Transportation (News)

Civil Rights Group Demands End to Car-Centric Transportation Policies

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 08/17/2011 - 11:15am

“This is the civil rights dilemma: Our laws purport to level the playing field, but our transportation choices have effectively barred millions of people from accessing it.”

The civil rights fight for equitable transportation didn't end with Rosa Parks. So says a report from the Leadership Conference Education Fund, a project of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. The coalition wasn’t involved in the transportation reauthorization debate in 2005, when SAFETEA-LU was passed, and they’re determined to be at the table this time.

In March, they quietly published their report, “Where We Need to Go: A Civil Rights Roadmap for Transportation Equity”, and since then they’ve put out three more reports, springboarding off of that first overview. The subsequent reports focus on access to health care, access to housing, and access to jobs.

Car and Driver Magazine: “We Must Consider Alternative Transportation”

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 08/10/2011 - 3:27pm
Car and Driver

How bad are things on America’s highways? So bad that it has prompted some soul-searching at Car and Driver magazine.

Car and Driver takes stock of America's highways and finds them in a shambles. The magazine concludes its time to consider "alternatives." Photo: Car and Driver

In its July issue, the magazine gave its 1.3 million readers a feature with the subtitle “What’s Happening to Our Playgrounds? The American Highway is Broken.”

Jonathan Maus at Bike Portland was pleasantly surprised to find that the nation’s foremost car magazine has concluded that building more highways isn’t the way to fix America’s transportation systems. Which says a lot about just how urgent the need for reform is:

July 27 MTC Meeting: Another Step Forward for the 6 Wins Network

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 07/29/2011 - 12:01pm

On Wednesday, July 27, the 6 Wins Network participated in the sixth Metropolitan Transportation Commission/Association of Bay Area Governments meeting in the past two months. It has been an action-packed period of not only attending meetings, but also strategizing, recruiting other allies, calling and emailing elected officials, drafting letters, and meeting with staff.

Mayor Lee meets with Bayview Community Leaders about Officer-involved Shooting

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 07/21/2011 - 11:00am

Mayor Ed Lee and officials from the San Francisco Police Department met with Bayview community leaders in City Hall July 19 to discuss the police investigation surrounding a July 16 officer-involved shooting that has prompted intense community anger and protests. While city officials indicated that the meeting was called to provide information and updates for the community, frustrated community members emerging from the City Hall conference room dismissed it as “more of a lecture,” saying city officials weren’t open to hearing broader community concerns that have intensified in the wake of this tragic event.

Call to Action, July 14th: Help Make AC Transit Free for Students, Restore Cut Service

Submitted by News Desk on Tue, 07/12/2011 - 12:08pm

genesis1Dear Friends and Allies,

Please Join us! Thursday July 14th at 6:30pm at First Congregational Church in Oakland (2501 Harrison Street) for what will hopefully be the largest transportation justice event ever in the East Bay.

Put on by our close allies at Genesis, this town hall will bring hundreds of families, bus riders and youth together to call on our elected officials to make AC Transit free for students and demand equal funding for our bus systems, so we can restore cuts to service.

Specifically we demand that Alameda County spends a portion of its $10 billion in transportation dollars to:

    * Provide every Middle and High School Student in Alameda County with a free bus pass (to get to school and afterschool activities)
    * Secure more funding for AC Transit so it doesn't have to cut more service and so it can restore the 15% of service it cut last year

In Los Angeles, Cuts Will Make Long Bus Commute Longer

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 07/06/2011 - 3:02pm

LOS ANGELES — The women shuffle back and forth as they wait just after 7 a.m. for the orange bus crawling down the street. It will be more than an hour before they arrive at work, and soon the same journey may stretch to nearly two hours.

Though the roads in Los Angeles routinely jam with honking cars in the morning, there is also an almost invisible commuter class — the millions of people, most of them poor, who depend on the sprawling bus system.

Local officials push public transportation as the path to an environmentally friendly future, with plans for a subway to the sea and miles of other rail projects in the region. But at the same time, the financially struggling Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is cutting back dozens of bus lines and shortening routes to save money that they say would be better spent elsewhere.


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