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?
Mobility: How technology will shape the way we travel Mobility: How technology will shape the way we travel
Mobility: How technology will shape the way we travel
Mobility: How technology will shape the way we travel
Why you should care about other modes now Why you should care about other modes now
Why you should care about other modes now
Why you should care about other modes now
Could Uber and Lyft push to make paratransit efficient and affordable? Could Uber and Lyft push to make paratransit efficient and affordable?
Could Uber and Lyft push to make paratransit efficient and affordable?
Could Uber and Lyft push to make paratransit efficient and affordable?
Transit should cater to similar needs of seniors and Millennials Transit should cater to similar needs of seniors and Millennials
Transit should cater to similar needs of seniors and Millennials
Transit should cater to similar needs of seniors and Millennials

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

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 »

Equal Rights Center sues Uber for denying equal access to people who use wheelchairs – TechCrunch

Equal Rights Center sues Uber for denying equal access to people who use wheelchairs – TechCrunch


July 10, 2017    Mobility Lab Web

The Equal Rights Center is suing Uber for denying equal access to its services for people with disabilities. According to the lawsuit, the ERC alleges that Uber has chosen not to include wheelchair-accessible cars as an option in its standard UberX fleet of vehicles, and excludes people who use wheelchairs in Washington, D.C. After conducting… Read more »

Annual bikeshare conference brings focus to equity, integration, and growth

Annual bikeshare conference brings focus to equity, integration, and growth


November 17, 2016    Adam Russell

Last week, the North American Bike Share Association brought together bikeshare systems from across the continent to Austin, Texas, for its third annual conference. BikeArlington program manager Henry Dunbar, who manages Capital Bikeshare in Arlington County, Va., attended the conference, and reports back that three major themes dominated the presentations. A growing mode Though NABSA… Read more »

After 60 years, chances to overcome the interstate system’s legacy

After 60 years, chances to overcome the interstate system’s legacy


September 20, 2016    Andrew Carpenter

Editor’s note: This is one of the final parts of our Transpo(nation) series, in which Andrew Carpenter bicycled across the U.S. – from San Francisco back to Washington, D.C. – to report on transportation options. A series about transportation across the United States would be remiss to gloss over the country’s highway system. Rather than… Read more »

WABA designing a regional bike lane map to inform a more equitable network

WABA designing a regional bike lane map to inform a more equitable network


September 9, 2016    Adam Russell

Across Washington, D.C., and its bordering counties in Virginia and Maryland, the data on bike facilities and who has access to them can be awkward to piece together. The region is blessed with scores of miles of bike lanes and trails, up from very few in 2000. But when D.C., for example, says it has “75 miles of bike… Read more »