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Transportation Equity Project
The Pratt Center's Transportation Equity Project works with grassroots organizations to make New York's transportation systems serve the needs of all New Yorkers and support sustainable growth of the city and its neighborhoods. Through research, policy advocacy, and organizing, the Transportation Equity Project promotes
- Faster commutes for those with the longest rides.
We use our data and mapping expertise to identify who in New York City needs better transit most urgently and examine cost-effective strategies for addressing those gap
- Car and truck traffic reduction.
We work to take vehicles off the road by promoting swifter, easier mass transit, and freight rail infrastructure that will reduce truck traffic.
- Environmental quality and pedestrian safety.
We help low- and moderate-income communities to create greenways and green streets where people can walk, bike, and breathe safely
- Community participation in transportation policy.
Pratt Center supports civic and community groups organizing across the city and region for cost-effective transportation investments that strengthen neighborhoods.
Our programs include:
- Bus Rapid Transit
BRT is New York's mass transit system of the future: a cost-effective network that speedily connects underserved neighborhoods with places to work, learn and play.
Communities United for Transportation Equity is a citywide coalition of community and civic organizations organizing for transit investments that work for low-income New Yorkers.
- Sheridan Expressway Campaign
The Southern Bronx River Watershed Alliance is advancing an alternative plan to provide efficient access to the Hunts Point peninsula, and redevelop the 28-acre footprint of the Sheridan Expressway for housing, parkland, and commercial space.
In 2009, Sustainability and Environmental Justice director Joan Byron received the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management's Leadership in Transportation Award for her work promoting transportation equity and bus rapid transit.