Understanding the Role of Equity in Delaware Department of Transportation Expenditures

Equitable outcomes is an increasingly important principle for expenditures by state Departments of Transportation, yet little is known about the methods and procedures used to incorporate equity into financial decision-making. This applied research project will employ semi-structured interviews with key personnel in the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) to illuminate their conceptualization of equity and how the concept influences capital and operational expenditures. The interview data will be compared to the state of the art of equity in transportation and infrastructure spending, which will be gleaned through a literature review. The resulting analysis will highlight gaps and innovative practices at DelDOT, which will lead to recommendations for closing gaps and accentuating positive practices and outcomes. Research findings will be communicated to DelDOT leadership and local government officials.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $100000
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility Regional Transportation Equity Research Center

      Morgan State University
      Baltimore, MD  United States 

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Niehaus, Joseph

    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Delaware, Newark

      College of Engineering
      Newark, DE  United States  19711
    • Principal Investigators:

      Barnes, Philip

      Pierce, Andrea

    • Start Date: 20230901
    • Expected Completion Date: 20240901
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01893865
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility Regional Transportation Equity Research Center
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3552348303
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Sep 21 2023 1:47PM