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Public Transportation

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Issue Brief


Public Transportation - Overview



Goal Statement   one sentence that further defines the topic

To ensure transportation and related community development reflects democratic community participation and has economically and racially equitable outcomes. 


Local/State/National Information    additional information on this topic at the local, state, national, global level


Policy Options / Model Programs   link to profiles of specific policies or program models, grouped by type 

  • Inclusive Transit Programs
  • Smart Growth 

    • Complete Streets: Complete Streets is a policy and procedural approach to roadway design focused on the needs of all transportation users, regardless of their age, ability, or mode of travel. It provides a framework for planners, engineers, and elected officials to incorporate active forms of transportation into roadway design projects wherever feasible. 

    • Comprehensive Planning: Comprehensive planning is an attempt to establish guidelines for the future growth of a community. 

    • Location Efficient Development: Much like energy efficiency, the idea of location efficiency provides a new lens for using resources in a smarter, more sustainable way. Location-efficient communities are dense and vibrant, with walkable streets, access to transit, proximity to jobs, mixed land uses, and concentrations of retail and services.


Glossary of Terms   key words or phrases that the layperson needs to know to understand this issue 

  • eminent domain: the right of the government to acquire private property for a public purpose, provided the owner receives "just compensation" for that property[1]

  • environmental justice: the goal of equitable and proportionate outcomes across racial differences for all environmental and spatial policies, projects, and phenomena; the condition in which the environmental harms and benefits of projects are equitable and proportionately distributed across racial and spatial difference; the global/local movements working at the intersections of antiracism and environmentalism to pursue such outcomes[2]

  • gentrification: the process through which higher income households displace lower income residents of a neighborhood, changing the essential flavor of that neighborhood[3]

  • homestead: the condition in which a residential property owner also occupies that property as a resident

  • neoliberalism: the late-20th and early 21st century resurgence of policies, including transportation policies and developments, that advocate a return to market values and redistribute resources and power to the upper strata of society[4]

  • racial disparity: the difference in outcomes of a policy across lines of racial difference, and the conditions that help to shape how policies are experienced based on race

  • racial justice: the creation and proactive reinforcement of policies, practices, attitudes and actions that produce equitable power, access, opportunities, treatment, impaces and outcomes across all racial groups[5]

  • voluntary rent control: the commitment on the part of a rental property owner to maintain affordability for residents by keeping rent increases as incremental as possible, to increase rents in keeping or even below inflation




  • Grengs, Joe. (2005). The Abandoned Social Goals of Public Transit in the Neoliberal City of the USA. City,

    9(1), 51-66.

  • Executive Order 12898 of February 11, 1994.

  • Keleher, Terry. Racial Justice Leadership. Chicago: Applied Research Center, 2008. Original edition 2000.

  • Neighbors Standing Together to Save Our Homes and Preserve Our Community. St. Paul, MN.

  • Organizing Apprenticeship Project. Minneapolis, MN.





  1. 5th Amendment to U.S. Constitution.
  2. Executive Order 12898 of February 11, 1994.
  3. Neighbors Standing Together to Save Our Homes and Preserve Our Community. St. Paul, MN.
  4. Grengs, Joe. (2005). The Abandoned Social Goals of Public Transit in the Neoliberal City of the USA. City, 9(1), 51-66.
  5. Keleher, Terry. Racial Justice Leadership. Chicago: Applied Research Center, 2008. Original edition 2000.

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