordable

    Beloit City Keeps Bus Rides Affordable

    The transit system in Beloit won’t increase fares next year as originally planned. Bus fare will remain the same in order to keep services as affordable as possible because those that are using public transit are the ones that can least afford the increase.

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  • October 30, 2014 | Confirmed: Sprawl and Bad Transit Increase Unemployment

    Confirmed: Sprawl and Bad Transit Increase Unemployment

    Since the 1960s and the earliest days of job sprawl, the theory of “spatial mismatch” — that low-income communities experience higher unemployment because they are isolated from employment centers – has shaped the way people think about urban form and social equity.

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  • October 29, 2014 | Why don’t the poor use bike share systems?

    Why don’t the poor use bike share systems?

    Bicycle sharing systems have been spreading like wildfire over the past few years, with new initiatives in New York and Chicago bringing the idea to America's biggest cities. But even the oldest such systems aren't very old, so we're still learning a lot about how they work. One striking finding...

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  • October 29, 2014 | Milwaukee expands bus service and access to seniors and people with disabilities

    Milwaukee expands bus service and access to seniors and people with disabilities

    Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic is applauding committee passage of a proposal that will allow seniors and persons with disabilities to ride Milwaukee County Transit System buses for free starting April 1st. The budget amendment also extends transit service to growing job...

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  • October 26, 2014 | Pols, Advocates Call on MTA to Bring Bus Rapid Transit to Borough

    Local Leaders and Advocates Call on MTA to Bring Bus Rapid Transit to Queens

    With the push for a permanent Rockaway ferry still dominating the south Queens transportation conversation, elected officials and transit advocacy groups this week rallied on the steps of City Hall, calling on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to bring high-quality bus rapid transit to a...

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  • October 24, 2014 | D.C. Bikeshare workers looking to unionize— and build a nationwide Bikeshare powerhouse

    D.C. Bikeshare workers looking to unionize

    But it also represents a rare kind of growth opportunity for TWU: An entirely new job category that can be organized from the get-go. And for a nascent form of urban transportation trying to gain traction with citizens and local governments alike, it doesn’t hurt to have a powerful union on your...

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  • October 22, 2014 | Polk Sales Tax Referendum: Forum Looks at Benefits of Transit Funds

    Polk Sales Tax Referendum: Forum Looks at Benefits of Transit Funds

    Improving funding for transit and roads in Polk County is key to dealing with a changing workforce and an aging population, and action needs to be taken now instead of waiting, panelists told a crowd gathered for a forum Wednesday.

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  • October 21, 2014 | NYC Bike-on-Sidewalk Tickets Most Common in Black and Latino Communities

    NYC Bike-on-Sidewalk Tickets Most Common in Black and Latino Communities

    Reducing sidewalk biking by building the streets people actually want, with physical separation between bikes, cars, and sidewalks, obviously won’t fix institutional racism. But it’s maddening when missing infrastructure contributes to the machinery of inequality. That’s what’s happening here,...

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  • October 21, 2014 | The right way to renew a city

    The right way to renew a city

    Three additional stations (Western Ave, Hamline and Victoria) were added to Minneapolis's Green Line to ensure the train did not just whisk people between the two downtowns. The stations added a total of $15 million to the construction costs and slowed the travel time between the two cities by a...

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  • October 21, 2014 | Met Council board not big transit riders, survey finds

    Met Council board not big transit riders, survey finds

    Members get free passes for mass transit, but few use perk, survey indicates. Staff are more frequent bus, train riders. Most members of the Metropolitan Council rarely use the public transportation system they are in charge of overseeing, based on transit pass usage and a Star Tribune survey of...

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  • October 20, 2014 | De Blasio Signs Transit Benefit Bill, Says 25 MPH Limit Will Save Lives

    De Blasio Signs Transit Benefit Bill, Says 25 MPH Limit Will Save Lives

    Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation requiring companies with 20 or more full-time employees in New York City to offer the federal transit tax benefit to their workers. The measure, which takes effect in 2016, is expected to save employers and workers millions of dollars each year. He also...

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  • October 20, 2014 | Public transit: Ohio funding that's among lowest in U.S. likely to arise at Tuesday ODOT forum

    Public transit: Ohio funding that's among lowest in U.S. likely to arise at Tuesday ODOT forum

    The Ohio Department of Transportation wants to hear from residents and community leaders tomorrow about the importance of public transit in the future of Ohio cities. ODOT officials could get an earful. Spending in Ohio on public transit ranks towards the bottom among states – 94 cents a year...

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  • October 15, 2014 | Nonprofit plans its first affordable housing complex near Lakeline Station

    Nonprofit plans its first affordable housing complex near Lakeline Station

    Nonprofit Foundation Communities is slated to begin construction on an affordable housing complex near Capital Metro’s Lakeline Station Park & Ride in 2015 to provide low-income families with access to public transportation, retail and jobs.

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  • October 14, 2014 | The many reasons millennials are shunning cars

    The many reasons millennials are shunning cars

    There's a lot of evidence that millennials don't drive as much — or care as much for cars in general — as previous generations their own age did. They're less likely to get driver's licenses. They tend to take fewer car trips, and when they do, those trips are shorter. They're also more likely...

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  • October 14, 2014 | Touring Civil Rights History on Two Wheels

    Touring Civil Rights History on Two Wheels

    The new Atlanta company Civil Bikes offers bike rentals and history tours with a side of community-building. As a black woman living in a sprawling Southern city, Deadwyler epitomizes the hopes that advocates-with-a-capital-A hold for the future of biking as transportation in the U.S. She's not...

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  • October 14, 2014 | Public Transit: The Road to Opportunity

    Public Transit: The Road to Opportunity

    Transportation challenges exist in too many locations across the United States. Sadly, for too many residents of these communities, not enough change has come. One of the reasons for this is that transportation dollars in the federal budget are too frequently focused on highways. Public transit...

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  • October 10, 2014 | Havasu's shuttle voucher program almost ready for launch

    Havasu's shuttle voucher program almost ready for launch

    The push to continue to provide transportation to low-income residents came from the City Council. The idea is to serve low-income residents who need transportation to make work, school, grocery and medical trips. The shuttle-voucher program, which will provide $5 vouchers to low-income...

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  • October 09, 2014 | BART, AC Transit directors approve late night bus service

    BART, AC Transit directors approve late night bus service

    Expanded late night transbay bus service could begin as early as December after BART and Alameda-Contra Costa Transit directors voted to approve the service. BART directors approved the one-year pilot program today and AC Transit directors approved it Wednesday night.

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  • October 07, 2014 | Seattle Tops U.S. for Pedestrian Safety as Detroit Trails

    Seattle Tops U.S. for Pedestrian Safety as Detroit Trails

    The city in Washington state has few pedestrian deaths and has invested in infrastructure that residents say makes walking safer, the insurer said today in releasing the results. Boston was the second-safest among the 25 cities studied, followed by Washington, D.C. Detroit was the most dangerous.

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  • October 07, 2014 | Mapped: How public transit changes your job prospects

    Mapped: How public transit changes your job prospects

    Public transit dramatically changes the shape of a city for people who live near (and rely on) it. A job that may be five miles away feels much closer if it's on the other end of a subway line. A supermarket in the next neighborhood over may feel remote if there's no bus to get to it.

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  • October 06, 2014 | New Report Highlights Dangerous Trajectory of Transportation Funding

    New Report Highlights Dangerous Trajectory of Transportation Funding

    Last month, the Pew Charitable Trusts released a report on the state of transportation funding, drawing much needed attention to an increasingly relevant issue. Decreased funding poses a threat not only to balanced budgets but also to equity and civil rights. With large segments of the U.S....

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  • October 06, 2014 | Investing in Atlanta’s sidewalks will contribute to our quality of life - See more at: http://saportareport.com/blog/2014/10/inv

    Investing in Atlanta’s sidewalks will contribute to our quality of life - See more at: http://saportareport.com/blog/2014/10/investing-in-atlantas-sidewalks-will-contribute-to-our-quality-of-life/#sthash.rmwsbu2L.dpuf

    Walking is often a forgotten segment of everyone’s commute – whether it’s from the parking garage to the office or from the chained bicycle to the front door of a restaurant. Saturday I joined fellow PEDS board members and other pedestrian-safety advocates on a walking tour from the Georgia...

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  • October 01, 2014 | DC will start saving a lot of money while offering better transit for persons with disabilities

    DC will start saving a lot of money while offering better transit for persons with disabilities

    Paratransit service for persons with disabilities will soon get better for riders, and cheaper for the DC government. New rules will go into effect today, which will let up to 33 wheelchair-accessible taxis offer paratransit rides instead of WMATA's MetroAccess system. The rules could save the...

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  • September 30, 2014 | Everyone On the Bus: Rider-Driver Alliances

    Everyone On the Bus: Rider-Driver Alliances

    With so much common interest, there are plenty of opportunities for solidarity between transit riders and drivers. Community groups, often calling themselves bus riders unions, are popping up all over the country—and make ready allies for willing unions. 

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  • September 30, 2014 | Conference Brings Transportation Equity to Forefront

    Conference Brings Transportation Equity to Forefront

    Nestled at the intersection of three rivers connecting the Midwest to the Atlantic coast is Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – host of the 18th annual Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place Conference earlier this month. It was a perfect meeting space for over 1,000 city planners, transportation engineers, public...

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  • September 30, 2014 | The Ugly Economics of Subprime Auto Loans

    The Ugly Economics of Subprime Auto Loans

    For many Americans, having a car means keeping a job in transit-barren suburbs and cities. Losing transportation could mean losing everything. The rise of the subprime auto market is a nasty reminder that for so many Americans, cars are nearly as indispensable as shelter.

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  • September 26, 2014 | From Transit to Access: Three Essentials for Rethinking How Cities Connect Their Residents to Opportunity

    From Transit to Access: Three Essentials for Rethinking How Cities Connect Their Residents to Opportunity

    People often traverse neighborhoods, cities, counties and even regions to access job opportunities and the essential services (e.g., healthcare, childcare, grocery stores, etc.) needed to support themselves and their families. Low-income communities are often disproportionately affected by this...

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  • September 10, 2014 | Why the People in Charge of Transit Systems Should Be Required to Actually Ride Transit

    Why the People in Charge of Transit Systems Should Be Required to Actually Ride Transit

    Christof Spieler moved to downtown Houston about nine years ago and began a reverse commute to a suburban office park. He took the No. 9 Gulfton Metro bus because he liked to get things done during the ride and hated sitting in traffic, but the service left much to be desired.Fast-forward to...

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  • September 04, 2014 | Extra 25 Cents Irks Muni Riders Unhappy With Service

    San Francisco: Muni's fare increase a burden on low-income riders

    Muni’s 25 cent fare increase rolled out this week, leaving riders on Tuesday fumbling for an extra quarter as they boarded. Nelton Chica, a quiet man waiting at 24th and Mission, said that 25 cents might not seem like a lot but for those who don’t make much money each month, it’s a lot — “un...

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  • September 04, 2014 | ‘Groundbreaking’ report outlines issues, assets, solutions in Wimauma

    Wimauma FL: ‘Groundbreaking’ report outlines issues, assets, solutions for creating a better community for residents

    “Wimauma Voices 2014” is the result of more than 400 interviews, and took almost a year to complete sampling resident opinions through surveys, focus groups and workshops. The report identifies 6 key issues facing the community, including barriers in access to transportation.

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  • September 03, 2014 | Overall, U.S. Streetcars Just Aren't Meeting the Standards of Good Transit

    Overall, U.S. Streetcars Just Aren't Meeting the Standards of Good Transit

    Since the U.S. streetcar revival relies heavily on transportation subsidies, it's only fair to expect the latest wave of streetcar lines to produce benefits related to (wait for it) transportation. But the new systems in operation—ten by the latest tally, with a few dozen more being planned—have...

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  • August 29, 2014 | Silver Line opened transit troubles for bus riders

    Silver Line opened transit troubles for bus riders

    The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and Fairfax buses have served Tysons extensively for years. This service, however, has been disrupted by a new focus on serving the interests of rail riders more than those of traditional bus riders.

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  • August 28, 2014 | 4 Reasons Federal Money Is Bad for U.S. Transportation

    4 Reasons Federal Money Is Bad for U.S. Transportation

    A better alternative would be if transportation money were structured more for local autonomy. This could be done by distributing state and federal money through a block grant system — or by simply allowing localities to keep more of it beforehand. Because if anyone understands an area’s...

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  • August 27, 2014 | CTfastrak takes riders for a spin along bus rapid transit route

    Connecticut: CTfastrak takes riders for a spin along bus rapid transit route

    Since a lack of transportation is the largest barrier to employment, the CTfastrak may help improve prospects for individuals and employers that want to draw talent from a larger, regional pool. CTfastrak aims to increase economic development along the line, connecting people to jobs, health...

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  • August 20, 2014 | Can Light Rail Be an Engine of Opportunity? The Twin Cities Story

    Can Light Rail Be an Engine of Opportunity? The Twin Cities Story

    Transportation projects should connect communities to opportunity, but too often new roads and rail lines have isolated low-income people and devastated the economic prospects of neighborhoods of color. That's why diverse communities in the Twin Cities fought tenaciously to make sure the new $1...

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  • August 19, 2014 | Why Portland Is Building a Multi-Modal Bridge That Bans Cars

    Why Portland Is Building a Multi-Modal Bridge That Bans Cars

    Tilikum Crossing is the nation's first multi-modal bridge that will be off-limits to private automobiles. It will carry MAX light rail trains (the impetus for construction) as well as Portland's streetcar line and city buses, and of course pedestrian and bike lanes on both sides—but no cars. 

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  • August 14, 2014 | No Sitting on the Sidelines. What Role Will You Play in Advancing Transportation Equity?

    No Sitting on the Sidelines. What Role Will You Play in Advancing Transportation Equity?

    PolicyLink and partners hosted a national tele-conference to explore state and regional efforts to ensure transportation connects all people to work and opportunity. Joining the conversation were local equity advocates and national experts who illustrated—through data and stories—the significant...

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  • August 11, 2014 | When transit service is substandard, can we plan for capital expansion?

    When transit service is substandard, can we plan for capital expansion?

    Public transportation expenditures are typically divided into two buckets: One for operations expenditures — the money that goes primarily to pay the costs of gas, electricity, and driver labor — and the other for capital investments, which sometimes means maintenance but often means new...

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  • August 08, 2014 | Concerns grow over `transit desert` in Chicago

    Concerns grow over `transit desert` in Chicago

    More than 400 thousand Cook County residents live in “transit deserts” and face more difficulty and potential cost in getting around. A study from the Center for Neighborhood Technology defined a transit desert to be more than a half mile from a rail stop or at least one quarter of a mile from...

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  • August 07, 2014 | Pedestrians Dying at Disproportionate Rates in America's Poorer Neighborhoods

    Pedestrians Dying at Disproportionate Rates in America's Poorer Neighborhoods

    Many cities have made pedestrian safety a priority, but their efforts rarely focus on poorer areas, which have approximately double the fatality rates of wealthier communities.In the nation’s metro areas, the bottom third of Census tracts, in terms of per capita income, recorded pedestrian...
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  • August 01, 2014 | Continued Jobs Growth. But Highway Bill Shows Austerity Still Hurts.

    Continued Jobs Growth. But Highway Bill Shows Austerity Still Hurts.

    Today’s Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report finds payroll employment increased by 209,000 in July, slightly slower growth than last month, and the unemployment rate ticked up slightly to 6.2 percent. Coming after this week’s GDP report that found the economy was actually growing in the...

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  • July 15, 2014 | How Low-Income Commuters View Cycling

    How Low-Income Commuters View Cycling

    New data from the U.S. Census Bureau offers encouraging news for cyclists: Nationally, bicycle commuting increased 61 percent between the 2000 Census and a 2008-2012 survey. But there's considerable work to do before we bike ride into the sunset. Our research shows that in some places, the...

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  • July 03, 2014 | How 3 Communities Fought Discriminatory Transportation Policies

    How 3 Communities Fought Discriminatory Transportation Policies

    This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, which outlawed discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.To celebrate the occasion, PolicyLink held a discussion this week about how that legislation has affected transportation policy. Three local...

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  • June 06, 2014 | New Orleans Fast-Tracks Equitable Transit Investment

    New Orleans Fast-Tracks Equitable Transit Investment

    Barbara Major thinks of transportation as more than a way to help people get around. As one of the nation's largest public investments, it can be a powerful engine for equitable economic growth.
     
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  • May 31, 2014 | Bloomberg News

    House Proposal to Boost Highway Fund Hits Senate Resistance

    A proposal House Republican leaders outlined yesterday to shore up the U.S. Highway Trust Fund by curbing Saturday mail delivery has met quick Senate opposition. Delaware Democratic Senator Tom Carper, chairman of his chamber’s governmental affairs panel that handles postal issues, said the plan...

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  • May 28, 2014 | The Hill

    Transportation advocates hail Maya Angelou as streetcar pioneer

    Transportation advocates are mourning the death of legendary poet and writer Maya Angelou, who they said was "San Francisco’s first African American streetcar conductor" in addition to being a famous author. Angelou died Wednesday at age 86. The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) union said Angelou...

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  • May 23, 2014 | StreetsBlog USA

    Study: Drivers Less Likely to Yield for Black Pedestrians

    You’ve heard the expression “driving while black?” Perhaps “walking while black” is a thing, too. A new study, by researchers from Portland State University and the University of Arizona, indicates racial biases play a role in how pedestrians are treated on the roadway.

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  • May 21, 2014 | Wired

    The 20 Deadliest U.S. Cities for Pedestrians

    Pedestrian deaths in the United States are at a five-year high, and if you’re among the few people who walks around Orlando, you’re more likely to be killed by a car than anyone else in the nation. You can thank 60 years of auto-centric planning and transportation policies for that.

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  • May 20, 2014 | Smart Growth America

    Dangerous by Design 2014 highlights preventable pedestrian fatalities

    Every day, in communities across the country, people are killed while walking to school, to work or to the store. From 2003 to 2012, more than 47,000 people were killed while walking – sixteen times the number of people who died in natural disasters, but without the corresponding level of...

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  • May 17, 2014 | The Hill

    Obama hits GOP on infrastructure

    President Obama used his weekly address Saturday to hit House Republicans on their inaction in transportation infrastructure funding while trying to draw a stark contrast between him and the GOP on job creation. Obama warned that federal funding for transportation projects will run out this...

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  • May 16, 2014 | Huffington Post

    Let's Connect to Opportunity

    Transportation is an essential ingredient for building healthier communities. That's why an equitable and well-functioning transportation system that works for everyone is so important. Transportation connects people to jobs, schools, affordable housing, health care, grocery stores, and more.

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  • May 15, 2014 | The Hill

    House silent on highway funding

    The House is staying quiet in the debate over a new transportation funding bill despite a flurry of action by senators and the Obama administration. Senate leaders this week unveiled a six-year, $265 billion road and transit funding package bill that will be marked up in committee on Thursday...

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  • May 14, 2014 | Next City

    3 Ways the Transportation Reauthorization Bill Could Affect Cities

    The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee released the MAP-21 Reauthorization Act on Monday. The bill, if passed, would reauthorize federal aid for highways, railways and all things transit. Geoff Anderson, president and CEO of Smart Growth America is a fan, and said in a press release...

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  • May 13, 2014 | StreetsBlog USA

    Barbara Boxer’s Transportation Bill: Same As It Ever Was

    The future of national transportation policy is pretty much like the present of national transportation policy, if the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has its way: underfunded and highway-centric. The bill released by Senator Barbara Boxer’s EPW Committee yesterday rejects pretty...

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