Because of the recent “Inflation Reduction Act”, there has never been a better time to invest in an EV and there should be no hesitation because of distance limitations because of the median 234 mile range, says Gil Tal.
Because of strong tax incentives and attractive investment packages, Southern states are “fighting hard” according to Gil Tal, to become major space for EV manufacturing.
Eli Alston-Stepnitz, Angela Sanguinetti and Mollie D’Agostino discuss reliable and affordable transportation pilot programs launched in Oakland, Bakersfield, and Pittsburgh PA, testing the concept of Universal Basic Mobility.
Transportation policies and investments have played a significant role in creating and perpetuating the deep racial inequities that exist in America today. Due in part to historic exclusion from decision-making processes, we have created a transportation system that has limited access by people of color and other marginalized groups to work, education, health, and other opportunities. Our highways have benefitted suburban and mostly white commuters while destroying and isolating many urban Black and brown communities. Transit investments too often have prioritized rail access for higher-income communities over bus and rail access for lower-income communities. Freight facilities and traffic have been concentrated in disadvantaged communities, disrupting those communities and worsening air quality and pedestrian safety.
ITS-Davis acknowledges that racism has influenced academic research, instruction and training, and the makeup of our research community. We recognize that our research has helped to shape America’s transportation system and its inequities. ITS-Davis takes seriously its responsibility to address this racism and is committed to research and higher education that is diverse, equitable, inclusive and that furthers justice.
Acknowledging this history, ITS-Davis and the Policy Institute are taking action to create a more accessible and equitable transportation future—one that serves all people–and to instill the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion into the core values of our organizations, in our research, education, and outreach programs, and our workplace.
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