With a commitment to equity and a focus on results, we can build a transportation system that truly works for all
Roads & Bridges
By AXEL SANTANA
OCTOBER 16, 2020
Safe, affordable transportation choices are a cornerstone to healthy communities. Public transit and quality pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure can connect residents to jobs, schools, and other critical services without a vehicle. They support physical activity and reduce health-harming pollution that is also one of the most significant contributors to global climate change. All communities, whether Black or White, rich or poor, deserve to enjoy the benefits of a quality transportation system. Unfortunately, generations of systemic racism and exclusion have concentrated freeways and other polluting transportation infrastructure in low-income communities and communities of color while at the same time limiting investment in critical public transportation and pedestrian infrastructure that could have a transformative impact on the lives of residents. In addition, America’s infrastructure is aging and crumbling, and we need significant investments over the next decade to repair, upgrade, and expand our roads, bridges, buildings, and built environment. Sustainable transportation options are limited, unaffordable, inconvenient, and often unsafe for too many communities. While these problems affect all of us, they are particularly challenging for low-income people and people of color who are more likely to be transit dependent. Rural communities and people with disabilities are also uniquely impacted by these challenges.
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