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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) California, Washington
Source Eno Center for Transportation
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Transportation & Mobility
Mobility on demand (MOD) refers to transportation services that can be hailed in real-time for an impending trip. The largest MOD project funded by the Federal Transit Administration is a two-region partnership between Los Angeles and the Puget Sound Region that provides first/last...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source Transit Center
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility
Thousands of New Yorkers require elevators to access the subway every day: people with disabilities, parents pushing strollers, travelers carrying luggage, and residents suffering from an injury. However, only 23% of the city’s subway stations have elevators. These elevators break...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level State, National
State(s) All States
Source Information Technology & Innovation Foundation
Policy Areas Data & Technology
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of workers have applied for unemployment benefits online, only to be met with a crashed webpage. To better gauge the overall functionality of state unemployment websites, ITIF tested the page load speed, mobile-friendliness, and accessibility...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) North Carolina
Source Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Policy Areas Community Development, Data & Technology
Due to monopoly control of broadband technology, millions of Americans do not have internet access because it is not available or affordable. To circumvent this problem, the city of Wilson began building a citywide Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network called Greenlight in 2008, after...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2005
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source California Department Of Housing And Community Development
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Housing, Public Safety
This model establishes accessibility requirements for new construction and substantial rehabilitations for individuals with physical disabilities; and provides for exemptions from compliance where it would result in undue hardship, where the construction is a result of a natural disaster,...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source City of Long Beach
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Community Development
This resolution delineates requirements for Long Beach government efforts to increase language accessibility. According to this ordinance, all public contact positions shall have access to a directory of qualified bilingual staff; departments shall share employee translation and interpretation...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility
This brief focuses on what cities can do to create equitable and efficient transit that benefits everyone. An equitable transit system must be safe, convenient, affordable, and accessible; responsive to community needs; and integrated with other policy areas. Moreover, it outlines...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2022
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source 2022
Policy Areas Public Spaces
This ordinance requires buildings built before the Americans with Disabilities Act to provide encroachments (i.e. ramps, chairlifts, or other structures) to create accessible entrances for persons with disabilities....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level State
State(s) All States
Source State Smart Transportation Initiative
Policy Areas Community Development, Transportation & Mobility
Due to limited resources and funding, state departments of transportation (DOTs) struggle to achieve their goals of improving safety, alleviating congestion, reducing environmental impacts, and helping to create healthier, more livable neighborhoods. In response to these challenges,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source Transit Center
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility
Bus ridership in New York City is rapidly declining. In order to attract riders, buses must become faster, more reliable, and more attractive as a transit option. This report lays out best practices to improve New York’s ailing bus system. Strategies focus on redesigning the bus network...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Policy Areas Data & Technology
Monopoly control of broadband technology is leaving many Americans unable to access high-speed internet. In particular, the market power of the biggest cable companies allows them to lock customers into overpriced, underperforming Internet service contracts for which they don’t have...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Transit Center
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility, Finance & Procurement
Microtransit involves running on-demand services with smaller vehicles that people can summon without walking to a fixed location like a bus stop. This brief argues that microtransit is incapable of serving the same scale of ridership as fixed-route buses and trains. Microtransit...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source State Smart Transportation Initiative
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility
This report guides planning agencies and transportation decision makers in measuring accessibility and incorporating those metrics into decision making by outlining general concepts, data needs and availability, analysis tools, and other considerations in measuring accessibility....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) Minnesota
Source City of Saint Paul
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
One in five City of Saint Paul (City) residents speaks a language other than English in their homes. This means that increasingly City employees are providing services to individuals who may be limited English proficient (LEP). This Limited English Proficiency Plan outlines and describes...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level State, National
State(s) All States
Source FairVote
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
A primary runoff election is held if no candidate surpasses the necessary threshold for victory in the initial primary election. Voter awareness of the system and a dip in enthusiasm following the initial primary has resulted in a trend of voter turnout dropping in the runoff election....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Transit Center
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility
This report addresses how current transit practices can marginalize groups of people. For example, fare structures make transit unaffordable to people with low incomes, policing brutalizes and discriminates against Black and brown riders, infrastructure is inaccessible to people with...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level National
State(s) All States
Source Information Technology & Innovation Foundation
Policy Areas Data & Technology
Augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) has the potential to transform the way individuals work, learn, and interact, by allowing employees to collaborate from anywhere in the world, making critical services such as healthcare and education more accessible, and creating new channels...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) California, Washington
Source Eno Center for Transportation
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility
Public transit services across the United States are highly fragmented with various methods of payment. The integration of fare payment systems can improve the efficiency and ease of public transit. This report discusses individual and collaborative efforts of public transit agencies...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County
State(s) California, Washington
Source Eno Center for Transportation
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility
Mobility on demand (MOD) refers to transportation services that can be hailed in real-time for an impending trip. The largest MOD project funded by the Federal Transit Administration is a two-region partnership between Los Angeles and the Puget Sound Region that provides first/last...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, State
State(s) North Dakota
Source Institute of Local Self-Reliance
Policy Areas Community Development, Data & Technology
Rural North Dakota has some of the greatest internet connectivity in the country. In fact, according to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) data, rural North Dakotans are more likely to have access to gigabit speeds and fiber broadband than the state’s urban residents—even more...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County, National, State
State(s) All States
Source Eno Center for Transportation
Policy Areas Health, Transportation & Mobility
This paper outlines the ways in which transportation, health, and healthcare are interrelated. In particular, it describes how a lack of access to transportation can cause poor health outcomes and high healthcare costs. To mitigate this challenge, this report calls on public agencies...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level State
State(s) All States
Source National Institute for Early Education Research
Policy Areas Children & Families, Education
Head Start is a comprehensive child development program that provides education and support services to children and their families. Despite the fact that Head Start is a federally funded, national program, this report reveals that access to Head Start programs, funding per child,...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source The Common Council of the City of Madison
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
This ordinance clarifies the process for designating a location and the means of conducting individual Common Council Meetings. Specifically, it allows for Common Council settings to be held in-person, over the phone, or online based upon a determination of the Mayor and Council President....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source U.C. Berkeley Center For Cities & Schools
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Health, Transportation & Mobility
Public spaces are crucial to a community’s collective well-being. Although public spaces are intended to be equally accessible, young people, particularly low-income BIPOC, are made to feel unwelcome or excluded in many public spaces by the built environment, police, and other users....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source National League of Cities
Policy Areas Health, Housing
Veterans tend to be older and more likely to have a disability than non-veterans. Thus, they are susceptible to preventable slips, falls, and other injuries related to mobility, which are costly and consume limited time and resources from first responders. To protect the safety and...

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