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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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  • May 12, 2014 | Slate

    The Solution That Shall Not Be Named

    The nation’s roads and bridges are crumbling. How long can the White House and Congress ignore the common-sense fix staring them in the face? The White House is warning Congress that it has until August to find at least $18 billion for the federal account that funds the nation’s roads and public...

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  • May 09, 2014 | Poverty & Race Research Action Council

    Transit-based Opportunity—Lessons from Dayton

    The linkages between neighborhoods and academic achievement, health, and life outcomes have been thoroughly documented in research literature in recent decades. A recent story from Dayton, Ohio underscores the importance of transportation equity, and sheds light on the
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  • May 09, 2014 | Washington Post

    On a Personal Note: Reflections from a congressman’s funeral

    As dozens of members of Congress filed off a bus from the Capitol, a group that included Democrats and Republicans who had worked with Jim Oberstar over his long career, undoubtedly most of them on the Transportation Committee, I remembered something the late congressman told me several years...

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  • May 05, 2014 | StreetsBlog USA

    Remembering Jim Oberstar, Architect of Federal Bike Funding Programs

    Rep. Jim Oberstar died peacefully in his sleep early Saturday morning at the age of 79. He represented Minnesota’s 8th Congressional district for 18 terms, from 1975 to 2011. Oberstar served on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee the entire time, and as its chair for the last four...

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  • March 12, 2014 | MinuteMan News Center

    Affordable Housing Should Suit Community Needs Not Developers

    The town needs affordable housing, and it’s in my backyard. Individuals also have the right to build as the zoning allows. Developers, though, want zoning to suit their needs, not those of the community. The operator of the 54-unit got his after the Zoning Board foolishly killed the project...
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  • March 12, 2014 | The Atlantic Cities

    How a System for Shared Taxi Rides Could Transform New York City

    The Senseable City Lab submitted a public records request to the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission for all its data on those 150 million trips from 2011. They've mapped it in gorgeous, interactive detail, as part of the HubCab project unveiled today. Even more usefully, though, they've...

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  • March 11, 2014 | The Atlantic Cities

    A Big Legal Blow to the the Rails-to-Trails Movement

    You can find them in every state of the union, from Maine to Hawaii, from Alaska to Florida: old railroad rights of way that have been or are being converted to trails for biking, hiking, and other recreational uses. As many as 1,400 such trails covering perhaps 15,000 miles have been built...

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  • March 11, 2014 | The Atlantic Cities

    The Race is On for the Transit Ticket of Tomorrow

    With the mTicket app on your smartphone, you've got another choice. With a swipe of the screen, just select your destination from a list of stations, authorize a charge to your credit card, and show the conductor the time-stamped virtual ticket glowing on your phone. It doesn't cost extra to buy...

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  • March 11, 2014 | Wired

    Why More Americans are Riding Public Transit than Ever Before

    Americans are using public transit more than ever, according to a study that further proves people are increasingly comfortable riding buses and trains. According to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), Americans took 10.7 billion trips on public transit last year, matching a...
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  • March 10, 2014 | The Atlantic Cities

    The Big City Bike Parking Negative Feedback Loop

    Everybody knows that parking is a big problem in New York. Sometimes it seems as if there’s no place to secure your vehicle. It can be infuriating searching for a spot. Especially if your vehicle is a bicycle. Despite the installation of hundreds of new bike racks around the city over the past...
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  • March 10, 2014 | The Atlantic Cities

    London's Plan to Move Cyclists to Side Streets

    After years of planning, London is finally poised to witness a quiet revolution for two-wheeled transport: an exhaustive citywide network of new cycle routes. This overhaul will nonetheless be coming with a substantial twist. As a visitor to the city, you might possibly never come across a...

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  • March 10, 2014 | Alliance for Biking & Walking

    In Citi Bike's Success, Advocates and Nonprofits Played a Key Role

    Last year we launched Citi Bike, the largest bike share system in North America, in New York City. Weeks before the system opened to the public, thousands of members had already signed-up, and eagerly awaited the chance to be among the first to take a spin on one of the big blue bikes. Less than...

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  • March 07, 2014 | The Atlantic Cities

    Braving the Deep, Deadly South on a Bicycle

    According to a benchmark study, released last year by the National Alliance for Biking and Walking, the states of the southern U.S. are the most dangerous per biker, and per bike mile traveled, by a wide margin. If you bike in South Carolina you are 10 times likelier to be hit and killed by a...

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  • March 06, 2014 | The Atlantic Cities

    America's Cities are Still too Afraid to Make Driving Unappealing

    There are ways to do it. We could reduce parking availability or raise parking rates. We could implement congestion pricing. We could roll back subsidies for gas and highways and public parking garages. We could tie auto-insurance rates or infrastructure taxes to how much people actually drive.

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  • March 06, 2014 | The Atlantic Cities

    This Addictive New Game Lets You Build Your Own Subway System

    Fed up with your city's metro? Think you can do better? Here's your chance. New game "Mini Metro" lets you design your own subway system. Train speeds and commuter behavior are automated, so your task is simple: draw the routes that'll get the trains to run as efficiently as possible.
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  • March 04, 2014 | The Atlantic Cities

    Bike-Share Hit Yet Another Snag in Portland, Oregon

    Portland, Oregon, is probably the most bike-centric city in the United States, with enviably advanced bike infrastructure, the country's highest percentage of two-wheeled commuters (just over 6 percent), and a robust cohort of riders (ridiculed to national acclaim on the IFC series...
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  • March 04, 2014 | The Atlantic Cities

    How Buenos Aires Unclogged its Most Iconic Street

    The postcard image of this proud city is Avenida 9 de Julio, a triumphant boulevard that is by some accounts the widest street in the world. There’s two parts to the picture everyone knows. One is the towering Obelisk commemorating the founding of Buenos Aires. The other is the 20 lanes of...

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  • March 03, 2014 | Smart Growth America

    The Last Frontier: Complete Streets in Alaska

    Last month, Senator Mark Begich of Alaska introduced the Safe Streets Act of 2014 (S. 2004), which requires states and regions to adopt Complete Streets policies for federally funded transportation projects. Why would a Senator from the nation’s coldest state introduce legislation that supports...
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  • March 03, 2014 | The Atlantic Cities

    Inside Nashville's Oddly Ugly Bus-Rapid Transit Debate

    The Amp, a referential name in Music City, is the $174 million bus-rapid transit project proposed to link the western stretches of the city to East Nashville over a 7.1-mile span. It's the first in-earnest attempt at reliable mass transit in Tennessee, and it has been pitched as a way to keep...

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  • February 27, 2014 | Huffington Post

    We Are the Environment

    When I was a little girl growing up in Los Angeles, I would spend summer afternoons in the backyard of my grandmother's home in South L.A., on Harvard and Martin Luther King Boulevard. I remember picking fresh berries off the bushes in her garden, and waiting for her to wash them and stir them...

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  • February 27, 2014 | The Atlantic Cities

    Google Will Give Kids in San Francisco Free Bus Passes

    The San Francisco Mayor's Office announced this afternoon that Google will donate $6.8 million over the next two years to the SF Municipal Transit Authority. The money will fund the Free Muni for Youth program, which offers low- and moderate-income youth free passes to the city’s public transit...

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  • February 26, 2014 | The White House - Office of the Press Secretary

    President Obama Lays Out Vision for 21st Century Transportation Infrastructure

    On February 26th, the President will speak at the historic Union Depot train station in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he will launch a competition for $600 million in competitive transportation funding and outline his vision for investing in America’s infrastructure with a $302 billion, four year...

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  • February 25, 2014 | New Hampshire Union Leader

    Nashua Officials Approve Charlotte Avenue Elementary School Safety Grant

    The Board of Aldermen unanimously authorized the $100,000 grant from the New Hampshire Department of Transportation as part of its final round of funding for the Safe Routes to School initiative. The grant, which includes a $36,500 match from the city, will likely be used to install flashing...

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  • February 14, 2014 | Streets Blog

    Study: Civil Rights Protections Lack Teeth When It Comes to Transportation

    American transportation policy has a woeful history of civil rights abuses. For a good part of the 1950s and ’60s, using highways to level black neighborhoods was a matter of national policy. And the white flight and segregation that those highways engendered have left a legacy that continues to...

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  • January 31, 2014 | Equity Blog

    Put Transportation Equity Back on Track

    The inequity and inadequacy of the transportation system that Dr. King pointed out nearly 45 years ago, still plagues America today. According to the U.S. Department of Treasury, transportation expenses for households in the bottom 90 percent income bracket are twice that of those in the top 10...

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  • January 29, 2014 | America Needs a Raise: A Statement by Angela Glover Blackwell

    America Needs a Raise: A Statement by Angela Glover Blackwell

    President Obama's State of the Union address pushed past politics and spoke directly to the needs of the people — all people. He called on Congress to "give America a raise," which we need in more ways than one. We must raise the minimum wage so that all workers can support their families and...

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  • January 29, 2014 | Politico

    The Day We Lost Atlanta

    On Tuesday, snowfall of just over 2 inches shut down metropolitan Atlanta’s roads, schools, churches, government offices and businesses. Thousands of flights were cancelled at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. More than 2,000 school children were separated from their parents, and spent...
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  • January 14, 2014 | The Boston Globe

    MTBA Nears Anti-bias Agreement with US Regulators

    State transportation officials are nearing a deal with the federal government to revamp their employment practices to address a mountain of complaints lodged against the MBTA for allegedly discriminating against minorities and women over the years in hiring, pay, and promotions.

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  • November 21, 2013 | Seattle Times

    Washington lawmakers negotiate transportation package

    As lawmakers continue to work on reaching an agreement on a transportation package, a Senate panel Thursday held a public hearing on a $12.3 billion proposal that includes an 11 1/2-cent gas tax increase and puts money toward road projects across the state. More than 100 people packed a...

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  • November 21, 2013 | San Diego Free Press

    The “Most Walkable” Cities in San Diego County – La Mesa Scores Highest

    Walk San Diego rated La Mesa as 2013′s most walkable city in San Diego County. The number one reason for the City’s walkability happened 100 years ago.
     
    It’s the traditional town pattern of it’s historic center. It’s a pattern that is relatively rare in Southern California but seen everywhere...
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  • November 21, 2013 | Streets Blog

    NYC DOT Shares Its Five Principles for Designing Safer Streets

    Earlier this month, NYC DOT put out a major new report, Making Safer Streets [PDF], that collects before-and-after data from dozens of street redesigns and distills five key principles to reduce traffic injuries. The excitement of election week overshadowed the release, but this is an important...
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  • November 21, 2013 | DNAInfo New York

    Children's Deaths Prompt Residents to Brainstorm Traffic Safety Solutions

    PARK SLOPE — Three New York City children have been struck and killed by cars in the past six weeks, and residents are hoping to turn heartbreak into action on Thursday night.
     
    Two neighborhood fathers are hosting a public brainstorming session on pedestrian safety at Congregation Beth Elohim...
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  • November 20, 2013 | Safe Routes Partnership

    Building Momentum for Safe Routes to School in Greater Washington, DC

    As part of the Regional Network Project, we are tasked with advocating for walking and bicycling at the regional level and specifically working with our local metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs). After all, as pedestrians and bicyclists, it does not matter what jurisdiction we are in, we...
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  • November 19, 2013 | Greater Washington

    Walkability, Parking, and TDM Influence Whether You Drive

    Arlington has tried to reduce traffic by clustering development around transit and using transportation demand management (TDM) programs to raise awareness of alternatives to driving. According to a new study of residential buildings, it's working.

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  • November 17, 2013 | Safe Routes Partnership

    Enough is Enough: Ask Congress to End Rising Rates of Bike/Ped Fatalities

    Ready to act? Contact your members of Congress now.  Want more background?  Keep reading...
     
    On Thursday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released thetraffic fatality numbers for 2012, and it confirmed that bicycle and pedestrian fatalities continue to increase. For...
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  • November 14, 2013 | Green Lining Blog

    Electric Vehicles for all!

    I know what you’re thinking: Aren’t electric vehicles (EV’s) only for rich people?  Don’t worry, I used to think the same way. The word EV made me think of $80,000+ Teslas or similar high-end cars that I or my family could never afford. However, with technology moving forward at a fast rate, EVs...
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  • November 13, 2013 | The Hill Blog

    Attacks on EPA are Attacks on Health, Safety

    For me, clean air isn’t an abstract concept. I grew up in a polluted town and struggled with childhood asthma. I know what it means to be forced to breathe dirty air.
     
    That’s why it’s so important to me that the Environmental Protection Agency is able to do its job and protect Americans from...
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  • November 12, 2013 | Smart Growth America

    Completing Our Streets: Who gets priority?

    This post is the fifth in a twice-monthly series of excerpts from Completing Our Streets: The Transition to Safe and Inclusive Transportation Networks, the new book from Island Press by Barbara McCann, founder of the National Complete Streets Coalition. The book discusses the keys to the...
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  • November 05, 2013 | Reconnecting America

    How Do We Fulfill the Promise of Public Transit in Los Angeles?

    With a $40 billion voter-approved transit investment being deployed over the next 20 years, Los Angeles County residents are charting a path to a new future. The transit system expansion will add 102 miles of rail transit and almost 100 new stations, while creating 400,000 new jobs.[1] While the...
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  • November 01, 2013 | Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

    Michigan's Dequindre Cut Greenway

    "It went from a really crazy idea to a world-class community asset."
     
    Everyone has heard about Detroit's troubles: the bankruptcy, the population decline, abandoned buildings and urban decay. What's not often heard is the story of the strength, resilience and pride of Detroiters. Underneath the...
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  • October 11, 2013 | US News

    An Unhappy Anniversary for the Gas Tax

    Last week, as Congress was melting down over funding the government, an unfortunate anniversary came and went, marking 20 years since Congress last took serious steps towards funding our transportation infrastructure. As of October 1st, it's been exactly 20 years since the federal gas tax was...

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  • October 03, 2013 | US News

    A Better Way to Build Infrastructure

    Widening political fault lines tabled gun-control, stymied immigration reform and have now shut down the government entirely. Against that backdrop, one policy area stands out, at least for the moment: transportation.

    America's transportation infrastructure has been deteriorating for decades. In...
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  • June 11, 2013 | L.A. Community Wins New Rail Stop to Catalyze Local Economy

    L.A. Community Wins New Rail Stop to Catalyze Local Economy

    Six years of organizing and advocacy have resulted in victory for a coalition of residents, business owners, and grassroots leaders demanding a light rail stop in Leimert Park Village, the heart of Los Angeles’s African American community. The victory marks a crucial step toward tabilizing and...
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