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Accessibility and the sharing economy: Leap, Uber, Lyft and ADA requirements

Kendra Levine, librarian, Institute of Transportation Studies Library | April 22, 2015

The disruption of traditional transportation by startups like Uber and Lyft has created waves and caused many cities and agencies to re-examine how they regulate taxis and the livery system. Now it looks like upstarts like Leap and Chariot, aiming to disrupt public transit, may be on the same course. It was reported that last month a complaint was … Continue reading »

How metropolitan public transit can benefit wages and employment

Daniel Chatman, associate professor, city and regional planning | June 6, 2014

By Daniel G. Chatman and Robert B. Noland — Cities may become more productive when they expand their public transportation networks, if public transport investments lead to larger employment clusters and encourage metropolitan population growth. The benefits of such changes to physical agglomeration (or clustering) caused by transit improvements may consist of several different aspects, such … Continue reading »

Postcard from Barcelona: Looking at the Catalonian path to sustainability

Steven Weissman, associate director, Center for Law, Energy and the Environment | October 29, 2013

Flying into Barcelona, it becomes immediately obvious that this is a city with its eye on a sustainable future. Right along the waterfront is a large photovoltaic array, perched on four giant supports. It is emblematic of a broader set of initiatives that, for a short time, placed Spain at the forefront of renewable energy … Continue reading »

Transportation policy is housing policy

Stephen Menendian, assistant director, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society | September 6, 2013

Many years ago Haas Institute Executive Director john powell warned education advocates that “housing is education policy” — a refrain now regarded as common wisdom. The insight behind this assertion is a recognition that patterns of racial and economic isolation that manifest in schools and other educational environments are chiefly a function of residential housing … Continue reading »