Transit Equity Starts at Home, Not in Washington
A federal law has done little to advance transportation fairness for low-income communities. Progress is up to local leaders.
Steven Higashide is director of research for TransitCenter, a New York City-based foundation that supports innovations in public transit across the country. He leads research projects aimed at measuring attitudes toward transportation and helping cities enact transit-supportive policy.
Before coming to TransitCenter, Higashide was senior planner at the New York region's Tri-State Transportation Campaign, where he helped defeat congressional proposals to eliminate funding for public transportation and won state legislation strengthening penalties for careless driving. In 2016, he was named to the Association for Commuter Transportation's "40 Under 40." He holds a B.A. from New York University and a master's degree in urban planning from NYU's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.