Chicago Commute

The Right to Mobility

As we consider how to decarbonize transportation, preserving mobility, especially for lower- and middle-income people, must be a priority.

January 26, 2023 - Angie Schmitt

Close-up of Brooklyn Bridge station elevator

New York City Subway Pledges To Increase Accessibility

After two lawsuits, the New York subway system has announced a 33-year timeline for making 95 percent of its stations fully accessible.

June 23, 2022 - The New York Times

San Francisco Parklet

How the Pandemic Is Reshaping Cities

The social and economic upheaval of the last two years accelerated a shift in thinking about how we use public space and organize the urban realm.

January 4, 2022 - Wired


Opinion: To Increase Equity, Make Buses Free

With buses as a dominant transport mode for low-income households and "essential workers," free fares would increase access to economic opportunities and free up limited income for cash-strapped commuters.

October 12, 2021 - NextCity

China Bikeshare

An International Comparison of Transportation Modes

Access (the ease of reaching desired destinations) is a key factor in transport, sustainability, and urban planning. This new study applies multimodal accessibility analysis to 4 modes in 117 cities in 6 countries, illustrated graphically.

June 3, 2021 - NPJ Urban Sustainability

Wheelchair Accessible

Transport Access Manual: A Guide for Measuring Connection between People and Places

This new Manual is a guide for evaluating peoples' ability to access services and activities, and therefore the performance of transportation and land use configurations.

December 2, 2020 - Transport Access Manual: A Guide for Measuring Connection between People and Places

New York Subway Stairs

$5.5 Billion Plan for More Elevators in the N.Y.C. Subway

The city’s subway system is lagging in station accessibility, but the MTA has a plan to add elevators to 70 stations.

October 10, 2019 - The New York Times

Los Angeles Subway

L.A. Metro Report Examines How Women Travel

Findings from a new study about the mobility needs and concerns of women in Los Angeles will inform future initiatives and planning.

October 7, 2019 - Streetsblog LA

Greater Richmond Transit Company

Richmond Bus Redesign Faces Equity Complaints

Residents charge the Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC) with making service worse for low income residents.

April 2, 2019 - WVTF

California Houses

A Comprehensive Survey of the Scope and Effects of Land Use Policy in California

A survey of land use policies in cities and counties of California is designed to inform a more complete understanding of the housing market, sustainability, and economic mobility in the state.

February 6, 2019 - UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design

Bus Lane

Growing Madison Seeks BRT

Besides addressing mobility needs, activists hope a new transit option will make more of the city accessible for the disabled.

February 4, 2019 - Badger Herald


A Plan for More Low-Cost Lodging on the California Coast

The promise of the California Coastal Act—to maintain public access to the Pacific Coast—is challenged by the extreme costs of coastal property. A new plan aims to put vacations and overnight stays on the coast in reach for more Californians.

January 26, 2019 - LAist

Disabled Parking

How Texas Could Create Equity for the Disabled

Twenty-eight years after the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Texas has plenty of work to do if it's going to provide opportunity to Americans struggling with disabilities.

August 5, 2018 - The Dallas Morning News

Houston Metro's Beacons Serve Visually-Impaired Population

A system of beacons will send signals to cell phones in Houston to help bus riders find stops and navigate public transit safely.

June 3, 2018 - Houston Chronicle

San Francisco Bike Lane

E-Scooters and Dockless Bikeshare Could Deliver Transit Access to the Underserved

Instead of focusing on the potential of new forms of for-hire personal transportation to level the mobility playing field, every article about scooters and dockless bikeshare seems to go something like this: "Deadly Scooter Craze Scoots On."

May 8, 2018 - Recode

Wheelchair ramp

House Bill 'Guts' ADA Enforcement for Public Places

Designed to thwart predatory lawsuits, the bill could make it easier for businesses to ignore barriers to access, disability rights advocates say.

March 10, 2018 - The Washington Post

New York Subway

Op-Ed: L Train Closure Offers 'Once-in-a-Generation' Opportunity to Improve ADA Compliance

The New York subway might lead the nation in terms of reach and ridership, but it still lags behind other rail systems in the country on one critical point: access to people with special needs.

February 11, 2018 - Crain's New York Business


Mapping the World's Proximity to Urban Areas

When it's said that most people live in cities, a significant portion of that number are people living in suburbs near cities. A new map shows just how far everyone travels to get to a big city.

January 16, 2018 - My Modern Met

Wheelchair Ramp

House Bill Would Add Red Tape to Americans With Disabilities Act Protections

An underreported bill in the current congressional session would create a waiting period for Americans with Disabilities Act claims.

September 20, 2017 - NOS Magazine

Court Decision Forces Seattle to Improve Sidewalk Infrastructure

The city of Seattle has finally been compelled to maintain pedestrian infrastructure in keeping with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

July 26, 2017 - The Urbanist

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Park City Municipal Corporation

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Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Planning for Universal Design

Learn the tools for implementing Universal Design in planning regulations.