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Archive for the ‘Equity’ Category

Erie, PA: Enhancing Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety

Monday, May 25th, 2015
Erie, PA: Enhancing Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety

Enhancing pedestrian and bicyclist safety on Peninsula Drive, the road to popular Presque Isle State Park in Erie, PA. Watch to learn about the improvements

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America’s Infrastructure is Key to Good Jobs, Economic Security and Quality of Life

Thursday, May 21st, 2015
Richard L. Trumka, President, AFL-CIO

Written by Richard L. Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO
Previous generations built an American infrastructure that was the envy of the world. Since then, we’ve been coasting on the wise investments made decades ago. Now it’s our turn to step up and rebuild that foundation so future generations can have the same opportunities we had…The path forward is not easy or pain free. There are no silver bullets, and ignoring our problems will not make them go away. Yet, while legislators wrestle with responsibly funding the necessary investments, the cost of inaction continues to rise.

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Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities in America’s Heartland

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
Chart 1. Share of rural population in each state.

TRIP
An aging and increasingly diverse rural America plays a vital role as home to a significant share of the nation’s population, natural resources and tourist destinations. It is also the primary source of the energy, food and fiber that drive the U.S. economy. Rural Americans are more reliant on the quality of their transportation system than their urban counterparts.

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It’s About Time: The Transit-Time Penalty and its Racial Implications

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
Twin Cities Homeownership, Poverty, and High School Graduation Rates, by Racial and Ethnic Group

NEIGHBORHOODS ORGANIZING FOR CHANGE
TAKE ACTION MN
ISAIAH
THE CENTER FOR POPULAR DEMOCRACY
Transit has many individual and community benefits—from improved safety and cost savings to enhanced personal and environmental health. However, across the nation, trips to work by public transportation take twice as long as trips to work by single-occupancy vehicle. While 68 percent of commutes by people who drove alone last less than 30 minutes, more than half (53 percent) of public transportation commutes are 45 minutes or longer. These travel-mode disparities have racial outcomes: national data show that people of color rely on public transportation for their commutes at significantly higher rates than whites.

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Delaware: Investing in Infrastructure to Grow the Economy

Monday, May 18th, 2015
Delaware: Investing in Infrastructure to Grow the Economy

“Repairs will only get more expensive and the condition of the roads and bridges we all travel will only worsen the longer we wait,” said Governor Markell. “Along with business and labor leaders across the state, I believe the time to act is now. We’ll create jobs in the short-term and a brighter future for present and future generations.”

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Expanding Opportunity Through Infrastructure Jobs

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
Figure 1: Total Employment, By Selected Industry Sectors, 2013

BROOKINGS INSTITUTION
METROPOLITAN POLICY PROGRAM
The need to invest in U.S. infrastructure has never been clearer, making it all the more critical to take a fresh look at infrastructure’s importance to the labor market, both to drive long-lasting growth and to expand economic opportunity across the entire workforce—two elements often missing from the current narrative on infrastructure and jobs.

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Rutland, VT: Pedestrian Safety

Thursday, May 7th, 2015
Rutland, VT: Pedestrian Safety

In early April, a public assessment was held to identify issues with a historically hazardous stretch of West St. in Rutland, between Wales St. and Pine St. The assessment was inspired by the USDOT’s mayoral challenge. US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx challenged mayors throughout the country to make streets safer for bicyclists and pedestrians. Rutland is the first attempt at tackling this challenge, but we hope other areas throughout Vermont will follow in Rutland’s footsteps. Watch the video to learn more.

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North Dakota: Identifying and Satisfying Mobility Needs

Monday, May 4th, 2015
Figure ES1. Projected Population Growth from 2013 to 2025

UPPER GREAT PLAINS TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE
The intent of this study is to provide North Dakota policy makers with a guide to future development of personal mobility options and to identify gaps that either exist now in mobility services or are likely to exist in the near future as the result of service modifications or changing demographics and population growth. The scope of the study includes local and regional passenger transportation.

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Safer Streets, Stronger Economies

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
Change in automobile trips after Complete Streets improvements.

SMART GROWTH AMERICA
In this study of 37 projects, Smart Growth America found that Complete Streets projects tended to improve safety for everyone, increased biking and walking, and showed a mix of increases and decreases in automobile traffic, depending in part on the project goal. Compared to conventional transportation projects, these projects were remarkably affordable, and were an inexpensive way to achieve transportation goals. In terms of economic returns, the limited data available suggests Complete Streets projects were related to broader economic gains like increased employment and higher property values.

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The WalkUP Wake-Up Call: Boston

Friday, March 13th, 2015
Share of Income Property During the Last Three Real Estate Cycles

SMART GROWTH AMERICA

In the Boston metropolitan area, walkable urbanism adds value.On average, all of the product types studied, including office, retail, hotel, rental apartments, and for-sale housing, have higher values per square foot in walkable urban places than in low-density drivable locations.These price premiums of 20 to 134 percent per square foot are strong indicators of pent-up demand for walkable urbanism.

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