transit access

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Responding to Public Transit Criticism

Public transit plays a unique and important role in an efficient and equitable transportation system. Planners must communicate the benefits that public transit provides and respond to ill-informed critics.

March 5, 2024 - Todd Litman

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The Link Between Transit Access and Employment

Inadequate access to transportation hinders many Americans’ access to job opportunities.

February 12, 2024 - Capital News Service

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Opinion: Free Transit Has Proven Itself

Eliminating transit fares can have benefits that ripple across a local economy and improve livelihoods.

January 25, 2024 - Gazette Leader

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Linking Transportation Access and Public Health

Millions of Americans miss medical care and other important day-to-day appointments due to a lack of access to reliable transportation.

January 17, 2024 - U.S. News & World Report

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Less Than Half of Head Start Centers Near Transit

Just 42 percent of the nation’s Head Start early education centers are within walkable distance for parents with toddlers.

November 2, 2023 - KCUR

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Greensboro Looks to Double Transit Service

The North Carolina city is exploring ways to expand its transit network.

October 24, 2023 - Human Transit

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The Unspoken Link Between Transit and Child Care

Already a challenge for many American parents, finding child care within reach of transit can be nearly impossible.

September 22, 2023 - Next City

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Philadelphia’s City Center Rates Highly for Transit, Walkability

While not all parts of the city are equally accessible, its central district boasts one of the nation’s densest transit networks and high ridership rates.

June 15, 2023 - The Philadelphia Inquirer

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Study: Transit Cuts Can Increase Poverty, Unemployment

An analysis of Clayton County, Georgia, which lost access to public transit for five years, shows a significant increase in unemployment rates and poverty during that timeframe.

April 19, 2023 - Governing

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Almost Half of Michigan Community Colleges Not Transit-Accessible

Access to transportation is a major hurdle for many community college students, but local transit systems often fail to serve them.

February 13, 2023 - WDET

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Atlanta Street Extension Project Will Benefit Transit Access

Plans to extend 15th Street in Midtown Atlanta are designed to improve access to the Arts Center MARTA station.

September 6, 2022 - Urbanize Atlanta

D.C. Metro System

Smartphone Fare Cards Now Available for D.C. Metro

The future is now.

September 3, 2020 - DCist

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For Transit to Better Serve Women, More Data Needed

Understanding how women use transit does not just help make systems more equitable. It also guides policy and planning changes that benefit all riders.

February 7, 2020 - Wired

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What Free Transit Means to Kansas City

Kansas City, Missouri will be the largest U.S. city to operate a fare-free system that officials say will make transit more accessible.

December 29, 2019 - CityLab

Boston Seaport

Boston's Seaport District Still Lacking Diversity

The glitzy new neighborhood doesn’t cater to all Boston residents, according to a new survey.

August 13, 2019 - The Boston Globe

Seattle Bus

Seattle Transit Investments Show Promising Results

The Seattle Transportation Benefit District has led to a growth in ridership and improved access to frequent service, according to a third-year performance report.

February 5, 2019 - The Urbanist

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Interactive Maps Explore Barriers to Opportunity

A pair of interactive maps and a report compare access to opportunity in two very different neighborhoods. In both places, residents confront "friction of distance" and feel their input on public decision-making is limited.

June 19, 2018 - Next City

Chile Metro

Plans for Huge Expansion of Rail Service in Chilean Capital

Chile's President, Sebastian Piñera, announced that Santiago's rail system will add two new lines and extend one of its existing train routes.

June 16, 2018 - International Rail Journal


Denver to Step Up Its Transit Game

Recent studies find that central Denver is still woefully underserved when it comes to transit accessibility. On the table are streetscape improvements to make life easier for pedestrians and transit riders.

July 5, 2017 - TransitCenter

Handicapped Seating

Badges for Transit Riders with Non-Visible Impairments

Transport for London is experimenting with badges that say "Please offer me a seat" for people who wouldn't necessarily be offered seats.

May 1, 2017 - BBC

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