Transit Equity

Atlanta Scooter

Georgia Partnership Seeks to Boost Clean Transportation in Black Communities

The Electric Black Future initiative seeks to address historic disparities in transportation, energy, and technology workforce by helping Black communities in three Georgia cities shape their e-mobility futures.

May 20, 2024 - WABE

Woman waiting at city bus stop with blue bus pulling up.

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

Close-up of 'Red Line Subway Entry' sign with Braille below and train logo above text in Chicago, Illinois.

Chicago Red Line Extension Could Transform the South Side

The city’s transit agency is undertaking its biggest expansion ever to finally bring rail to the South Side.

November 24, 2023 - The Architect's Newspaper

Woma holding small boy on lap sitting on public bus with many other passengers around them.

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

Close-up from back of blue and white New York City bus

New York Launches Free Transit Pilot on Five Bus Lines

The lines were chosen based on the income levels, ridership, and lack of subway access in surrounding neighborhoods.

October 11, 2023 - El Pais

Transit fare purchase box at above-ground transit station in Santa Clara, California.

Opinion: Fare Evasion Punished Disproportionately in California

A bill currently on Governor Newsom’s desk would replace punitive measures with more equitable and compassionate approaches to fare enforcement.

October 2, 2023 - Streetsblog California

Blue and green city bus blurred in transit on New York City street.

How to Measure Transit Equity

A new report highlights the need to go beyond traditional equity metrics to assess how public transit systems are serving the lowest-income and most disadvantaged riders.

October 2, 2023 - Mineta Institute

Bike share station on sidewalk next to red painted bike lane with white bikes parked at docks.

Shared Mobility as Essential Transit

Research reveals that shared bikes and scooters are often a crucial lifeline for low-income workers, signaling a need to include micromobility in the larger public transit conversation.

September 21, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

People boarding Los Angeles Metro train on outdoor platform.

Lessons in Transit Equity

Two of the nation’s largest transit agencies outline how they are integrating equity concerns into their work.

September 11, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

Blue RideKC bus in Kansas City with trees in background

Transit Advocates Fear On-Demand Microtransit Undermines Bus Service

A new on-demand transit service is meant to fill gaps in Kansas City regional bus service, but some transit supporters worry the service is drawing funding away from fixed-route buses.

July 14, 2023 - KCUR

Orange Los Angeles Metro bus on city street

L.A. Metro Launches Fare Capping Program

Transit fares will be capped at $5 per day for all riders who pay with TAP cards, whether or not they have weekly or monthly passes.

June 28, 2023 - Governing

People on bikes and sitting on ledge on Pittsburgh riverfront with arched bridge in background

Pittsburgh Aims for Equitable Mobility

A two-year pilot program aims to provide an integrated, multimodal, and affordable transportation system across the city combining transit, bikes, e-scooters, and other options.

May 11, 2023 - Government Technology

CTtransit bus driving through snowy street in Norwalk, Connecticut

Connecticut’s Ends Fare-Free Pilot

State officials say federal requirements forced the end of a twelve-month pilot program, and that the state doesn’t have the funding to continue providing free fares with the end of federal assistance.

April 20, 2023 - Connecticut Public Radio

Aerial view of freeway cutting through green forest in Clayton County, Georgia

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

Portland Transit

Opinion: Improving Transit More Important Than Free Fares

More investments in high-quality transit service coupled with income-based discounts could offer a better way to boost ridership and help low-income riders.

April 18, 2023 - Route Fifty

Washington, D.C. Bus Lane

D.C. Transit Recovery ‘Slow and Bumpy’

Transit service in the District has not yet recovered to pre-pandemic levels, with Black and low-income riders feeling the brunt of the impact.

February 20, 2023 - TransitCenter

Passengers on Boston subway platform with blurred speeding train passing by

Assessing Transit Equity in Boston

The Transit Equity Dashboard highlights stark disparities in access to jobs, healthcare, and other essential services between Boston neighborhoods.

January 29, 2023 - TransitCenter

SEPTA bus stopped in front of Independence Hall, Phialdelphia, Pennsylvania

Digging Into SEPTA’s Problems

Philadelphia’s transit agency faces some structural challenges as it struggles to reorganize its services and bring back ridership.

January 22, 2023 - The Philadelphia Inquirer

Close-up of bus passengers hanging on to red straps on crowded bus

Free Fares for Buses? Don’t Forget the Trains

Fare-free programs that apply to buses and not trains create a fragmented transit system and encourage more people to use slower, less efficient modes.

December 22, 2022 - Bloomberg CityLab

Cashless fare validator on bus with blue seat upholstery

Study: In Lieu of Free Fares, Transit Needs a Cash Option

Many of the riders who rely on public transit the most are also least likely to be able to use cashless fare systems.

October 5, 2022 - Newswise

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