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  • October 11, 2018 | Madison Commons

    Madison Metro Transit Launches Equity Survey

    The City of Madison’s Metro Transit agency launched an online survey on September 28 asking passengers to report on equity in their bus service. According to the Metro Transit web page, the survey was launched to “reflect the goals and values” of Madison’s Racial and Social Justice Initiative.
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  • October 10, 2018 | Chicago Tribune

    Regional Planning Agency Says Racial Inequities Holding Chicago Back

    Unequal access to economic opportunities is holding the Chicago area back. The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's "On to 2050" plan called for investment in the Chicago area's infrastructure that would give residents of all races and economic levels access to jobs, transportation, and...
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  • October 04, 2018 | The Herald Sun

    Durham Wants Scooters Accessible to All

    Electric scooters are spreading in the Triangle. When they arrive in Durham, they won’t just be downtown or just for riders who speak English. The Durham City Council is finalizing regulations and wants to make sure they serve the whole city and Spanish-speaking riders, too.

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  • October 04, 2018 | CityLab

    A Transportation Platform for Chicago's Next Mayor

    Chicago’s upcoming mayoral race—newly wide-open because of the decision of Mayor Rahm Emanuel not to run for reelection—is an exciting opportunity to advance changes that produce a more livable city. That’s a goal that surely every candidate would sign on to. Key to livability is transportation....

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  • September 28, 2018 | StreetsBlog USA

    Ohio Group Offers $olutions for Transit

    Ohio is one of the worst states at supporting transit – but it’s not for lack of money. The latest budget provides just $6.5 million a year towards supporting urban transit across the state. Both Cincinnati and Cleveland’s transit system are facing service cuts and fare hikes thanks to changes...

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  • September 27, 2018 | Government Technology

    Before Cities Can Enforce Multimodal Policies, They Need Good Data

    Companies want to help cities enforce and regulate new mobility devices like e-scooters, bikes, or car-shares by offering up real-time data. Movement through cities is becoming more multimodal — taking the form of bikes, scooters, trams and more — and the management of these transportation...

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  • September 20, 2018 | Next City

    Denver Approves Low-Income Discount for Transit Riders

    Fast-growing Denver is grappling with the equity challenges of rapid growth in a number of ways, from expanding its parks system to providing rental assistance for moderate-income families to move into the city’s glut of luxury condos. The city’s transit-oriented development fund has become a...

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  • September 20, 2018 | Mercury News

    BART's Fare Evasion Fines Hit African-Americans Hardest

    African-American passengers are bearing the brunt of BART’s new fines for riders who fail to pay fares, as they receive tickets at a rate that appears to be far higher than their proportion of overall ridership, data from the agency shows. During a 14-day period in July, African-American riders...

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  • September 19, 2018 | Next City

    Houston Chooses Buses Instead of Light Rail, for Now

    Houstonians have been arguing loudly for several years over plans to expand the city’s light rail system. Now the local transit agency, Houston Metro, has decided to cast its lot mainly with faster buses as the way forward for long-range transit improvements, according to a Houston Chronicle...

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  • September 19, 2018 | Smart Cities Dive

    Minneapolis' Nice Ride Launches Dockless Bike-Share Program

    Although a new, dockless bike-share program is being rolled out throughout the city of Minneapolis, underserved areas are being targeted for the first hubs. Equity is one of the main drivers for Minneapolis' transition to dockless. The goal is to make sure transportation deserts and low-income...

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  • September 18, 2018 | Curbed

    9 Cities with Smart Ideas to Improve Transportation

    Transportation systems don’t just move people around—they can also be catalysts for moving cities forward. But too often, between state-level inertia (see: New York’s inability to cope with New York City’s subway crisis) and the lack of serious federal investment in infrastructure and public...

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  • September 14, 2018 | Curbed Boston

    Chelsea Transportation Issues to Top Agenda for MBTA Oversight Board

    The glacial pace and the frequent overcrowding (and cancellations) of the No. 111 bus from Revere to Haymarket will top the agenda of the MBTA’s oversight committee. The debate over the 111 highlights what is sometimes called transportation equity as Chelsea residents endure a lot more than MBTA...

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  • September 11, 2018 | Colorado Public Radio

    RTD Panel Approves More 'Equitable' Train, Bus Fare Overhaul

    A Regional Transportation District board committee recently approved major changes for its train and bus passes, aimed at making them more equitable. The proposal has been in the works for more than a year and a half, and has had input from a working group made up of a wide variety of advocacy...

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  • September 06, 2018 | KSRO

    Lyft Enters The Scooter Race By Launching In Denver

    Ride share company Lyft is entering the scooter arms race, marked by launching its scooter rental program in Denver. Lyft co-founders John Zimmer and Logan Green detailed their ambitions in a public post in July, stressing transportation equity and sustainability, intending for Lyft bikes and...

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  • August 23, 2018 | Smart & Resilient Cities

    Lime Moves toward Transportation Equity

    Lime has announced "a pivotal step" towards ensuring transportation equity in the communities it serves. In a recent blog post detailing the news, the company, a shared mobility solution provider, said that it is expanding its Lime Access program to include 50 percent off of Lime’s entire fleet...

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  • August 22, 2018 | Second Wave Media

    Carefully-Planned Mobility Makes Transportation Accessible for All

    Electric scooters and bike shares are increasingly offering up alternatives for short trips in Detroit's urban center. For workers, shoppers, or visitors, MoGo and Bird create affordable last-mile solutions to supplement public transportation and private vehicle use. Mobility innovations have...

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  • August 01, 2018 | StreetsBlog USA

    The Atlanta Suburbs May Finally Be on Board for Transit

    Gwinnett County lawmakers approve a tax-hike referendum for the March ballot. The times – and maybe even the suburbs! – are a-changin: Lawmakers in Georgia’s historically anti-transit Gwinnett County approved a ballot initiative for a one-cent sales tax hike to bring heavy rail and bus rapid...

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  • July 31, 2018 | GOVERNING Magazine

    Transit Equity Starts at Home, Not in Washington

    A federal law has done little to advance transportation fairness for low-income communities. Progress is up to local leaders. Questions of fairness have always been central to public transit. Decisions about whether to raise fares or cut service or about the geography of transit expansion have...

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  • July 29, 2018 | CommonWealth Magazine

    Transportation Equity: Is It A Good Thing?

    Those who fear displacement don’t see it that way. What do we think about when we think about transportation equity? There is regional equity, modal funding equity, ridership equity, and then there is social equity. Fundamentally, social equity relates not simply to treating all people fairly,...

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