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  • January 06, 2015 | Bad public transit keeps people from jobs

    Bad public transit keeps people from jobs

    People with the most access to jobs via public transit do pretty well for themselves, as do people in far-flung areas who largely commute by car. But the people with the least transportation access— those at the intersection of low levels of both car-commuting and public transit access—appear to...

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  • January 05, 2015 | How Driver's License Suspensions Unfairly Target The Poor

    How Driver's License Suspensions Unfairly Target The Poor

    The most common way that people lose their driver's license in Wisconsin is not for drunk driving or other unsafe driving. It's for failure to pay the fine on a ticket for a non-moving traffic offense. Those make up 56 percent of all license suspensions in the state, according to statistics from...

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  • January 04, 2015 | Philly bike share program aims for low-cost access

    Philly bike share program aims for low-cost access

    Philadelphia is gearing up to roll out a bike share program that doesn't require a credit card deposit or charge members for short trips up to an hour. Organizers hope to attract not just tourists and hipsters but also the "unbanked" and other low-income residents who may not have ridden a bike...

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  • December 26, 2014 | A Green Line Through Queens

    A Green Line Through Queens

    The question is not whether a new park in Queens is a good idea. It’s a spectacular one. The question is whether it is a better idea than a less-flashy alternative — reviving the rail line so people in Queens, particularly in the Rockaways, can get to work without creeping along congested...

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  • December 12, 2014 | MBTA to test expanded student discounts

    MBTA to test expanded student discounts

    The MBTA will begin testing a new discounted fare pass program for teens and college students this summer, a victory for youth transit advocates who have long sought cheaper fares and have staged several protests to make their case.

     

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  • December 12, 2014 | High School Students Request Discounted Bus Passes

    High School Students Request Discounted Bus Passes

    It's important to offer every student an equal opportunity to pursue their education and career," says Hoover High attendee Thong Hoang. "But most low income students don't have access to transportation, and the bus or trolley is their only option."

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  • December 11, 2014 | Equity Data Helped NYC Advocates Expand Transit Access Through Bus Rapid Transit

    Equity Data Helped NYC Advocates Expand Transit Access Through Bus Rapid Transit

    Better policies and more equitable outcomes result when data informs policymaking. In New York City, advocates used data to highlight urgent transit needs and built out the transit system to meet these needs. Maps and charts compiled into a Transportation Equity Atlas provided power visuals of...

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  • December 08, 2014 | Access for the unbanked—equity with electronic tolling and contactless transit payment

    Access for the unbanked—equity with electronic tolling and contactless transit payment

    State DOTs are increasingly moving to all electronic tolling (AET) for roads and bridges. Transit agencies nationwide are also updating fare collection systems, and the trend is towards contactless, cashless fare payment. For both highways and transit these electronic payments often involve...

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  • December 08, 2014 | How to Make Shared-Vehicle Services Accessible to People of All Incomes

    How to Make Shared-Vehicle Services Accessible to People of All Incomes

    Shared transportation options can provide solutions when transit alone is deficient. But by and large, poor people are not taking advantage of those solutions. Here’s how some services have bucked the larger trend and provided transportation for people on a wider range of the income ladder.

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  • December 03, 2014 | Transit workers and riders, unite!

    Transit workers and riders, unite!

    Alliances between transportation unions and riders’ groups are central to a transit justice framework. And they are becoming increasingly important to the future of our cities. If we want to protect living-wage jobs and reliable transportation service, we should reject efforts to put riders and...

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  • November 26, 2014 | Transportation Equity Caucus Lifts Up Advancements in Equitable Transportation

    State and Local Ballot Initiatives Advance Equitable Transportation

    Transportation Equity Caucus held a tele-briefing to learn how state and local transportation ballot initiatives can be used to ensure access to mobility and advance equity in communities across the nation. As we reflect on the recent midterm elections, these initiatives will be more important...

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  • November 23, 2014 | Falling Apart: America’s Neglected Infrastructure

    Falling Apart: America’s Neglected Infrastructure

    Our roads and bridges are crumbling, our airports are out of date and the vast majority of our seaports are in danger of becoming obsolete. All the result of decades of neglect. None of this is really in dispute.  There is still no consensus on how to solve the problem or where to get the...

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  • November 21, 2014 | Puget Sound Transit to offer low-income fare on Link light rail services

    Puget Sound Transit to offer low-income fare on Link light rail services

    The Sound Transit Board Thursday approved a new reduced fare for low income riders on Sound Transit's Link light rail services in Seattle. The new low-income fare category aligns with a new low-income fare on King County Metro bus routes.

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  • November 17, 2014 | Using Equitable Transportation Investments to Support Healthy and Prosperous Communities

    Using Equitable Transportation Investments to Support Healthy and Prosperous Communities

    In Fall 2014, the Transportation Equity Caucus hosted a national tele-conference to explore new local and regional efforts to incorporate health equity in the transportation planning process.  Here’s what we learned from our conversation with health equity advocates leading this work.

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  • November 17, 2014 | Do bike lanes gentrify neighborhoods?

    Do bike lanes gentrify neighborhoods?

    Though cycling advocates are quick to point to the benefits of alternative transit for low-income populations, cities are slow to engage communities about biking (and for that matter, often don’t work to break down some of the cultural and economic barriers that stand in the way).What should...

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  • November 16, 2014 | From Anacostia to Tysons: Many ride Silver Line long and far to jobs in Virginia

    From Anacostia to Tysons: Many ride Silver Line long and far to jobs in Virginia

     A surprisingly large number of long-distance commuters are using the Silver Line to get to Tysons, as well as to the Silver Line station at Wiehle Avenue in Reston, according to an analysis of Metro ridership data by Ben Ross, president of Action Committee for Transit.

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  • November 16, 2014 | Denver’s Affordable Housing Plan Prioritizes Access to Transportation and Jobs

    Denver’s Affordable Housing Plan Prioritizes Access to Transportation and Jobs

    The plan emphasizes proximity to transit and green building standards that promote energy efficiency and water conservation, which provides people of all ages and incomes with improved access to transportation and housing choices. Reducing transportation costs mitigates impacts of automobile...

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  • November 14, 2014 | New York City Launches New Vision Zero Map Tracking Traffic Deaths

    New York City Launches New Vision Zero Map Tracking Traffic Deaths

    Mayor de Blasio's administration has pledged to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries involving cars, bikes and pedestrians throughout the city via Vision Zero, a plan that seeks to eliminate all traffic deaths by 2024. Today, the city unveiled its latest Vision Zero initiative: the Vision Zero...

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  • November 12, 2014 | VCU awarde grant for Building Sustainable Transportation to Access to Fresh Produce

    VCU awarded grant for Building Sustainable Transportation to Access to Fresh Produce

    The team received $25,000 for its project “Green Ride RVA.” The project builds upon the Tricycle Gardens’ Healthy Corner Store Initiative, started by VCU’s winning team in last year’s Ford C3 Challenge. “Green Ride RVA” will expand a sustainable transportation solution to increase community...

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  • November 12, 2014 | Climate change, climate justice

    Climate change, climate justice

    Measures to reduce emissions, such as carbon taxes, must include methods for low-income people to receive tax deductions so that they are not disproportionately affected by it. Clean public transport must be built for all peoples — not just people living near Boston’s Red Line but also people...

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  • October 31, 2014 | Using Bus Rapid Transit to Chart a New Course for Equity and Opportunity

    Using Bus Rapid Transit to Chart a New Course for Equity and Opportunity

    The prospect of a more robust and equitable transportation network may be on the horizon in Richmond, Virginia, where local leaders are making plans to invest in the first bus rapid transit service for the region. By leading with equity, Richmond’s bus rapid transit (BRT) can go a long way...

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  • October 31, 2014 | How Metro-Funding Prop 1 Moves Us Toward the Bus System We Deserve

    How Metro-Funding Prop 1 Moves Us Toward the Bus System We Deserve

    This measure not only expands transit, but it puts equity front and center, funding access to transit for low-income riders: Metro is introducing a low-income fare next spring, and Transportation Proposition 1 incorporates a low-income tax rebate to help working people. That means more access...

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  • October 31, 2014 | Occupy Activist Earns a Seat on the Memphis Transit Board

    Occupy Activist Earns a Seat on the Memphis Transit Board

    The Memphis Bus Riders Union isn’t really a union. It’s not a group of employees; it doesn’t engage in collective bargaining; there aren’t any dues. But the group of grassroots volunteers has nonetheless begun to influence transit policy in a very real way.

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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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