equity

The cost and inequity of children’s access to opportunity

By Michael Brenneis Housing and transportation are the two biggest expenses for average households in the United States, and geographic location has a significant impact on these costs. But living in areas with affordable housing and transportation is not enough to assure that children will

Do mileage-based congestion fees hit low-income drivers harder?

By Chet Edelman While there is mounting evidence that demand-based pricing—or congestion tolling—can more efficiently manage highway use, serious concerns continue to arise regarding the system’s disproportionate impacts on low-income drivers. However, a recent study by researchers at

Among other barriers, low-wage workers face discrimination based on commute distance

By Michael Brenneis Along with lack of access to transportation options in areas outside the urban core, low-wage workers also face another obstacle in finding work. Discrimination by commute distance is significant when applying for low-wage jobs, concludes a new study. Affluence and long

Cities need to move carefully to get TNC benefits

By Brian Lutenegger A new report examines existing research and new data on the impact of Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft on U.S. cities. TNCs can have negative impacts on urban areas by contributing to traffic congestion—but, if planned and regulated properly, can

TNC revolution may improve access for low-income communities

By Michael Brenneis New research by Anne Brown finds that transportation network companies (TNCs) are invading auto-access deserts, serving disadvantaged lower-income populations, and offering an alternative to the historically discriminatory taxi industry. By studying data provided by Lyft for

Creating a transportation decision-making process that is equitable for everyone

By Logan Dredske The Greenlining Institute, a policy, research, organizing, and leadership institute working for racial and economic justice, released in March their newly published Mobility Equity Framework: How to Make Transportation Work for People. The focus of their publication is to

Opportunities and potential bias in new transportation data

By Brian Lutenegger A new issue brief from the Center for American Progress examines congestion on roadways in the United States and considers the potential and pitfalls of new data sources, such as those provided by private ride hailing companies including Uber and others. Although cities are

Bicycle level of stress and equity as factors in project selection

By Robbie Webber A paper published in the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation suggests integrating accessibility by bicycle, equity, and project selection to tackle the isolation and segregation of low-income neighborhoods in Baltimore. Using bicycle Level of Traffic Stress (LTS)

Pedestrians First: Tools for a Walkable City (ITDP, 2018)

The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy recently released Pedestrians First: Tools for a Walkable City. The toolkit, aimed at governments, city planners, NGOs, and developers, notes that “Walkability is the foundation of any type of transportation; all trips require walking at

Multimodal transportation and income equity fit hand-in-glove

By Beth Osborne One recent study finds that cities offering diverse transportation options have the lowest income inequality, while another study finds that transit systems may begin to struggle as lower income families are pushed away from the city center. These works demonstrate that preserving