Bikeshare systems get more creative with equity issues Bikeshare systems get more creative with equity issues
Bikeshare systems get more creative with equity issues
Bikeshare systems get more creative with equity issues
Autonomous vehicles will improve transportation options for older Americans and people with disabilities Autonomous vehicles will improve transportation options for older Americans and people with disabilities
Autonomous vehicles will improve transportation options for older Americans and people with disabilities
Autonomous vehicles will improve transportation options for older Americans and people with disabilities
Demand questions are the elephant in the room with autonomous vehicles Demand questions are the elephant in the room with autonomous vehicles
Demand questions are the elephant in the room with autonomous vehicles
Demand questions are the elephant in the room with autonomous vehicles
Pros and cons of autonomous vehicles will be a roller coaster ride Pros and cons of autonomous vehicles will be a roller coaster ride
Pros and cons of autonomous vehicles will be a roller coaster ride
Pros and cons of autonomous vehicles will be a roller coaster ride
How ride-hailing is disrupting transit, the auto industry, and our communities How ride-hailing is disrupting transit, the auto industry, and our communities
How ride-hailing is disrupting transit, the auto industry, and our communities
How ride-hailing is disrupting transit, the auto industry, and our communities
Can multi-passenger ride-hailing complement public transit? Can multi-passenger ride-hailing complement public transit?
Can multi-passenger ride-hailing complement public transit?
Can multi-passenger ride-hailing complement public transit?

What is the importance of Equity to  transportation?

As a pressing issue facing transportation policymakers today, the question of transportation equity is also one of the most complicated. Access to reliable and affordable transportation is essential to addressing poverty, unemployment, obesity, and a variety of other social ills.

The current expansion of transportation options, from transit to bikeshare to on-demand services, offers some hope for increased accessibility, but progress will require coordinated planning and outreach from policymakers. Only 30 percent of urban jobs are accessible via a 90-minute ride on public transportation and low-income Americans, who tend to have the longest commutes, are less likely to utilize shared-mobility services than other Americans.

All Americans need to benefit from the transportation options we as a society provide. This promise remains, as yet, unfulfilled.

Popular Equity Stories

Free Transit Attracts Riders and Helps Communities in More Ways Than One

In January, Missoula, Montana’s transit agency, Mountain Line, began a three-year, “zero-fare”1 demonstration project on its fixed-route and door-to-door services, meaning boarding passengers no longer pay to use the bus.

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Providing a Leg Up to Low-Income Americans with Rideshare, Carshare, and Bikeshare

The past decade has seen an explosion in shared-use mobility.

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Ride-Hailing Services Present Major Gap in Access for People with Disabilities in the D.C. Area

Many regions – like the Washington, D.C., area – are fortunately and rapidly adding a multitude of transportation options, especially in the realms of on-demand mobility and ride-hailing.

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Recent Equity News

Bikeshare systems get more creative with equity issues

Bikeshare systems get more creative with equity issues


September 21, 2017    Jennifer Dill

This article was originally published at Jennifer’s blog. I recently attended the North American Bikeshare Association (NABSA) conference in Montreal to present some of the findings from our research at Portland State University on equity and bikesharing. On the first day, each member gave a one-minute blurb, sharing highlights of their past year. Several of the systems… Read more »

Autonomous vehicles will improve transportation options for older Americans and people with disabilities

Autonomous vehicles will improve transportation options for older Americans and people with disabilities


September 13, 2017    David St. Amant

Imagine you are the adult child of a senior-citizen parent who is mentally sharp and active but whose reflexes and eyesight are not what they used to be just a few years ago. The ability to go to the grocery store, visit family and friends, or make a trip to the doctor’s office is important… Read more »

Demand questions are the elephant in the room with autonomous vehicles

Demand questions are the elephant in the room with autonomous vehicles


August 29, 2017    Paul Mackie

Say you live 1.3 miles from a subway station or a bus route that would offer you direct access to your job. Then picture an autonomous vehicle looping through your neighborhood every 20 minutes or so to take you and your neighbors straight to that access point. All of a sudden, you would be pretty… Read more »

Pros and cons of autonomous vehicles will be a roller coaster ride

Pros and cons of autonomous vehicles will be a roller coaster ride


August 28, 2017    Ethan Goffman

Autonomous vehicles appear to be wonderful in many ways. They will help seniors and young people get places. They’ll reduce traffic accidents and making driving safer. They will eliminate vast swaths of parking. Then again, they may worsen the most harmful aspects of sprawl. They could create lost tax revenue. They may cripple public transit…. Read more »

How ride-hailing is disrupting transit, the auto industry, and our communities

How ride-hailing is disrupting transit, the auto industry, and our communities


August 11, 2017    Ethan Goffman

This is a two-part series on ride-hailing carpool-like services. Part 1 introduced us to Via, now operating in Washington D.C., and included the results of a test ride with the service. Via launched in 2012 in Manhattan and now also operates in Chicago and Washington, D.C. And it’s similar to other services such as San Francisco’s… Read more »

Can multi-passenger ride-hailing complement public transit?

Can multi-passenger ride-hailing complement public transit?


August 9, 2017    Ethan Goffman

This is Part 1 of a two-part series on Via, a ride-hailing carpool-like service that has recently launched in Washington D.C. (Part 2 is here.) Buses cheaply transport masses of people but are slow and inconvenient. They make numerous stops, yet are still difficult for some to access. Uber and Lyft solve these problems, but… Read more »

Mobility: How technology will shape the way we travel

Mobility: How technology will shape the way we travel


August 2, 2017    Christine Perlick

Next-generation technologies are changing the way we travel, how we define transportation, and mobility options. Paul Mackie, our communications director, recently joined Tech Pulse TV’s panel of transportation experts to discuss emerging technologies shaping mobility, and how we will define mobility in the future. Today, somewhere between 75 to 85 percent of the cars on… Read more »

Why you should care about other modes now

Why you should care about other modes now


August 1, 2017    Maggie Awad

This article is excerpted from an article at Arlington Transportation Partners. Not too long ago, I was biking down 14th Street and was halfway doored by an SUV that had pulled partially into the bike lane to drop off some passengers. I say halfway because I was able to slow my speed enough that the impact wasn’t completely jarring and… Read more »

Could Uber and Lyft push to make paratransit efficient and affordable?

Could Uber and Lyft push to make paratransit efficient and affordable?


July 28, 2017    Angela Urban

Only seven to 10 percent of any age group with disabilities used paratransit or other specialized services for travel, according to a 2002 study by the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). The same study said that 8 to 31 percent of any age group with disabilities uses public transit. Those numbers haven’t likely changed… Read more »

Transit should cater to similar needs of seniors and Millennials

Transit should cater to similar needs of seniors and Millennials


July 27, 2017    Melissa Paluch

While Millennials and seniors are in diametrically opposing life stages, they are similar in many ways in their attitudes towards public transportation. Take the Millennials interviewed and surveyed back in 2012 and 2013 by the American Public Transportation Association’s Millennials & Mobility study and the Arlington, Va., seniors who participated in Mobility Lab’s focus groups… Read more »

Seniors, not just Millennials, may be turning away from driver’s licenses

Seniors, not just Millennials, may be turning away from driver’s licenses


July 26, 2017    Melissa Paluch

Millennials and seniors having anything in common may sound unusual. But when it comes to transportation, seniors age 65 and up may be following their 18-to-35-year-old cohorts’ lead by increasingly diversifying their transportation habits – or not having driver’s licenses all together. That is in line with what Mobility Lab found with some recent focus… Read more »

Survey: Arlington seniors are savvy users of public transportation

Survey: Arlington seniors are savvy users of public transportation


July 25, 2017    Melissa Paluch

Seniors in Arlington County, Va., have many similar traits to Millennials when it comes to using public transportation. This is one of several findings from a survey released today by Mobility Lab for Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS). “’Aging in place’ is what seniors expect,” said Bobbi Greenberg, acting bureau chief of ACCS. “What we… Read more »