jobs

Accessibility analysis highlights transit deficiencies in New Orleans

By Chris McCahill The average transit user in New Orleans can access only a fraction of the opportunities that drivers can, according to a local advocacy group, and recent transit investments aren’t helping much. The group, Ride New Orleans, just released its annual State of Transit 2018

Extending opportunity & promoting equity through apprenticeship

By Emily Miota Apprenticeships build skills, extend opportunity, and confront the coming wave of retirements. The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, with Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 265, created the Joint Workforce Investment (JWI) to address just this within their transit

Will advances in autonomous technology degrade job quality in the trucking industry?

By Michael Brenneis While advances in autonomous technology may net additional jobs in the trucking sector, without thoughtful public policy and a commitment to equitable private practices, they may end up being some of the worst the industry has to offer, and come at the expense of jobs at the

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

Equitable access to opportunity: The growing distance between people and jobs

By Mary Ebeling Recent studies show that travel times and costs for all commuters are increasing, particularly in the past five years. A recent Citi Premier commuter index documents commuting costs an average of $2,600 per year, or around $12 a day. These costs are regressive in nature, creating

Geographic preference in FHWA and FTA contracting—balancing competition with local hiring preferences

By Mary Ebeling For 40 years state, local, and tribal governments that wished to use local hiring preferences for transportation projects have been prevented from doing so by federal restrictions barring this consideration. The restriction prevents governments from offering workforce development

Accessibility moves out of the lab and into practice

By Eric Sundquist Accessibility, long considered a more robust measure of transportation system success than simple mobility, is moving out of research and into practice, according to panelists on an SSTI webinar. Accessibility measures the ease by which travelers can reach desired destinations,

Report ranks metropolitan areas by transit accessibility

By Chris McCahill Researchers at the University of Minnesota released a new report ranking major metropolitan areas in terms of their accessibility to jobs by transit. The new Access Across America report complements the group’s 2013 release, which measured job accessibility by automobile, and

Protecting federal taxpayer interest; training a local workforce—L.A. Crenshaw light rail line

By Mary Ebeling Long-standing FTA and USDOT policy prohibits geographic preferences in hiring for construction projects. Historically, the dominance of federal funds on projects led to the idea that jobs paid for by national taxes should not be restricted geographically, and a policy was born.

Milwaukee’s transit-jobs mismatch

By Chris Spahr Milwaukee’s growth pattern and the location of business hubs in the suburbs, combined with reduced funding for transit, have created a “spatial mismatch” in the metro area.  The term “spatial mismatch” is defined in a new report by the Milwaukee-based Public Policy Forum