Protect Hire NOLA

Protect Hire NOLA

16 May 2016 |

This past October, the City of New Orleans passed a local hiring ordinance, Hire NOLA, that would help connect local workers to career-track jobs, by requiring contractors on city projects to make a “good faith effort” to ensure that 30 percent of work-hours go to Orleans Parish | Read more >

Reclaiming America’s History of Public Investment

Reclaiming America’s History of Public Investment

24 Mar 2016 |

Government spending — a perennial topic for political debate in the United States — has become an even more polarizing issue in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential campaign as both parties grapple with how to boost the economy and address widening income inequality. While | Read more >

Summit Snapshot: Transportation Equity as a 21st Century Civil Rights Issue

Summit Snapshot: Transportation Equity as a 21st Century Civil Rights Issue

17 Nov 2015 | Jennifer West, GreenTRIP Policy Analyst, TransForm – Oakland, California

Over the next few weeks, Equity Blog will feature a dozen first-person accounts of Equity Summit 2015. Each guest blog post will focus in on a particular session, plenary, or workshop — offering readers insight into and reflection on the Summit experience.

By Jennifer West, | Read more >

Summit Snapshot: Advancing Equity through Infrastructure

Summit Snapshot: Advancing Equity through Infrastructure

13 Nov 2015 | Keisha Trent, Transportation Program Specialist, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, D.C.

Over the next few weeks, Equity Blog will feature a dozen first-person accounts of Equity Summit 2015. Each guest blog post will focus in on a particular session, plenary, or workshop — offering readers insight into and reflection on the Summit experience.

By Keisha Trent, | Read more >

Incorporating Arts and Culture into Community Development Work

Incorporating Arts and Culture into Community Development Work

31 Aug 2015 | PolicyLink

Arts and culture are essential for building community, supporting development, nurturing health and well-being, and contributing to economic opportunity. As such, they are critical to achieving communities of opportunity driven by equity:  just and fair inclusion where all can | Read more >

Can Light Rail Be an Engine of Opportunity? The Twin Cities Story

Can Light Rail Be an Engine of Opportunity? The Twin Cities Story

20 Aug 2014 | America's Tomorrow

Transportation projects should connect communities to opportunity, but too often new roads and rail lines have isolated low-income people and devastated the economic prospects of neighborhoods of color. That's why diverse communities in the Twin Cities fought tenaciously to make | Read more >

Senate Bill Falls Short of Equitable Transportation Agenda

Senate Bill Falls Short of Equitable Transportation Agenda

19 May 2014 | Melissa Wells

Last week the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed the MAP-21 Reauthorization Act, a $257 billion, six-year surface transportation reauthorization proposal. The legislation sets policy that shapes federal investment in our nation’s highways, bridges, streets, roads, | Read more >

Let's Connect to Opportunity

Let's Connect to Opportunity

16 May 2014 | Angela Glover Blackwell

Cross-posted on Huffington Post

Transportation is an essential ingredient for building healthier communities. That's why an equitable and well-functioning transportation system that works for everyone is so important.

Transportation is one of a few basic elements we all need in our | Read more >

Summary and Analysis of the GROW AMERICA Act

Summary and Analysis of the GROW AMERICA Act

12 May 2014 | Anita Cozart

Summary of the legislation
The Generating Renewal, Opportunity, and Work with Accelerated Mobility, Efficiency, and Rebuilding of Infrastructure and Communities throughout America Act (or GROW AMERICA Act) is a $302 billion, four-year surface transportation reauthorization proposal. | Read more >

Transportation Equity Back on Track

Transportation Equity Back on Track

31 Jan 2014 | Anita Cozart

This month, as we commemorate the life and work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I noted with pride that Dr. King lifted up transportation as an economic and social equity issue. He wrote, in an essay titled “A Testament of Hope”:

“Urban transit systems in most American cities, | Read more >