August 18, 2009 

Reduction in service and rise in fares in cities across the country especially harmful for families, elderly, low-income & minority populations  

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Americans across the country, in towns large and small, are being hurt by fare increases and draconian cuts in public transportation service, an epidemic that did not have to happen, according to a report released today by Transportation for America and the Transportation Equity Network.

New report shows journalists and advocates where the transportation money is and how to steer it to the communities that need it most

It’s not too late for stimulus-funded public transportation projects to be steered to help millions of Americans hit “first and worst” by the economic downturn, according to a new report by the advocacy groups PolicyLink and the Transportation Equity Network.

The report, An Engine of Opportunity: A User’s Guide to Advocate for Transportation Equity in the 2009 Recovery Act, shows advocates and journalists how billions in transportation funding is being pumped out to the state and local level – and spotlights the key deadlines, reporting requirements and policy targets that are still to come.

The Road to Good Jobs examines employment discrimination against African Americans and women in the construction industry.  The report builds on its predecessor, The Road to Jobs (released in 2007), by discussing patterns of pay and union membership in construction across the nation's top twenty-five metropolitan areas.

The study is the first of its kind, using census and other government data to examine the employment of African Americans, Hispanics, and women in the construction field in 18 metropolitan areas, most of which are Midwestern and Northeastern cities that have seen most industrial jobs disappear.  The study found that African-Americans, Latinos and women are underrepresented compared to whites in every one of the 18 metropolitan areas.