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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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  • July 25, 2018 | Curbed San Francisco

    Muni Plans Better Service for Low-Income Riders, People with Disabilities

    San Francisco MTA (SFMTA) reforms also single out neighborhoods with significant minority populations. As reported in the San Francisco Examiner, City Hall is making plans to improve Muni service specifically aimed at low-income neighborhoods, people with disabilities, and communities of color....

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  • July 24, 2018 | WGBH

    Bike-Share Equity in Boston, A Work in Progress

    Dorchester is home to nearly a fifth of Boston’s population, but only has about a dozen bike-share docks – that’s if you count the southernmost one at the Franklin Park Zoo. The current inventory leaves out neighborhoods farther south including Ashmont Hill, Neponset, Codman Square and Lower...

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  • July 20, 2018 | Crosscut

    SDOT Pushes Equity as Thousands More Dockless Bikes Roll In

    City of Seattle officials hope new bike share regulations widen access in low-income areas and ease parking woes. As they prepare to potentially allow double the number of dockless bike share bikes on Seattle streets, city transportation officials hope to address two big issues: equity and parking.

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  • July 19, 2018 | Curbed

    Bird Scooters to Offer Discounted Rides to Low-Income Riders

    The One Bird program comes as other micromobility startups are proposing programs for more environmental and social equity. Bird, the rapidly expanding scooter startup, just announced a new program to subsidize rides for underserved communities and promote transit equity.

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  • July 17, 2018 | Curbed

    Lyft Sees a Future with More Bikes and Scooters, and Fewer Cars

    Lyft made a big move to not only live up to its founders’ lofty ideals, but to stake a claim as a more multimodal, sustainable transportation company that supports transit equity and safer streets. Lyft’s cofounders outlined Lyft’s new approach to integrating bikes and scooters into its suite of...

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  • July 12, 2018 | Curbed Seattle

    Seattle Plans Long-Term Rules for Private Bike Shares

    After evaluating a pilot program, the city is adjusting its expectations for bike-share operators. Seattle will soon have new rules that will govern how bike-share companies operate in the city long-term—and could pave the way for additional bike-share companies coming to Seattle. For instance,...

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  • June 29, 2018 | CityLab

    Lyft Is Reaching L.A. Neighborhoods Where Taxis Wouldn't

    With a rare look at trip data from the ride-hailing giant, a UCLA researcher finds promising equity results. For decades, racial discrimination by cab drivers has left black riders, in particular, waiting longer for pick-ups, having their destinations refused, and flat-out ignored, studies show....

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  • June 19, 2018 | Brookings

    The Route School Buses Can Take Toward Racial Equity

    Kids go to school to get an education and increase their future job opportunities. But how they get to school is a crucial, underappreciated detail that can make a world of difference to the communities where schools are located. Earlier this month, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced...

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  • June 18, 2018 | Smart Cities Dive

    How AVs Could Be a Boon to Transit Equity and Efficiency

    At the Meeting of the Minds Mobility Summit last week, speakers emphasized the need for equitable access to transportation and how microtransit can be a good avenue for autonomous vehicle usage. The growth of autonomous vehicle (AV) usage around the country can benefit cities and their public...

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  • June 14, 2018 | WCPO

    Metro Bus Advocates Installing Pop-Up Benches at Bus Stops

    Little benches are popping up around the city, carrying what organizers hope will be a loud message. Handwritten in permanent marker across each of the handmade, unpainted benches' seats, the message reads, "This bench supports bus riders more than the city does." Cam Hardy heads the Better Bus...

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  • June 11, 2018 | Chicago Reporter

    Instead of Extending the Red Line, Some See Promise in the Metra Electric

    Uncertainty around federal funding to extend the Chicago Transit Authority’s Red Line to the city’s southern limits has sparked discussions on whether to build the $2.3 billion extension at all or find alternatives to improve transit for Far South Side residents. South Side resident Michael...

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  • June 08, 2018 | CityLab

    New York City Will Cut Transit Fares for Low-Income Riders

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council speaker Corey Johnson have reached a deal, as of yet unannounced, to provide reduced-fare transit cards to low-income residents, the New York Times reported Thursday. Under the terms of the agreement, those living below the federal poverty...

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  • June 06, 2018 | StreetsBlog Chicago

    Transportation Planning Needs to Become Less "Stale, Pale, and Male"

    During his keynote speech at the Transport Chicago conference, Equiticity founder and president Oboi Reed called for increased ownership of the transportation planning process in areas populated by “black, brown, and indigenous people of color.” He argued that one reason why...

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  • June 02, 2018 | Washington Post

    Are Dockless Bikeshare Systems Changing Washington's Biking Culture?

    The new dockless bike-share companies that have taken off in the District are attracting a different kind of customer than the traditional Capital Bikeshare system: Their riders are more racially diverse, slightly younger and less affluent, according to transportation officials and an academic...

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  • May 30, 2018 | StreetsBlog USA

    What Happened When a Detroit Politician Rode the Bus to Work

    Detroit transit is famous for all the wrong reasons. To get to the sprawled-out suburbs where the jobs are, people without access to a car have to make multiple transfers on routes operated by different agencies, often with long, long walks in between. Despite recent campaigns to create a...

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