The US is the source of many of the car-oriented policies that have influenced cities around the world to the detriment of climate, health, as well as social and racial equity. Today, even as many US cities are demonstrating that change is possible, several structural challenges persist. The legacy of urban planning divides regions along racial lines. Transport has a high cost burden on families and individuals as a share of household expenditures. Transport contributes substantially to national GHG emissions and local air pollution.
With offices in Boston and Los Angeles, ITDP US is providing guidance and support to municipalities from coast to coast. In greater Boston, where residents are seeing the benefits of bus improvements through the BostonBRT initiative, we work to move the region closer to implementing full Bus Rapid Transit, while reimagining how streets can function to bridge equity gaps and fight climate change. We are also working with municipalities in Los Angeles County to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution with an equity lens by realizing people-first streets and rapid transit service in areas of high need.
ITDP’s approach includes a process that balances global and national knowledge coupled with localized collaboration with partner organizations. US cities have a long history of economic and social segregation. Our work is to accelerate change toward mobility freedom, access to opportunities and a just future. Cities such as Boston, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Seattle are redesigning streets to give priority to cyclists, pedestrians and transit riders, and planning and implementing quality BRT systems to meet growing demand for transport options beyond private cars and inaccessible public spaces.
Practitioners in the US working on BRT projects can join peer-to-peer knowledge sharing by signing up to the US BRT Community of Practice Network.
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