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CNT Welcomes New Project Manager for Water & Climate Resilience Sajani Neeraja

The urgency at which climate issues must be addressed cannot be understated, and we continue to observe marginalized populations endure their effects disproportionately. It is more pressing than ever to rethink old systems, and I view CNT as a step in the right direction towards this more innovative, holistic rethinking of our societal framework. As a young professional, much of what has motivated me to pursue each of my previous academic and professional roles was my observation of certain... Continue reading »


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Equity in Practice

by TransitCenter and CNT
September 22, 2021

Equity in Practice: A guidebook for transit agencies, co-written by TransitCenter and CNT, details our research into how the public transit industry defines, operationalizes, and evaluates equity. We assessed industry practices that forefront equity in leadership and strategy, community engagement, and evaluation/measurement.

Some very high-level actions items for transit agencies are to:

  • Develop an equity strategy that defines a vision of equity and that guides new priorities to achieve that goal.
  • Prioritize equity across organizational processes, policies, and culture: in agency leadership, structure, hiring & retention, budgeting, and workplace culture.
  • Conduct collaborative, responsive, iterative, and transparent outreach; hire CBOs to support.
  • Evaluate equity in decision-making with multiple metrics, including with qualitative data. 
  • Demand more effective equity regulations and evaluations.

CNT and TransitCenter are now putting these findings into practice by working directly with two transit agencies, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and Los Angeles Metro (LA Metro), to advance their equity goals. More on these projects will be shared as they advance.

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Smart cities grapple with equity issues heightened by the pandemic

Smart Cities Dive | November 23, 2021

"What's most concerning about transportation and equities has been just the fact that none of these communities have been at the table," said Heidy Persaud, director of transportation equity at the Center for Neighborhood Technology, a Chicago-based organization focused on urban sustainability.

But that's changing, said Persaud. "There's an interest now in listening and in really engaging when it hasn't necessarily been there before."


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