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

Overview

The following briefs have been prepared by several leading transportation researchers to inform the
dialogue during a forum hosted by the Equity Caucus at Transportation for America in Washington DC
on October 25th, 2012.

Transportation For People With Disabilities: Summary and Recommendations

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Transportation is a critical issue for people with disabilities and is an essential component of equitable communities.The draft principles and issues outlined  in this summary can serve as a starting point as the workgroup continues their efforts to prioritize issues and create action steps towards change.

RE: Comments on April-May 2015 FTA Capital Investment Grant Rulemaking [Docket No. FTA–2015–0007]

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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.

Testimony from The Transportation Equity Caucus Statement for House Ways and Means Hearing

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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 social equity, we can build transportation system that works for everyone, regardless of income, race or zip code.

Statement for the Hearing Record: “Dead End, No Turn Around, Danger Ahead: Challenges to the Future of Highway Funding”

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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.

Active Transportation and Equity: Key Challenges and Opportunities from the Field

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As the United States is wrestling with race and class in many arenas, these issues have come to the forefront in the world of walking, bicycling, and Safe Routes to School. Straight talk on equity is welcome when it comes to active transportation, health and safety -- but what does equity and active transportation mean in practice at the local and regional level? Join the National Partnership's webinar to hear why equity is crucial in the world of active transportation, how equity is being prioritized in the field, and learn about best practices in bridging the gap between community need and active transportation's benefits.
 
Speakers:
• Sara Zimmerman, Technical Assistance Director, Safe Routes to School National Partnership
• Pedro Arista, Program Manager, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum
• Tamika Butler, Executive Director, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition
• Alyia Smith-Parker, Senior Associate, Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, National League of Cities
This webinar is part of a regular series of free webinars brought to you by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership on topics related to Safe Routes to School and other policy and program initiatives that can increase walking and bicycling to school and in daily life.
 

Rebuilding America's Infrastructure Starts with Transportation

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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.

Comments Submitted by PolicyLink on U.S. DOT's Proposed State and Metropolitan Planning Guidance

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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). 

Comments Submitted by Enterprise Community Partners on Proposed State and Metropolitan Planning Guidance

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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

Comments Submitted by National Housing Conference on Proposed State and Metropolitan Planning Guidance

Overview

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.

Natural Resources Defense Council Comments on State and Metropolitan Planning Guidance

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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 and better use of both federal and local resources to create a coordinated metropolitan planning structure.

Can Shared Mobility Help Low-Income People Access Opportunity?

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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.

Comments Submitted by PolicyLink to USDOT on National Performance Measures for the Highway Safety Improvement Program

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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 that enhance access to safe and reliable transportation options. Moreover, safe, accessible transportation infrastructure – including streets, crosswalks and sidewalks – are critical to connecting people to economic opportunity.

Smart Transit for a Strong Economy: Why New Orleans Should Invest in a CBD Transit Hub

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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 position that we must re-imagine our central transit hub as more than just a utilitarian place for buses and passengers, but as a gateway into the surrounding community through which many citizens and visitors pass.  As such, it deserves to leave a powerful impression as a matter of civic pride.

Building Bridges to Economic Opportunity (Transcript)

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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

 

 

All Aboard: Making Equity Central in Transportation Planning

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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 people most in need have successfully maximized economic, environmental, and social equity benefits for the entire region. This webinar focused on how to incorporate equity into the transportation decision-making process in order to foster just and fair inclusion.