Opportunities for Increasing Sustainable Transport: Spotlight on Dallas, Denver, Nashville
The objective of this report is to understand how U.S. cities are implementing sustainable transport and shifting away from drive-alone trips.
The dominant mobility paradigm in many U.S. cities limits access to goods and services for people without a car, especially the elderly, children, disabled people, and low-income families. Meanwhile, the transport sector is the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions(GHG) in the U.S., generating 28.5% of all emissions.18 Transport GHG is growing at a faster rate than other sectors. The long-term potential to mitigate these realities and increase access to opportunities for all people within cities will depend on a shift toward sustainable transport and away from drive-alone trips. Cities succeeding in the paradigm shift are evaluating existing travel behavior and setting measurable mode split targets. As a result, these cities are better able to monitor mobility services and expand infrastructure investments.
Inside the Transportation Data Tug of War
Stuck and Stressed: The Health Costs of Traffic
The Great Divide in How Americans Commute to Work
Why Transit Equity Matters
Montgomery’s buses, in A Testament of Hope, Martin Luther King Jr. drew the connection between access to affordable public transit and employment opportunity.
King made the case that transit systems did not do enough to help poor people access opportunities for gainful, meaningful employment, leading him to conclude that urban transit systems were“a genuine civil rights issue.”
Central to the concept of transit equity is the notion that transit is a fundamental public good that we all benefit from, regardless of age, race, or class. Transit’s immense value to disadvantaged communities is key to King’s framing of transit as a civil right, but public transit’s cascading economic effects impact all of us.
The New Automobility: Lyft, Uber and the Future of American Cities
A Report made in July of 2018 found that companies like Uber and Lyft appear to be diverting more people from public transit than from driving themselves, and that the proliferation of these services is actually putting more cars on the road, measured in vehicle miles traveled.
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Bringing a Human Dimension to Public Transit Planning & Equity in Mobility
Transport serves as a significant ‘gateway’ service that can either bolster or erode all of the factors that support a high quality of life. A new study brings issues of social equity to the table, amplifying the ways in which we need to be more modest in our expectations of transportation alternatives and more proactive in defining them.
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User fees should incentivize sustainable trips, not fund transportation
The United States needs to rethink its approach to transportation taxation. An over-reliance on“user fees” frames transportation as a question of who is paying their fair share and who really deserves access to the street.
What Cities are Getting Wrong About Public Transportation
Cities could get more people walking, biking, and riding transit, according to a new report, if they just know where to look for improvement.
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