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Patrick Sisson surveyed experts from the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), Overhead Wire, Smart Growth America, the Eno Center for Transportation, and the National Resource Defense Council for examples of "U.S. cities with progressive transit plans or intriguing proposals to solve difficult issues."
The issues include Sisson means to tackle are sustainability, equity, and access to jobs. Local jurisdictions, Sisson writes, are working to tackle these issues with innovative transportation solutions that counteract "state-level inertia."
Examples of transportation innovations include the Strategic Plan for Transportation in Detroit, the Denveright plan in Denver, Los Angeles Metro's push for all-electric buses, and six more examples with planners' attention.