The Transportation Department has also identified longer commutes for people who don’t own cars and a higher burden of transportation costs on poorer families.
The department this year shared a plan to create a more equitable transportation system and has been including racial equity criteria as a consideration in its major grant programs.
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When Seattle hired a consultant to design a downtown streetcar line, the initial contract totaled $1.85 million. Four years and 11 amendments later, the cost had grown to $14.3 million. Today, the line has yet to be built and the contract is among several now under scrutiny by federal investigators.