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

Overview

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.
 

Equity and Transportation

Overview

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?

Governments and transportation agencies are growing more aware of the need to evaluate the equity impacts of transportation investments. To date, no concise framework or consistent measures have been developed for doing so. Such measures would aid in building a transportation system that provides fair access for all to jobs, goods, services, schools and other important destinations.

Mary Ebeling from SSTI speaks about early work on measuring various dimensions of transportation equity, including affordability, health and safety impacts, and ultimately accessibility across multiple modes. Erika Rincon-Whitcomb from PolicyLink speaks to background on the national transportation equity landscape, focusing on trends and opportunities in the federal arena. She also speaks about her work on prioritizing equity in California’s Active Transportation Program.

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.

Transit-based Opportunity—Lessons from Dayton

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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.

Business Impact Mitigations for Transit Projects

Overview

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 investments in their neighborhoods.

This report outlines successful strategies that have been used to help businesses survive and thrive in two cities—Seattle, Washington, and St. Paul, Minnesota—that have recently built extensive new light rail lines through neighborhoods rich with small, local, minority- and immigrant-owned businesses.

Building Bridges to Economic Opportunity (Audio and Transcript)

Overview

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 exploring strategies aimed at helping low-income people in communities where lack of transportation is a major barrier to economic opportunity. 

Spotlight on Poverty & OpportunityPolicyLinkThe Leadership Conference Education Fund, the Transportation Equity Caucus, the Center for Social Inclusion, the Amalgamated Transit Union, and the Coalition on Human Needs will host a national audio conference to explore several examples of nationwide and local action on this issue:

Sheila Williams of the Memphis Bus Riders Union will speak about the organization’s efforts  to expand transportation options for disadvantaged workers to commute to work.  

Shefali Ranganathan of the PolicyLink will highlight the efforts of the The Leadership Conference) to advance a national agenda for equitable transportation investment.

Adie Tomer, Senior Research Associate and Associate Fellow at The Brookings Institution's Listen to the audio conference here

Read transcript for the audio conference here

Read blog post about the audio conference here

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 9to5 on U.S. DOT's Proposed State and Metropolitan Planning Guidance

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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).

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

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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.

The New Movement: Bike Equity Today

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This report is the culmination of several years of efforts within the League to elevate community voices to the national advocacy stage and show the existing diversity in the bike movement. For this publication, we have interviewed dozens of individuals and organizations, as well as tapped previous blog posts, magazine articles, reports and more. 

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.

Untapped Resources, Untapped Labor Pool: Using Federal Highway Funds to Prepare Women for Careers in Construction

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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 state-level evaluations and progress reports, and interviews with key stakeholders from Oregon, the tradeswomen community, and the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Job Displacement and the Duration of Joblessness: The Role of Spatial Mismatch

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This paper presents a new approach to the measurement of the effects of spatial mismatch that takes advantage of matched employer-employee administrative data integrated with a person-specific job accessibility measure, as well as demographic and neighborhood characteristics. The basic hypothesis is that if spatial mismatch is present, then improved accessibility to appropriate jobs should shorten the duration of unemployment. 

Left at the Station: A Civil Rights Perspective on Transit Justice in the Front Range

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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.

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.

Rail-Trail Supreme Court Decision

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On March 10, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision in the case involving a rail corridor formerly on federal land that is now privately owned (Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust et al. v. United States). The ruling affects a specific type of rail corridor that does not meet the criteria below.

Building the Foundation for Surface Transportation Reauthorization

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Statement for the record submitted to the House of Respresentatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure hearing, Jan 14, 2014. 

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