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The Equitable Transportation Fund (ETF) evaluates the impacts of its awards by aligning them to fund goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely. They are designed to provide investment direction for future ETF Request for Proposals (RFPs) by showing progress to the four goal areas: 


Fund Goals

Advance Multimodal Infrastructure that fosters just transportation planning, uplifts structural policy change, increases investment in public transit and other mobility options, and reduces Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT).  

Impact Highlight

  • Boston Cyclists Union added a record 6.5 miles of permanent, protected bike lanes in 2020 through advocacy campaigns. 

  • San Francisco Bicycle Coalition advocated for the approval of two “quick-build” projects that were constructed in May 2021 and permanently designed streets for increased pedestrian and bicycle safety. 

  • Coalition for Smarter Growth instigated 4 immediate safety fixes Fairfax County, Virginia. Once complete, there were safer walking conditions for pedestrians.

  • Greater Greater Washington partnered with DDOT to produce accessible, simple, and geography-specific information on transportation planning, implementation, and safety. 

  • Futurewise used community roundtables to promote the activation of transit-oriented development, smaller block sizes, and affordable housing policies.

  • Move LA ran a fareless transit system pilot for over 1M students, low-income / affordable housing residents, and formerly incarcerated individuals.

  • Ride New Orleans helped their community access the December COVID relief bill that included $26 million in emergency funding for the Regional Transit Authority (RTA).

  • Transportation Choices Coalition taught people how to access the $70 billion in federal transit COVID relief funding using group advocacy strategies.

  • Move LA advanced equitable transportation by pursuing recovery funding from LA County to advance an active transportation project in South LA.

  • Together for Brothers accessed funding for equitable transportation by running the Zero Fares Campaign, making public transit free for the City of Albuquerque in 2024.

  • Boston Cyclist Union provided a $5,000 subgrant to a local priority community group, Bikes Not Bombs, strengthening their reach and engagement in the community.

  • Active Transportation Alliance supported priority communities by providing 7 sub-grants directly to local priority community partners.

  • Coalition for Smarter Growth was able to deeply engage the community and gain more participation by providing stipends to stakeholders through ETF funding.

  • Transportation Alternatives implemented Vision Zero policies by training community members as activists and advocates and building campaigns around community priorities.

  • LINK Houston nominated over 20 women and people of color from Houston to serve on the region’s metropolitan planning organization, changing how decisions are made.

  • Propel ATL obtained more equitable outcomes from the MARTA bus network redesign by engaging with, educating, and empowering those traditionally left out of decisions.


Activate and Track shifting to new transportation technologies

  • Payne-Phalen Community Council connected priority communities to low-cost, convenient, clean-energy transportation options via a local electric vehicle car share service.

Challenge Unjust Infrastructure by building capacity within priority communities and local environmental justice (EJ) groups

  • Ride New Orleans organized 5 different communities to comment on the New Links regional transit network redesign, resulting in informed and engaged priority communities.

  • Transportation Choices Coalition increased total participants by 40% by providing a weekly space where all organizers could coordinate around their campaigns.

  • Propel ATL reached over 1,250 community members by hosting community meetings and festivals to advance transit equity within the local bus service, MARTA. 

  • Seattle Neighborhood Greenways did outreach to priority communities so they could tell their personal experiences with transportation and safety to the Seattle DOT.

  • Action for Equity ensured that priority communities influenced and changed the design of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s proposed Bus Network Redesign.

  • East Metro Strong tripled community sign-ups for HourCar, a local nonprofit carshare organization, through their Transit + Carshare campaign. 

  • Transportation Alternatives collected more than 500 signatures petitioning for biking and walking improvements on NYC’s East River Bridge crossings.

  • Alliance for Metropolitan Stability organized 12 priority community organizations into the Blue Line Coalition, preventing displacement along the new LRT extension.

  • Sustain Charlotte hosting meetings and events to strengthen relationships with community groups to advocate for investment in the Transformational Mobility Network.

  • San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s Tenderloin Community Alternatives to Policing campaign was integrated into the San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency workplan.

Recognize and define what equitable transportation access is in your community, increasing capacity to access federal funding

  • Move Minnesota partnered with 4 transportation advocate groups to engage 100 people along 3 high traffic streets in Minneapolis, resulting in increased safety and less traffic.

  • Active Transportation Alliance built partnerships with 12 different community transportation advocates across the region for increased collaboration on aligned goals.

  • Health by Design held a Health Equity Summit and built new partnerships with community transportation advocates within Indiana’s transportation eco-system.

  • LINK Houston maintains 8 equitable transportation roundtables and serves on the board of community organizations due to persistent engagement with priority communities.

  • Boston Cyclist Union formed a relationship with the Barr Foundation and was able to leverage an $50,000 ETF grant into $20,000 additional funds.

  • Futurewise and two community partners leveraged $45,000 in ETF funding to secure a 3-year $100,000 grant from the Seattle Foundation.

  • Payne-Phalen Community Council leveraged $44,750 in ETF funding to capture $1.67 million in US Department of Energy funding to extend Evie carsharing on St. Paul’s East Side.

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