Incorporation of Social Equity Considerations into Transportation Asset Management

There is a growing recognition of the need for transportation professionals to incorporate social equity considerations in their work. While the transit sector has made significant progress, other sectors such as asset management lag in their incorporation of social equity as a decision criterion. In this project the research team will use literature review in addition to interviews and surveys with personnel from local governments and community-based organizations to understand key concepts of social equity as operationalized by transportation departments and agencies and the current state of practice regarding how social equity is considered in transportation and related fields. The team will then develop a definition of equity appropriate to the asset management context, identify existing and/or missing indicators to measure this definition of equity, and use existing multi-criteria decision making tools to propose preliminary ways of considering social equity in transportation asset management. This project is expected to produce a state-of-the-art understanding of social equity in transportation asset management and an initial framework that can be used by local governments and other agencies to consider social equity in their decision making.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $110000
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Mountain-Plains Consortium

    North Dakota State University
    Fargo, ND  United States  58108
  • Project Managers:

    Tolliver, Denver

  • Performing Organizations:

    Colorado State University

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Campus Delivery 1372
    Fort Collins, CO  United States  80523
  • Principal Investigators:

    Atadero, Rebecca

    Ozbek, Mehmet

    Arneson, Erin

  • Start Date: 20211217
  • Expected Completion Date: 20240731
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program
  • Source Data: MPC-682

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01832691
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Mountain-Plains Consortium
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747108
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Jan 18 2022 4:34PM