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Tools for Equitable Mobility

December 15, 2021

This guide is meant to advance equity in the transportation field. Across the nation, there is growing recognition that transportation policies and investments have harmed, and been used as tools to marginalize, Black and brown neighborhoods, people with disabilities, and other groups. Initiated and funded by the Barr Foundation, this guide seeks to help public agencies, and the advocates and organizers who influence them, to make decisions that advance transportation equity.This guide reviews six of the nation's leading tools for assessing potential equity impacts of new transportation policy decisions, explains the context and preconditions for the effective use of these tools, and suggests complementary activities. People who work at transportation public agencies at all levels are the primary audiences for this tool, as they have the power and responsibility to change their behavior; advocates, organizers, and community groups can also use this guide to encourage their public agency partners to use the tools profiled here.

Transit-Oriented Development in the Chicago Region: Efficient and Resilient Communities for the 21st Century

May 7, 2013

In this report CNT researchers evaluated the dynamics of the Chicago Region's 367 fixed Metra and CTA rail stations and station areas between 2000 and 2010. Using the National TOD Database, a first-of-its-kind web tool developed by CNT that provides access to comprehensive information about more than 4,000 transit zones across the United States, researchers identified the transit zones that performed well: those that anchored vital, walkable communities that possess an affordable, high quality of life with minimal impact on the environment. While Chicago made significant investments in TOD during that time period, researchers found that peer cities (based on extensive transit system size) had more successful development of transit zones. Six case studies. Five recommendations.

Creating a Chicago Regional Building Energy Efficiency System

December 1, 2009

The Chicago area's homes and offices must be brought up to 21st century standards for energy efficiency, both to save money and to reduce climate altering green house gas emissions. Federal money available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) can jumpstart the creation of a market and infrastructure for accomplishing this, while utility and other financing can sustain the work over the long term.In launching this effort, the Chicago area does not need to reinvent the wheel; successful programs in other states offer principles and models for how to proceed. The Chicago area should immediately begin a two-track process for creating a Chicago Area Building Energy Efficiency System. The first track would identify funding, including ARRA funds to quickly ramp up existing programs to launch significant weatherization initiatives in appropriate locations around the seven-county region. The second track would begin designing the network or institution to carry on this work over the long term.While there are significant hurdles, creating such a system would meet the needs of homeowners, municipalities, utilities, suppliers, and citizens. By strategically combining available resources and existing knowledge, the Chicago area can undertake the massive work of making its physical structure more energy efficient, in the process bringing environmental and economic benefits to the eight million people who live in this region.

Transforming Vision into Action: An Evaluation of the Wireless Community Network

December 1, 2006

The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) established pilot projects in the Chicagoland area to deliver very low-cost, high-speed broadband access to homes, small businesses, and community-based institutions. This report describes the process of creating and implementing a wireless network in four unique community settings and the impact of the wireless network upon the anchor/partner organization and community residents (end-users). In addition, the research data was used to help create a business model for sustaining the wireless network.

Preserving and Promoting Diverse Transit-Oriented Neighborhoods

October 1, 2006

This report, researched and written by staff at the Center for Neighborhood Technology, Reconnecting America, and Strategic Economics -- working together as the Center for Transit-Oriented Development -- makes a substantial new contribution to our knowledge base regarding mixed-income, mixed-race housing. We now know, via this report, that there are ample opportunities for the creation of mixed-income, mixed-race housing in transit zones. Demand for transit-oriented housing is projected to soar over the next twenty years. Locating mixed-income housing in these particular settings carries the remarkable advantage of permitting residents to stretch their budgets because transit use can lower transportation costs substantially.

The Affordability Index: A New Tool for Measuring the True Affordability of a Housing Choice

January 1, 2006

This brief describes a new information tool developed by the Urban Markets Initiative to quantify, for the first time, the impact of transportation costs on the affordability of housing choices. This brief explains the background, creation, and purpose of this new tool. The first section provides a project overview and a short summary of the method used to create the Affordability Index. The next section highlights the results from testing the index in a seven-county area in and around Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN. To demonstrate the usefulness of this tool at a neighborhood level, the third section projects the effect of transportation and housing choices on three hypothetical low- and moderate-income families in each of four different neighborhoods in the Twin Cities. The brief concludes with suggested policy recommendations and applications of the new tool for various actors in the housing market, and for regulators, planners, and funders in the transportation and land use arenas at all levels of government. The Housing and Transportation Affordability Index is a groundbreaking innovation because it prices the trade-offs that households make between housing and transportation costs and the savings that derive from living in communities that are near shopping, schools, and work, and that boast a transit-rich environment. Built using data sets that are available for every transit-served community in the nation, the tool can be applied in neighborhoods in more than 42 cities in the United States. It provides consumers, policymakers, lenders, and investors with the information needed to make better decisions about which neighborhoods are truly affordable, and illuminate the implications of their policy and investment choices.

Driven to Spend: Pumping Dollars Out of Our Households and Communities

June 1, 2005

This report examines the impacts of transportation spending on households in the 28 metro areas for which the federal government collects expenditure data and of rising gas prices on both households and regional economies. It finds that households in regions that have invested in public transportation reap financial benefits from having access to affordable mobility options, even as gas prices rise, and that regions with public transit are losing less per household from the increase in gas prices than those without transit options.

Hidden in Plain Sight: Capturing the Demand for Housing Near Transit

June 1, 2004

The study looks at: national real estate and consumer trends that affect the potential market for housing within a 1/2-mile of fixed guideway transit stops (TOD); the demographics and travel behavior of residents who live near transit; the potential demand for housing within walking distance of transit stations in the year 2025; and the ability of transit-served regions to accommodate this emerging consumer market. The study result in four major accomplishments: analysis of CTOD's national TOD database -- a GIS platform for analyzing conditions around the nation's 3,353 fixed transit stops and the 638 additional stations that will be built by 2025; regional housing demand projections for the types of households that show a preference for living in transit-oriented communities; a methodology for assessing the unused capacity of areas within walking distance of transit, which can be used to help measure a region's potential for TOD; and a test of the study's methodology in seven case study regions.