Evelyn Blumenberg, the chair of urban planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, will be among 11 people honored in Washington by the White House today as a transportation "Champion of Change."
Blumenberg is being honored because her current research examines travel behavior of low-income adults; the transportation expenditure burden; and the relationship between transportation and the economic outcome of low-income families, according to the White House.
The Obama administration has been dedicated to providing "ladders of opportunities" for all Americans by spending on projects connecting communities to centers of employment, education and services.
Recent research has found that poor transportation access is a factor preventing lower-income Americans from gaining higher income levels than their parents. Transportation plays a critical role in connecting Americans and communities to economic opportunity, according to the White House.
The Champions of Change program was created by the Obama administration as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals, businesses and organizations doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.
--City News Service