Equity & Social Justice 2020: Transit, transportation, and urban planning articles


July 6, 2020 LAist: One Way to Address LA’s Racial Inequality? Build More Parks in Communities of Color

June 29, 2020 Mass Transit Magazine: L.A. Metro Highlights Programs That Work Toward Racial Justice

June 26, 2020 SCVNews: L.A. County Metro Officials Vote to Explore Policing Alternatives

June 25, 2020 ABC Los Angeles: LA Metro Board to Vote on Replacing Armed Officers on Transit

June 25, 2020 CBS Los Angeles: LA Metro Asks for Report on Potentially Removing Armed Officers from Buses, Trains

June 25, 2020 KFI: L.A. Metro Board to Consider Review of Transit Policing

June 25, 2020 Los Angeles Daily News: LA Metro Looks to Reimagine Public Safety on County’s Bus and Rail Lines

June 25, 2020 MyNewsLA: Are LA Metro Bus, Rail Cops Too Tough? Major Review of Use-of-Force

June 25, 2020 MyNewsLA: L.A. Metro Board to Consider review of Transit Policing

June 25, 2020 NBC Los Angeles: Metro Board Considers the Future of Law Enforcement’s Role on LA’s Transit System

June 25, 2020 Spectrum News 1: LA Metro Board to Consider Review of Transit Policing

June 25, 2020 Streetsblog LA: Metro Board Approves Steps Toward Reworking Transit Policing

June 24, 2020 Streetsblog LA: Advocates Urge Metro to Reimagine Public Safety Starting at tomorrow’s Board Meeting

June 23, 2020 National Review: L.A. Public Transit Encouraged employees to read Material on “Anti-Racism,” Undergo “Unconscious Bias” Training

June 19, 2020 Streetsblog LA: Divesting from Police and Investing in Community Safety on L.A. Metro

June 18, 2020 LAist: LA Metro Leaders Want to Rethink Policing on the County’s Transit System

June 18, 2020 Pasadena Now: L.A. Metro Board Directors File Motion to Revise Agency’s Policing Policies

June 18, 2020 Streetsblog LA: Four New Motions Would Reimagine Metro Law Enforcement on Transit

June 16, 2020 Streetsblog LA: Editorial: Metro’s Black Lives Matter Statement — Fixed It For You

June 11, 2020 Curbed LA: Why L.A.’s freeways Are Symbolic Sites of Protest

June 10, 2020 The Source: Los Angeles Metro Statement on Black Lives Matter and Our Commitment to Fighting Racial Injustice

June 3, 2020 LAist: Why Are LA Metro Buses Taking People Arrested In Protests To Jail?

June 3, 2020 New York Times: In Los Angeles, the Ghosts of Rodney King and Watts Rise Again

June 2, 2020 The Hub: Demonstrations Again Disrupt Metro Service in Los Angeles

June 2, 2020 Los Angeles Times: Pasajeros y Funcionarios Critican el Cierre de Todo el Sistema de Metro: “Quien aprobo esto?”

June 2, 2020 Streetsblog Los Angeles: Metro Sides With Police, Against Riders — Shuts Down System, Shuttles Arrestees

June 1, 2020 Canyon News: LA Metro Service Interrupted Due to Protest

June 1, 2020 Canyon News: Metro Reimbursing Riders for Suspended Saturday Night Trips

June 1, 2020 Daily News: Metro Resumes Bus, Rail Service in Wake of LA Protests; Will Reimburse Stranded Riders

June 1, 2020 Los Angeles Times: “Who Approved This?” Riders, Officials Criticize Metro’s Systemwide Shutdown

June 1, 2020 The Source: Metro Explains Decision to Suspend Service Saturday Night and Law Enforcement’s Use of Our Buses

May 31, 2020 KNX1070: LA Metro Resumes All Bus and Rail Service After Suspending Service in Protest Areas

May 31, 2020 KTLA: L.A. Metro Apologizes to People “Stranded” After Services Were Halted Over Protests

May 30, 2020 NBC Los Angeles: Metro Suspends Service for All Bus and Rail During LA Curfew


July 27, 2020 Bicycling: Systemic Racism Can’t Be Fixed Without Tackling It Within Cycling: Stories From Black People Who Love Bikes

July 10, 2020 Smart Cities Dive: Boston Residents of Color More Likely to Live by High-Polluting Roads

July 8, 2020 Dorchester Reporter: Commentary: The Reality is that Transit Justice is Racial Justice

July 8, 2020 Green Biz: Why the Electric Vehicle Industry Should Care About Racial Justice

July 7, 2020 Lowell Sun: Opinion: Should Free Public Transit Be Offered to Neighborhoods of Color in Boston

July 7, 2020 Urban Institute: How Cities are Making Equity a Priority in the New Mobility Space

July 6, 2020 Politico: Police Reformers Eye Transit Cops amid Steep Deficits

July 6, 2020 Streetsblog USA: Can Tactical Urbanism be a Tool for Equity? A Conversation with Mike Lydon and Tony Garcia

July 5, 2020 NPR: ‘The Wrong Complexion for Protection.’ How Race Shaped America’s Roadways and Cities

July 3, 2020 Jacobin: Public Transportation is a Human Right

July 2, 2020 Architectural Digest: Why Justice in Design s Critical to Repairing America

July 2, 2020 Curbed: Why Bus-Loving rep. Ayanna Pressley Wants Transit to Be Free

July 1, 2020 Foreign Policy: Seeing Race in a Pandemic

July 1, 2020 Marketplace: The Coronavirus has Highlighted the Transit Inequalities in America

July 1, 2020 Natural Resources Defense Council: A Pivotal Moment for Sustainable Transportation

July 1, 2020 Streetsblog: Op-Ed: Making Black Lives Matter in Street Safety

July 1, 2020 Streetsblog USA: Op Ed: Why Baltimore Needs Its Own RTA to Achieve Real Transit Justice

June 26, 2020 Washington Post: Nearly 30 Years After the ADA, the Nation’s Transit Agencies report Successes and Shortfalls

June 22, 2020 Curbed NY: This Lawsuit Could Change How NYC Plans Neighborhoods

June 22, 2020 Houston Chronicle: Bolstered by Racial Justice Debate, Critics of I-45 Project Call for Protection of Vulnerable Communities

July 21, 2020 Treehugger: Rich Americans Emit Up To 15 Times as Much Carbon as Their Poorer Neighbors

July 20, 2020 CityLab: To Fight Racism, Transit Has a Key Role: Black Lives Matter Protests are Showing how City Leaders and Transit Agencies Must Reprioritize Infrastructure Investments, a Public Transit Offical Argues

July 17, 2020 Rewire: How Discussions of ‘Neighborhood Character’ Reinforce Structural Racism

July 1, 2020 Planetizen: Anti-Racist Planning: A View from Elsewhere

July 1, 2020 Streetsblog NYC: Op-Ed: Making Black Lives Matter in Street Safety

June 30, 2020 Streetsblog Massachusetts: ‘People Before Highways’ Author Picked to Head Boston’s New Equity Cabinet

June 30, 2020 Streetsblog NYC: The Budget Pain: Mayor’s Fair Fares Cut Falls Heavily on Lower-Income Transit Riders

June 29, 2020 Atlanta Journal Constitution: Groups: Ease Atlanta Police Enforcement of Traffic Violations

June 29, 2020 Energy Institute at Haas: Five Arguments for Making Subways Free

June 29, 2020 Smithsonian: How Urban Design Can Make or Break Protests

June 29, 2020 The Nation: What Does It Really Mean to Invest in Black Communities?

June 26, 2020 Boston.com Ayanna Pressley and Ed Markey Want to Eliminate Public Transit Fares. Here’s How

June 26, 2020 CityLab: Public Transit Faces Its Own Police Reckoning

June 26, 2020 Politico: How Planes, Trains and Automobiles Worsened America’s Racial Divide

June 25, 2020 Streetsblog California: California Transportation Commission Passes Complete Streets Funding and Talks About Equity

June 25, 2020 Smart Cities Dive: Transit Agencies Weight Security Forces Amid Calls to Defund Police

June 25, 2020 Streetsblog Chicago: Designing Self-Policing Streets, and Other Mobility Justice Strategies

June 25, 2020 Streetsblog New York: Campaign to Remove NYPD from Traffic Enforcement Gains Steam

June 25, 2020 WHYY: White Urbanists: Let’s Use Our Privilege to Advocate for Anti-Racist Design

June 24, 2020 ASLA Dirt: Interview with Walter Hood: Black Landscapes Matter

June 24, 2020 Brookings: Black Essential Workers’ Lives Matter. They Deserve Real Change, Not Just Lip Service

June 23, 2020 CityLab: In Seattle, Protests Over Racial Equity Turn to Land Ownership

June 23, 2020 Mother Jones: Mass Transit May Be a Factor in the Disparate COVID-19 Infection rate Among Black Americans

June 23, 2020 Seattle Times: Ask an Expert: How Can Transportation Planners Better Serve Black and Brown People?

June 22, 2020 Houston Chronicle: Bolstered by Racial Justice Debate, Critics of I-45 Project Call for Protection of Vulnerable Communities

June 22, 2020 Places Journal: Our Next Step on Anti-Racism in Design

June 19, 2020 CityLab: In Suburbs and Small Towns, Racial Justice Takes Center Stage

June 18, 2020 Planetizen: Planning Beyond Mass Incarceration

June 17, 2020 Curbed: How to End Anti-Blackness in Cities

June 17, 2020 Pamplin Media: TriMet Moves Transit Police Funds to Community-Based Services

June 17, 2020 Streetsblog SF: SPUR Talk: Abandon Fares?

June 17, 2020 Voice of San Diego: A $2.50 Fare Evasion Ticket Can Upend Low-Income Residents’ Lives

June 12, 2020 Bike Portland: Portland Transportation Bureau Vows to be “More Inclusive and Anti-Racist”

June 12, 2020 Jalopnik: The Case for Ending All Traffic Stops

June 12, 2020 Vox: Is It Time to Build Feminist Cities?

June 11, 2020 Eno Center for Transportation: Op-Ed: Transportation and the Police: Reconsidering Traffic Enforcement

June 10, 2020 Canadian Urban Institute: How Do We Respond to Anti-Black Racism in urbanist Practices and Conversations?

June 10, 2020 CityLab: This is Not the End of Cities: Both the Coronavirus Pandemic and the Black Lives Matter Movement Create Opportunities to Reshape Cities in More Equitable Ways

June 10, 2020 Connect Savannah: Seeking Equity in Transportation

June 10, 2020 KUT: Project Connect Makes a Lot of Promises: Equity is One of Them

June 10, 2020 NBC News: Why “I Can’t Breathe” is Resonating with Environmental Justice Activists

June 10, 2020 San Francisco Chronicle: Muni Says It Won’t Transport Police to Protests: “We Have a Lot of Work To Do”

June 10, 2020 Streetsblog SF: Police Union to Muni: Drop Dead

June 10, 2020 TransitCenter: “Let Them Take Uber”

June 10, 2020 Vox: Some Cities are Shutting Down Transit After Curfew. It’s a Problem for Essential Workers and Protesters

June 9, 2020 ArchDaily: Public Spaces: Places of Protest, Expression and Social Engagement

June 9, 2020 Bicycling: Why We must Talk About Race When We Talk About Bikes

June 9, 2020 Courier Journal: Opinion: In Fight for Justice, Zoning Laws That Exclude Low-Income People Must Be Changed

June 9, 2020 Streetsblog Chicago: CTA Bus Driver Alleges He Was Disciplined For Organizing Against Transporting Police

June 8, 2020 APTA: Statement by the American Public Transportation Association [on equity in aftermath of George Floyd murder]

June 8, 2020 Chicago Sun Times: Bus Driver Accuses CTA of Taking Him Off the Job After Discussing Safety During George Floyd Protests

June 8, 2020 CityLab: “Safe Streets” are Not Safe for Black Lives

June 8, 2020 Governing: A Crisis Within a Crisis: How COVID Fueled the Protests

June 8, 2020 ITS International: Transit Decisions During Demos “Not Easy or Obvious”

June 8, 2020 KPIX: [San Francisco] Muni to Pause Service for 8 Minutes 46 Seconds to Honor George Floyd

June 8, 2020 Streetsblog USA: Houston’s I-45 Project is More “Urban Renewal” Racism

June 8, 2020 Streetsblog USA: New Trump Executive Order Will Pollute Black Communities

June 7, 2020 Planetizen: Mobility-as-a-Service Providers Disappear Along With Public Transit During Protests

June 7, 2020 Planetizen: Racial Equity and Urban Climate Action

June 7, 2020 Washington Post: On Historic Day of Protests, Metro Ridership Hit Highest Level Since Coronavirus Pandemic

June 6, 2020 New York Magazine: To Trumpers, the Shared Space of the Street is an Unprivatized Threat

June 5, 2020 AASHTO Journal: EPW Hearing: Infrastructure Vital to Recovery, Social Equity

June 5, 2020 Bloomberg: The Battle for Public Space Plays Out in Trump’s Backyard

June 5, 2020 Curbed: 5 Essential Books to Read on Making Cities Anti-Racist

June 5, 2020 Greater Greater Washington: National Links: The Complicated Intersection of Protests and Transit Safety

June 5, 2020 NextCity: Texas Transit Agencies Bring the Grocery Store to Their Riders

June 5, 2020 National Resources Defense Council: INVEST: A Roadmap to Sustainable, Equitable Transportation

June 5, 2020 Streetsblog Chicago: Transportation Planners and Advocates: What Legacy Will You Leave for Racial Justice?

June 5, 2020 WBUR: MBTA Will Stop Busing Boston Non-Transit Police To and From Demonstrations

June 4, 2020 Boston.com: The MBTA is Under Growing Criticism for Closing Train Stations During Police Violence Protests. Steve Poftak is Trying to Explain

June 4, 2020 Crain’s Chicago Business: Matching Transit to Economic Need: We Have a New Way to Develop All Neighborhoods Without Displacing People — Equitable Transit-Oriented Development

June 4, 2020 Medium: Uber, Lyft, and Revel Curfew Shutdowns Leave Riders Stranded

June 4, 2020 News4Jax: Councilman: Gas Tax Could Help Tackle Racial Disparaties in Predominantly Black Jacksonville Communities

June 4, 2020 Planetizen: Connecting the Dots Between Planning and Policing

June 4, 2020 Streetsblog NYC: Op-Ed: Protests Lay Bare Structural Racism in Mass-Transit Policing

June 4, 2020 Vice: Lyft and Citi Bike Stand with the Protesters — Just Not Past 6pm

June 4, 2020 WBUR: Local Transit Leaders Criticize MBTRA’s Move to Close Stations Following Protests

June 4, 2020 WHDH: MBTA Board Orders That Buses Won’t Transport Police to Protests, Protesters to Police

June 4, 2020 WIRED: Curfews Halt Transit Services — and Leave Riders Stranded

June 3, 2020 CityLab: America’s Cities Were Designed to Oppress

June 3, 2020 CityLab: The Racial Injustice of American Highways

June 3, 2020 CNN: Cities Criticized For Shutting Down Bikeshare Amid protests, Pandemic

June 3, 2020 Fast Company: Racism is Built Into U.S. Cities: Here’s How Architects Can Fight Back

June 3, 2020 Grist: Cities are Shutting Down Bikeshares During Curfews, Stranding Their Own Residents

June 3, 2020 NBC Dallas-Fort Worth: Transportation is a Dallas Equity Issue

June 3, 2020 San Francisco Chronicle: Why Did BART Close Nine Stations During the Protests?

June 3, 2020 Smart Cities Dive: Public Transit Advocates React to George Floyd Protests

June 3, 2020 Streetsblog USA: PoC Leaders Demand Anti-Racism from Transportation Community

June 3, 2020 Streetsblog USA: Under the Banner of “Urbanism”: An Interview with Kristen Jeffers

June 2, 2020 Greater Greater Washington: Urbanist Organizations speak Out About Racial Justice and White Supremacy

June 2, 2020 Houston Chronicle: Metro Bus Used to Transport Detained Protesters an Error in Heat of Moment, Houston Police Say

June 2, 2020 Jalopnik: Electric Scooters Finally Prove Useful

June 2, 2020 NextCity: Black People have Been Building a Better World. Who Will Join Them?

June 2, 2020 Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Transit Union: Port Authority Operators Will No Longer Transport Police

June 2, 2020 Streetsblog New York: In Their Own Words: Black New Yorkers Talk About Their Fear in Public Space

June 2, 2020 Streetsblog USA: City Transport Officials Condemn Police Violence and Affirm Black Lives Matter

June 1, 2020 Bloomberg: What Mayors are Saying About the George Floyd Protests

June 1, 2020 Boston.com: MBTA Defends Decision to Close Downtown Boston Stations Following Protests

June 1, 2020 Business Insider: Bus Drivers and Their Unions are Refusing to Transport Protesters Arrested by Police

June 1, 2020 CityMetric: America’s Cities Can’t Police Their Way Out of This Crisis

June 1, 2020 Crain’s Chicago Business: Why Public Transit Matters in the George Floyd Protests

June 1, 2020 Human Transit: Should Public Transit Shut Down for Civil Disturbances?

June 1, 2020 Marketplace: What Can the Government Do to Revitalize Distressed Neighborhoods?

June 1, 2020 The Nation: Transit is a Social Justice Issue in the 2020 Election

June 1, 2020 Planetizen: Commandeered Buses, System Shutdowns: Transit on the Frontlines of Protests

June 1, 2020 Planetizen: Violence Against Black Americans a Moment of Reckoning for the Planning Profession

June 1, 2020 Progressive Railroading: Protests, Curfews Prompt Rail Service Suspensions

June 1, 2020 SPUR: A Letter to White Urbanists

June 1, 2020 Streetsblog Chicago: Transit Shutdowns, Which Hurt Vulnerable People the Most, Are Not a Public Safety Solution

June 1, 2020 Streetsblog Massachusetts: Streets Need to Be Safe for Black Lives, Too

May 31, 2020 New York Daily News: We’re Not Driving the Bus for the Cops to Arrest Protesters: Bus Drivers Across U.S. Defy Police

May 30, 2020 Time: Bus Drivers in Minneapolis and New York City Have Refused to Help with Police Transportation

May 29, 2020 Vice: Minneapolis Bus drivers Refuse to Transport George Floyd Protesters to Jail

May 27, 2020 The Conversation: Poor and Black “Invisible Cyclists” Need to be Part of Post-Pandemic Transport Planning, Too

May 27, 2020 New Jersey Spotlight: Op-Ed: Improving Transit Equity as a Pandemic Recovery Strategy

May 26, 2020 Bloomberg: The Toxic Intersection of Racism and Public Space

May 22, 2020 Journal of Planning Education and Research: Planning Beyond Mass Incarceration

May 20, 2020 Streetsblog Chicago: How Do We Make Sure That Open Streets Are Truly Open for Everyone?

October 21, 2019 Transportation Today: New Future of Transportation Caucus Formed in House of Representatives