ABOUT THE CHALLENGE
Just Transit is a community challenge with a simple goal: reduce emissions while making transportation options more equitable.
Cities are changing. Communities are growing, but the density of those communities varies from concentrated urban growth to suburban expansion. Mobility options are increasing, but so are the questions and tradeoffs that city officials, urban planners, local nonprofits and entrepreneurs are facing:
- How do you build smarter transit routes while ensuring equitable access to diverse and wide-reaching communities?
- How can you keep up with new technologies and mobility options like electric vehicles and ride-sharing, and determine which are the right ones for the future of your community?
- How do we maintain livable communities where human-powered transportation is accessible and appealing for all?
In 2015, the Just Transit Challenge focused on some of these questions in San Francisco, mobilizing an established but disconnected network of transportation solutions to design the future of transit in the city, and to do so with innovative partnerships and a commitment to implement the solutions within two-years. In 2017, we brought the Just Transit Challenge to Fresno and Long Beach. This year, the Just Transit Challenge is designed to discover innovative solutions in Los Angeles because we believe that everyone should get around town efficiently, that transit systems should work effectively, and that clean air should be accessible by all.
While we carefully consider all ideas, the best ones will keep the following principles in mind: