This webinar will discuss why federal infrastructure investments matter and how these investments can advance equity and economic opportunity; lift up examples of infrastructure projects already underway that are improving communities and investing in workers who face barriers to employment; and share guiding principles for fair and equitable federal infrastructure investments.| More >
In many cities, there is much debate about defining and identifying gentrification. There is also a lively debate about the relationship between economic development activities, like new retail or corridor revitalization, and displacement of residents and local businesses. Many city leaders struggle with how to understand how gentrification and displacement impacts their residents, especially...| More >
Ensuring Equity-Centered Provisions in Upcoming Infrastructure Proposals: A Strategy Discussion Webinar
- In this strategy discussion on crafting an infrastructure proposal that would serve as an opportunity to improve the social determinants of health and quality of life for underserved families and communities, experts explored the tools and policy mechanisms that can be used to address health and economic disparities and identified strategies to ensure equity is built into infrastructure...
Perspectives on Advancing Economic and Social Equity in Federal Transportation Policy: Briefing papers for the 10/25/12 Forum of the Equity Caucus at Transportation for America
- Clarifies the definition of AFFH to include actions that...
While the Fair Housing Act has largely succeeded in outlawing overt housing discrimination, it has been less effective in promoting equal opportunity, in large part because of a lack of clarity and technical support surrounding the mandate to “affirmatively further” fair housing goals.
The AFFH rule provides much-needed clarification of the Fair Housing Act and provides support to HUD grantees...| More >
In this table, you will find examples of the different types of stakeholders that could be included in the AFH and what expertise and assets they may bring. You will find information on the kinds of data they might have access to, resources and in-kind support they might leverage and policies or programs they could implement to increase access to opportunity and promote fair housing.
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Breaking Down Barriers to Opportunity: Transportation and the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule PowerPoint Presentation
Presentation by the Transportation Learning Center on the future workforce needs in the transportation industry.| More >
Valerie Wilson from the Economic Policy Institute presents data to illustrate the share of jobs created from transportation investments that will be filled by African Americans and Hispanics.| More >
For Americans with Disabilities many transportation services remain stuck in neutral. For many Americans with Disabilities the prospects and possibilities for going to and from work, school and recreational activities are stuck in neutral. NCD’s report addresses the broad range of surface transportation, including these, and makes recommendations policymakers should use to address these...| More >
This report shows the numerous economic benefits to the state of Maryland that the Red Line and the Purple Line would deliver. Each tangible benefit tells just one piece of the full story of these projects. Taken together, the evidence is overwhelming that the Red and Purple Lines are a vital investment in Maryland’s future.| More >
PolicyLink is pleased that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has issued guidance for the capital investment grants that (1) prioritize mobility and connectedness for low-income people and transit-dependent populations; and (2) incentivizes the provision of affordable housing close to public transportation.| More >
Adequate federal transportation investments can lay a strong foundation for economic growth and expand opportunity for millions of people. Strategic federal investments in transportation can transform struggling communities, unleash untapped human potential, and promote local economic development to allow all people to thrive. When transportation funding decisions are driven by economic and...| More >
Statement for the Hearing Record: “Dead End, No Turn Around, Danger Ahead: Challenges to the Future of Highway Funding”
As members of the Transportation Equity Caucus, a diverse coalition of organizations promoting policies that ensure access, mobility, and opportunity for all, we appreciate the opportunity to submit this statement for the record today to express our priorities for the financing of the Highway Trust Fund.| More >
This webinar is a discussion of equity and transportation. How can we measure the equity impacts of transportation investments? And how can we ensure that walking and biking investments meaningfully address the mobility and safety needs of urban and rural disadvantaged communities while not directly or indirectly leading to the displacement of low-income residents?
The Transportation Equity Caucus applauds President Obama for raising the critical issue of long-term, sustained investment in transportation infrastructure during his State of the Union address.| More >
Statement for the record submitted to the House of Respresentatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure hearing, Jan 14, 2014.| More >
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 power of public transit to link marginalized communities to opportunities throughout a region with differentially located assets.| More >
Transportation infrastructure is a critical link to ensuring opportunity for all—connecting us to jobs, housing, health care, and grocery stores. Even more, transportation planning and investment decisions—what we build, where it is placed, and who builds it—are central to creating equitable communities. Local leaders are maximizing economic and social equity benefits by leveraging...| More >
Across the country, new light rail and bus rapid transit (BRT) projects are creating faster and more affordable transportation options for low-income residents and people of color. In several cities, these projects are also expanding opportunities for small, local, minority-, women-, and immigrant-owned businesses to reach new customers and benefit from the streetscape and other new...| More >
Transcript of the Transportation Equity Caucus July 1, 2014 webinar on Transportation Equity: A 21st Century Civil Rights Issue| More >
The Transportation Equity Caucus hosted a webinar to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and to explore intersections between civil rights and transportation. During the webinar equity advocates in Ohio, South Carolina, and Wisconsin discussed steps taken by local communities to use civil rights statues to ensure federal transportation investments are fair and...| More >
Audio and transcript of the Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity August 7, 2014 audio call on Building Bridges to Economic Opportunity: Using Transportation to Connect People to Work
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Affordable and accessible transportation connects people to jobs, schools, affordable housing, health care, grocery stores, and other basic necessities. The Obama administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation recently proposed major transportation legislation to address the urgent transit challenges facing urban, suburban, and rural communities. At the same time, local leaders are...| More >
PolicyLink is pleased to offer the following comments on the proposed rulemaking on Statewide, Nonmetropolitan, and Metropolitan Transportation Planning to the U.S Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Authority (FTA).| More >
The State of Transit in New Orleans: The Need for a More Efficient, Equitable, and Sustainable System
Ride New Orleans’ analysis in this report highlights several critical findings.
- By the end of 2012, just 36% of the pre-Katrina transit service offered by the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA) in 2005 had been restored – although 86% of New Orleans’ population had returned to the city.
- Service reductions have been worst in areas where transit service is needed most: low-income...
On behalf of the members and constituents of 9to5, National Association of Working Women, the following comments are offered on proposed rulemaking on Statewide, Nonmetropolitan, and Metropolitan Transportation Planning to the U.S Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Authority (FTA).| More >
Comments Submitted by Enterprise Community Partners on Proposed State and Metropolitan Planning Guidance
Enterprise Community Partners (Enterprise) appreciates the opportunity to comment on the joint Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) – Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Proposed Rule for Statewide and Nonmetropolitan Planning and Metropolitan Transportation Planning| More >
Comments Submitted by National Housing Conference on Proposed State and Metropolitan Planning Guidance
The National Housing Conference (NHC) appreciates the opportunity to comment on the joint Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) – Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Proposed Rule for Statewide and Nonmetropolitan Planning and Metropolitan Transportation Planning.| More >
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is pleased to submit comments on the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for Statewide and Nonmetropolitan Transportation Planning and Metropolitan Transportation Planning documents. This NPRM sets the stage for regions to establish a framework for efficient planning...| More >
Transportation is a critical link to ensuring opportunity for all connecting us to jobs, schools, housing, health care, and grocery stores. Even more, transportation planning and investment decisions; what we build, where it is placed, and who builds it – is central to creating equitable regions. Urban and rural communities that have sought to target transportation resources to places and...| More >
Shared-mobility programs like bike-share and car-share have significant potential to benefit low-income users, yet often do not reach that population. This report examines the specific opportunities and challenges facing shared mobility programs in expanding services to low-income communities.| More >
Comments Submitted by PolicyLink to USDOT on National Performance Measures for the Highway Safety Improvement Program
PolicyLink is pleased to offer the following comments on the proposed rulemaking on the National Performance Management Measures for the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). As a leader in the movement to build more equitable infrastructures, PolicyLink is supportive of policies and investments...| More >
Untapped Resources, Untapped Labor Pool: Using Federal Highway Funds to Prepare Women for Careers in Construction
Federal highway funding offers states a stable resource that can support activities that improve women’s entry into and success in the construction trades. This briefing highlights examples of how two states, Maryland and Oregon, are using this funding to improve diversity in the highway construction workforce. The briefing paper is based on a review of literature, pre-apprenticeship...| More >
9to5 Colorado spoke with residents living in the West Corridor of RTD’s light rail expansion. This report highlights key community concerns of affordability, safety, schedule changes, and gentrification among low-income communities. Additionally, it provides recommendations for an equitable, just, and accessible transit system along the Front Range.| More >
Today, we are excited to release our report, “Smart Transit for a Strong Economy: Why New Orleans Should Invest in a CBD Transit Hub“. The report highlights the current situation at the downtown transit hub, features solutions from other cities that have taken advantage of federal funding opportunities and public-private partnerships to invest in their downtown transit hubs and supports our...| More >
Many local activist groups like the NAACP and LEAD (Leaders for Equality and Action in Dayton) held a planned protest to send a message to Beavercreek City Council to put bus stops on Pentagon Boulevard. Supporters of the issue say people who rely on public transportation can't retain jobs, services and educational opportunities in Beavercreek because of the lack of bus stops there.| More >
The Southern Coalition for Social Justice submits this complaint against the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SC DOT) under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on behalf of Southernside Neighborhoods In Action.
SNIA requests that U.S. DOT’s Office of Civil Rights investigate SC DOT’s decision-making process for consistency with its Title VI and Environmental Justice...| More >
The Milwaukee Inner-City Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH) challenged a decision of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) to make improvements to the “Zoo Interchange,” which is a part of the Interstate Highway System located in the Milwaukee Metropolitan Area.
The organization contended that the agencies failed to prepare an...| More >
City Cyclists Ride More Safely: An Observational Study of Biking Behavior in Lower and Central Manhattan
During the last decade a large number of towns and cities across the country have undertaken major initiatives to promote cycling. One of the most prominent examples of this trend is New York City which has devoted enormous resources to encourage cycling. Several factors are contributing to the movement to increase cycling as an alternative means of transportation.| More >
A Call For Florida To Assure Transparency, Accountability And Equity In The Use Of Economic Recovery Funds
Through the ARRA, an unprecedented volume of resources will be dispensed. The variety of government levels, agencies, and programs through which funds will be channeled, and the range of economic need throughout the country all represent the exceptional challenge of allocating the Recovery Act money. These precious resources must be clearly useful, have impact, and demonstrate to the public...| More >
Filling the Financing Gap for Equitable Transit-Oriented Development describes the key components of a model system for equitable TOD, the most common challenges regional actors face in moving equitable TOD projects forward and a variety of strategies partners can use to address these challenges. The report includes recommendations for approaches to leveraging public and private funds,...| More >
This publication provides a great introduction to Minnesota's environmental policy framework. It is not an advocacy document, and does not include specific positions on controversial environmental issues. For that, please contact MCEA directly, or peruse the rest of this website.| More >
Taking Initiative In Our Neighborhoods From Peer Mentorship to Network Building: Ten Years of Building Capacity in AAPI Communities
This paper outlines the successes of the ACTION TA Program and the vision of the program moving forward. This program has built upon the existing strengths in AAPI communities to develop a vibrant, nationally networked, community-based infrastructure that supports a more just and inclusive nation. We hope that this paper is a useful resource for foundations, corporations, government agencies,...| More >
The fair housing investigation—commissioned by NCLR and conducted by ERC in Birmingham, Alabama; Atlanta, Georgia; and San Antonio, Texas—explores the extent to which Latinos are subject to adverse and differential treatment when trying to secure rental housing or buy a home. The investigation utilized a “matched pair” methodology, where Hispanic and White non-Hispanic testers with virtually...| More >
Valuing Our Western Public Lands: Safeguarding Our Economy and Way of Life America's Public Lands Are A Valuable Asset
In this report, the National Wildlife Federation explores the “value” of America’s public lands. As a noun, “value” refers to monetary worth. As a verb, “value” refers to the act of appreciating and treasuring something. This report compiles and summarizes data from a growing body of research on the value of public lands, which confirms that public lands are vital to the nation’s economic...| More >
This report, issued May 16, 2013, by the Alameda County Department of Public Health, finds significant public health impacts on bus riders resulting from service cuts and fare hikes.| More >
According to the report Endangered By Sprawl: How Runaway Development Threatens America’s Wildlife, produced by the National Wildlife Federation, Smart Growth America, and NatureServe, the rapid conversion of once-natural areas and farmland into subdivisions, shopping centers, roads and parking lots has become a leading threat to America’s native plants and animals.| More >
An updated analysis of US Census Bureau data finds that more than half of fully-retired, elder-only households are economically insecure. While the threat of economic insecurity affects elders of all backgrounds, it varies substantially by gender, race, age, household composition and other characteristics. In order to assess the economic security of today’s older adults, WOW compares actual...| More >