Equity and Transportation

July 15, 2015

This webinar is a discussion of equity and transportation. How can we measure the equity impacts of transportation investments? And how can we ensure that walking and biking investments meaningfully address the mobility and safety needs of urban and rural disadvantaged communities while not directly or indirectly leading to the displacement of low-income residents?

Governments and transportation agencies are growing more aware of the need to evaluate the equity impacts of transportation investments. To date, no concise framework or consistent measures have been developed for doing so. Such measures would aid in building a transportation system that provides fair access for all to jobs, goods, services, schools and other important destinations.

Mary Ebeling from SSTI speaks about early work on measuring various dimensions of transportation equity, including affordability, health and safety impacts, and ultimately accessibility across multiple modes.  Erika Rincon-Whitcomb from PolicyLink speaks to background on the national transportation equity landscape, focusing on trends and opportunities in the federal arena.  She also speaks about her work on prioritizing equity in California’s Active Transportation Program.

The full slide set can be downloaded here.