equity

Getting transportation equity right

By Eric Sundquist Historian Ibram X. Kendi’s “How to be an Anti-Racist” was already a bestseller before the death of George Floyd, and now it resonates even more strongly. “Kendi’s ideas—that few, if any, are free of racism; that we should confess to our own racism as a first step

New study finds AV tech less likely to detect darker-skinned pedestrians

By Marybeth McGinnis Clarification: This article should have made clear that the study “Predictive Inequity in Object Detection” examines camera-based machine-learning object detection systems, which are one component of full camera-lidar-radar based detection systems. In addition, the paper

Advancing congestion pricing: a new report

By Michael Brenneis A new ENO report on congestion pricing suggests that having a clear purpose and vision in place before implementation is the key to success. In addition, placing revenue as the primary goal, and sending that revenue into general funds, is largely unsustainable. The

In the midst of nationwide transit service cuts, more than one million rural households do not have a car

By Rayla Bellis Many transit agencies have been forced to drastically scale back services due to rapidly declining revenues, and rural providers are no exception. Many were already operating on incredibly tight budgets, serving large geographic areas with a small staff of part-time drivers. While

The risk of premature death from transportation noise

By Michael Brenneis The health risks of exposure to transportation noise may not command the same attention as those of exposure to particulate matter or motor vehicle crashes. But it turns out that prolonged exposure to noise is a serious matter, with numerous deleterious health effects—from

Exposure to particulate pollution shown to increase COVID-19 death rate

By Michael Brenneis Coming at a time when the current federal administration continues to relax pollution controls, a new paper under review presents evidence that exposure to pollution—including that from motor vehicles—reduces the survival rate of individuals who have contracted COVID-19.

Toward transportation equity

By Michael Brenneis “From redlining to urban renewal to Jim Crow, many communities across North America have been excluded from the decision-making processes that shaped their built environment, and the built environment has in turn cut these groups off from access to opportunity.” say

New report discusses how transportation officials can support health equity

By Rayla Bellis Smart Growth America recently released a new report, The State of Transportation and Health Equity, a field scan looking at the intersection of transportation and health equity in the U.S. today. The report summarizes lessons based on interviews with 92 experts working across

Places with most crash exposure also fear enforcement bias

By Eric Sundquist Low-income and minority Americans face a dilemma: They are disproportionately victimized by our transportation system. And while law enforcement could help, those same Americans are subject to profiling and fines that can lead to economic ruin. SSTI’s mid-November Community of

License-plate readers pose threats to equity and privacy

By Eric Sundquist Automated license-plate readers (ALPRs) and associated software have become inexpensive go-tos for law enforcement and toll collection. They also raise questions about equity and ethics. Axon Enterprises, a vendor of law-enforcement cameras and other devices, has set up an