Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Practices. Topic 53-01. Practices to Promote Equity in Transportation Funding

State departments of transportation (DOTs) are increasingly acknowledging that communities historically overburdened with health and social inequities have in the past experienced fewer benefits and a greater share of negative impacts associated with our transportation system in both rural and urban geographies. Some of these disparities reflect a history of transportation decision-making, planning, policies, and processes in funding that have resulted in barriers, divided communities, and amplified inequities. These historical and ongoing injustices continue to inhibit access to critical destinations like health care, education, recreation, and more. The objective of this synthesis is to document state DOT practices to promote equity in programmatic and discretionary funding plans, policies, and processes for both capital and operational projects, potentially through distribution methodologies, formulas, tools, or evaluation criteria. Information to be gathered includes (but is not limited to): (1) State DOT definitions of equity in transportation; (2) Equity statements, action plans, goals, or stated recognition of the problem or problems; (3) Practices or strategies (e.g., methods –formulas for programmatic funding or, tools, or evaluation criteria) to promote equity in transportation funding (federal and state sources, discretionary and formula) and fare/fee structures; (4) Community engagement processes related to funding and planning decisions; (5) Implementation plans for short-term and long-term efforts to reduce and eliminate systemic/institutional equity problems; (6) Performance measures associated with funding and equity; and (7) Communication and training practices related to funding, equity, and demonstrating transparency.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $45000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-05, Topic 53-01

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Wadsworth, Trey

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Texas, Arlington

    P.O. Box 4089
    Arlington, TX  United States  76010
  • Principal Investigators:

    Mattingly, Stephen

  • Start Date: 20220209
  • Expected Completion Date: 20230809
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01771606
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-05, Topic 53-01
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: May 18 2021 7:57PM