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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Transit Center
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility, Data & Technology
Transit can be especially important for older individuals, who “age out” of driving as their mobility, vision, and hearing decline. However, public transit can be difficult for older people to navigate, and is unreliable or insufficient for many trips in most U.S. cities. To address...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source State Smart Transportation Initiative
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Transportation & Mobility
Urban freeways create barriers to movement within cities, institutionalize social inequities, contribute to environmental degradation, and encourage suburban sprawl. As urban freeways approach the end of their useful lives, decisions on the fate of an individual freeway will be place...

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 Ordinance
Year 2005
Level City or Town
State(s) Texas
Source City of Austin
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Energy, Transportation & Mobility
This ordinance amends municipal zoning codes to create a special transit-oriented development (TOD) district. It expands on traditional TOD templates by creating a variety of place-types that may be applied to any municipally-approved TOD district. These place-types include Downtown...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) All States, California, Oregon
Source Transit Center
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Public Safety, Transportation & Mobility
Incidents of harassment, crime, and violence on or near mass transit compromise riders’ safety, degrade their experience, and reduce utilization. Historically, transit agencies have sought to use a police presence to create a sense of safety and security. While police help reduce...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source U.C Berkeley Center for Cities & Schools
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Community Development, Transportation & Mobility, Education
In 2010, the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) approved a General Education Transportation Policy to help facilitate racial diversity within schools and to support equitable access to city-wide schools and programs. This report evaluates the implementation of transportation...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Transit Center
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility, Children & Families
Having children is often associated with increases in car use, due to barriers preventing families from relying on transit. For example, anti-stroller policies signal that families aren’t welcome on buses, while riding transit can be more expensive than driving, without youth fares...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source State Smart Transportation Initiative
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility
Developing and tracking accessibility metrics has many practical advantages, such as measuring how readily commuters can meet their needs and providing a common measure for assessing various transportation modes and modal investments. This guide addresses the need for accessibility...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level State
State(s) California
Source State Smart Transportation Initiative
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility
As opposed to conventional data and metrics, this report uses newer data sources and more advanced analytic tools to study Sacramento’s transportation system. In particular, this report utilizes accessibility metrics to identify locations with poor connections to existing transit,...

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 2009
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Center for Transit-Oriented Development
Policy Areas Community Development, Transportation & Mobility
This paper assesses the importance of linking major destinations with transit service and the accuracy of the predictive models used to make funding decisions in recently opened transit lines. Decision makers at all levels of government pay close attention to the effectiveness of...

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 2012
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source New York City Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Transportation & Mobility
This workbook is a starting point for local leaders to begin mapping out a complete streets policy to foster safe and accessible roads for all road users in a community, including drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and other motorists. The workbook emphasizes the need for local leaders...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) Michigan
Source City Of Grand Rapids
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Housing, Public Safety, Education, Community Development, Public Spaces, Transportation & Mobility
Signs of renaissance abound in the City of Grand Rapids. Cranes and construction dominate the urban heart of Downtown. The city is on track to recover all of its pre-recession population and now claims one of the nation's strongest real estate markets. And Forbes recently declared...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level City or Town
State(s) Oregon
Source Portland Development Commission
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Education, Housing, Public Safety, Transportation & Mobility
Portland is nationally recognized as a city with an exceptionally high quality of life, progressive land use planning, abundant transportation alternatives, and leading-edge green development expertise. The city’s growing concentration of firms in clean technology further solidifies...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Community Development
COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on local communities and economies. In response, this guide outlines seven steps municipal governments can take to hasten their recovery and build resilience for the future. These actions emphasize equitable outcomes, and were developed with the...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2022
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Vision Zero Network
Policy Areas Public Safety, Transportation & Mobility
Vision Zero is a strategy to eliminate traffic fatalities and severe injuries among all road users, and to ensure safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all. This infographic compiles nine components that make up an effective high-level framework for communities considering a Vision...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Transit Center
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility
The federal tax benefit for commuter parking excludes the value of commuter parking provided by employers from the calculation of a worker’s taxable income. The “check” is bigger for people who make more money or work in the downtown areas of major cities, but the costs of the program...

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 City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Transit Center
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility, Data & Technology
Public transit agencies nationwide are offering new payment options, but many of these methods have the potential to significantly increase the personal data collected by transit agencies and their private subcontractors. Once collected, the data can be accessed by other government...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Transit Center
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility
By setting goals for fare policy, transit agencies can ensure that their fare pricing and enforcement strategies are consistent with their mission of providing good, affordable service to the public. This report outlines a balanced, goal-driven approach to fare policy: discounts for...

Type Ordinance
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Sacramento City Council
Policy Areas Public Safety, Transportation & Mobility
This resolution requires the City of Sacramento to adopt a “Vision Zero” goal. Vision Zero is a collaborative and data-driven effort to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries. Actions towards Vision Zero will be a comprehensive, collaborative, and equitable approach through...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Transit Center
Policy Areas Public Safety, Transportation & Mobility
Many transit agencies apply an overly punitive approach to minor transgressions. For example, this report argues that current methods of fare enforcement are too harsh. Fare evasion should be decriminalized, and the penalties should be made proportional to the severity of offense....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Transit Center
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility, Finance & Procurement
In 2016, citizens of Los Angeles voted in favor of Measure M, a ½-cent sales tax increase that will raise $120 billion over forty years for transit expansion and maintenance, and traffic and street improvements. Despite this, transit ridership in Los Angeles has continued to fall....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility, Community Development, Finance & Procurement
Public investments of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds into public transportation produced twice as many jobs per dollar as investing in roads....

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