Leverage Transportation Investments to Support Fair and Inclusive Access to Jobs

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Transportation infrastructure is a critical link to ensuring opportunity for all—connecting us to jobs, housing, health care, and grocery stores. Even more, transportation planning and investment decisions—what we build, where it is placed, and who builds it—are central to creating equitable communities. Local leaders are maximizing economic and social equity benefits by leveraging transportation improvements to expand access to transportation jobs for historically under-represented groups (i.e. people with disabilities, low-income communities, communities of color, and women).

In honor of 2014 Infrastructure Week, the Transportation Equity Caucus hosted a webinar on workforce inclusion in the transportation sector. Equity leaders across the country discussed how they developed and implemented local strategies that connected disadvantaged workers to quality jobs in the transportation sector, and the impact that these decisions had on creating healthy, sustainable communities of opportunity.  

Transportation Equity: A 21st Century Civil Rights Issue (Transcript)

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Transcript of the Transportation Equity Caucus July 1, 2014 webinar on Transportation Equity: A 21st Century Civil Rights Issue

Transportation Equity: A 21st Century Civil Rights Issue

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The Transportation Equity Caucus hosted a webinar to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and to explore intersections between civil rights and transportation. During the webinar equity advocates in Ohio, South Carolina, and Wisconsin discussed steps taken by local communities to use civil rights statues to ensure federal transportation investments are fair and inclusive.  Additional resources related to the webinar are provided below. 

Online resources related to the local examples presented during the webinar

Hampton Ave Bridge Complaint Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Part 1)

Hampton Ave Bridge Complaint Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Part 2)

Transit-based Opportunity—Lessons from Dayton

Beavercreek Complaint Filed Under Title VI of Civil Rights Act of 1964

Response from Federal Highway Administration on Title VI Complaint: Beavercreek Ohio

People March for Bus Stops in Beavercreek

$13.5 Million Transportation Victory: Central city residents will benefit from new bus routes that will connect riders to suburban job hubs

Decision on Title VI Complaint of the Milwaukee Zoo Interchange

 

Online resources from US Department of Transportation

Background on Environmental Justice and Title VI

Guidance on Environmental Justice & National Environmental Policy Act

Federal Highway Administration Order on Environmental Justice

Federal Transit Administration Circular on Environmental Justice

Fact Sheet on Environmental JusticeFact Sheet on Civil Rights

Disadvantaged Communities Teach Regional Planners a Lesson in Equitable and Sustainable Development

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This article describes how San Francisco Bay Area advocates for affordable housing, public transit, public health and other social equity outcomes came together to show that a more equitable plan is better for the climate and for low-income communities.

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

 

 

The State of Transit in New Orleans: The Need for a More Efficient, Equitable, and Sustainable System

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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 neighborhoods, communities of color, and areas where people have less access to personal vehicles
  3. The RTA’s  is operating at a significant deficit every year and will soon run out of cash reserve funds. Some of the basic causes of the deficit are clear: our transit system costs more to operate than comparable systems and it charges lower fares. Yet, to date, the conversation about correcting the deficit has centered only on a potential fare increase. The findings in this report indicate that any sustainable solution to the deficit will need to involve lowering the costs of service as well as increasing revenues of all types.

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.

City Cyclists Ride More Safely: An Observational Study of Biking Behavior in Lower and Central Manhattan

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During the last decade a large number of towns and cities across the country have undertaken major initiatives to promote cycling. One of the most prominent examples of this trend is New York City which has devoted enormous resources to encourage cycling. Several factors are contributing to the movement to increase cycling as an alternative means of transportation.

People March for Bus Stops in Beavercreek

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Many local activist groups like the NAACP and LEAD (Leaders for Equality and Action in Dayton) held a planned protest to send a message to Beavercreek City Council to put bus stops on Pentagon Boulevard. Supporters of the issue say people who rely on public transportation can't retain jobs, services and educational opportunities in Beavercreek because of the lack of bus stops there.

Hampton Ave Bridge Complaint Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Part 2)

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The Southern Coalition for Social Justice submits the following information to supplement its January 22, 2013, complaint against the South Carolina Department of Transportation (hereinafter, “SC DOT”) under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 

Hampton Ave Bridge Complaint Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Part 1)

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The Southern Coalition for Social Justice submits this complaint against the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SC DOT) under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on behalf of Southernside Neighborhoods In Action.

SNIA requests that U.S. DOT’s Office of Civil Rights investigate SC DOT’s decision-making process for consistency with its Title VI and Environmental Justice obligations, specifically in regards to the Hampton Avenue Bridge demolition, which was announced on July 26, 2012.

The Hampton Avenue Bridge demolition is the latest in a series of SC DOT transportation decisions which restrict Southernside residents, in a discriminatory manner, from accessing and benefiting from the surrounding Greenville community.

Decision on Title VI Complaint of the Milwaukee Zoo Interchange

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The Milwaukee Inner-City Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH) challenged a decision of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) to make improvements to the “Zoo Interchange,” which is a part of the Interstate Highway System located in the Milwaukee Metropolitan Area.

The organization contended that the agencies failed to prepare an adequate environmental impact statement before deciding to proceed with the project, in violation of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). Thus,  MICAH  sought an order prohibiting the agencies from taking further action in connection with the project pending a final decision on the merits of this case. This is the courts decision on the injunction requested by MICAH.

A Call For Florida To Assure Transparency, Accountability And Equity In The Use Of Economic Recovery Funds

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Through the ARRA, an unprecedented volume of resources will be dispensed. The variety of government levels, agencies, and programs through which funds will be channeled, and the range of economic need throughout the country all represent the exceptional challenge of allocating the Recovery Act money. These precious resources must be clearly useful, have impact, and demonstrate to the public that government action can result in public good. To build public trust and community level ownership, steps must be taken to ensure transparent and accountable allocation of the Recovery Act’s resources. To be effective, the investments must be targeted and clearly address structural equity issues.

Filling the Financing Gap for Equitable Transit-Oriented Development

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Filling the Financing Gap for Equitable Transit-Oriented Development describes the key components of a model system for equitable TOD, the most common challenges regional actors face in moving equitable TOD projects forward and a variety of strategies partners can use to address these challenges. The report includes recommendations for approaches to leveraging public and private funds, coordinating multiple actors, involving the community and managing issues around land use and assembly. LIIF and Enterprise co-authored the paper with support from Living Cities.

ABCs of Environmental Policy

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 This publication provides a great introduction to Minnesota's environmental policy framework. It is not an advocacy document, and does not include specific positions on controversial environmental issues. For that, please contact MCEA directly, or peruse the rest of this website.

Taking Initiative In Our Neighborhoods From Peer Mentorship to Network Building: Ten Years of Building Capacity in AAPI Communities

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This paper outlines the successes of the ACTION TA Program and the vision of the program moving forward. This program has built upon the existing strengths in AAPI communities to develop a vibrant, nationally networked, community-based infrastructure that supports a more just and inclusive nation. We hope that this paper is a useful resource for foundations, corporations, government agencies, and others who seek to effectively reach diverse low-income AAPI families and individuals, and invest in the communities in which they live.

Puertas Cerradas: Housing Barriers for Hispanics

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The fair housing investigation—commissioned by NCLR and conducted by ERC in Birmingham, Alabama; Atlanta, Georgia; and San Antonio, Texas—explores the extent to which Latinos are subject to adverse and differential treatment when trying to secure rental housing or buy a home. The investigation utilized a “matched pair” methodology, where Hispanic and White non-Hispanic testers with virtually identical profiles interacted with housing agents in a variety of scenarios. The results revealed that Latino testers experienced at least one type of adverse, differential treatment in 95 of the 225 tests (42%) that were conducted in these three cities.

Valuing Our Western Public Lands: Safeguarding Our Economy and Way of Life America's Public Lands Are A Valuable Asset

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In this report, the National Wildlife Federation explores the “value” of America’s public lands.  As a noun, “value” refers to monetary worth.  As a verb, “value” refers to the act of appreciating and treasuring something. This report compiles and summarizes data from a growing body of research on the value of public lands, which confirms that public lands are vital to the nation’s economic health and deeply valued by the American public. 

Getting on Board for Health: A Health Impact Assessment of Bus Funding and Access

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This report, issued May 16, 2013, by the Alameda County Department of Public Health, finds significant public health impacts on bus riders resulting from service cuts and fare hikes.

Endangered by Sprawl: How Runway Development Threatens America's Wildlife

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According to the report Endangered By Sprawl: How Runaway Development Threatens America’s Wildlife, produced by the National Wildlife Federation, Smart Growth America, and NatureServe, the rapid conversion of once-natural areas and farmland into subdivisions, shopping centers, roads and parking lots has become a leading threat to America’s native plants and animals.

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