low-income

Road fatalities are disproportionate across both racial/ethnic and rural/urban lines

By Rayla Bellis Recent research examines equity in road fatalities and finds significant disparities across racial/ethnic, income, and geographic lines. The study, from the University of Colorado, includes a spatial analysis of more than 970,000 U.S. road fatalities in the Fatality Analysis

Race and class disparities in driver’s license suspension and consequences in California

By Bill Holloway Driver’s license suspension, at least in California, is highly correlated with race and income. Ninety two percent of zip codes with higher than average license suspension rates due to failure to pay (FTP) or failure to appear (FTA) for previous infractions have below average

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

Bike share offers lessons in providing equitable transportation options

By Chris McCahill Bikes shares, which now offer expanded transportation options in cities around the nation, have also tested those cities’ abilities to serve their communities equitably. The placement and pricing of these systems are often barriers for low-income communities. Philadelphia’s

USDA documents transportation barriers to food access among low-income households

By Bill Holloway Recently released findings from the National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey (FoodAPS) provide a valuable glimpse into how low-income people access food and the challenges they face meeting this most basic need. The survey, which involved 4,286 households, provides

Access for the unbanked—equity with electronic tolling and contactless transit payment

By Mary Ebeling State DOTs are increasingly moving to all electronic tolling (AET) for roads and bridges. Transit agencies nationwide are also updating fare collection systems, and the trend is towards contactless, cashless fare payment. For both highways and transit these electronic payments

Lower income neighborhoods hit hardest by pedestrian deaths

By Chris McCahill According to national data, pedestrian deaths increased by 15 percent between 2009 and 2012 and have made up a growing share of all traffic deaths over the past decade. That is particularly troubling news for lower income neighborhoods, which experience the highest death rates

Not being evil: Google pays for bus passes for low-income kids

By Mary Ebeling Google is funding bus passes for more than 30,000 low- and moderate-income youth in San Francisco. This announcement is seen by many as a first step toward greater civic engagement by Silicon Valley tech giants, and city government thinks it is a good first step for partnering

Maintaining Diversity In America’s Transit-Rich Neighborhoods: Tools for Equitable Neighborhood Change (Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, 2013)

As communities across the country plan for and build transit-rich neighborhoods there is a growing need for planning and policy tools to guide this effort. This report provides a detailed analysis of how the introduction of high quality transit can spark neighborhood change, positive and

Getting on Board for Health (Alameda County Public Health Department, 2013)

This health impact assessment informed the development of the San Francisco Bay Area’s Regional Transportation Plan. The assessment examined the equity impacts of the RTP within Alameda County, specifically focused on transit-dependent populations and the expected health outcomes that may