Reports | TransitCenter | 2015

Subsidizing Congestion: The Multibillion-Dollar Tax Subsidy That's Making Your Commute Worse

 The federal government provides subsidies through the tax code for employer-provided and employer-paid automobile parking,
transit passes, and some other commuter expenses, but it does so in ways that run counter to the nation’s overall transportation goals. 
Those who receive the greatest tax savings from the transit benefit are not the low-income and working Americans who depend on...
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Reports | 2014

Business Impact Mitigations for Transit Projects

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...

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Categories: Workforce
Reports | Institute for Women's Policy Research | 2014

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...

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Reports | Ride New Orleans | 2014

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Service reductions have been worst in areas where transit service is needed most: low-income...
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