Application of the Equity Rubric for Purpose and Need to a Demonstration Corridor in the Texas Megaregion

The gap between those who have financial resources and those without is a commonly discussed phenomenon in US dialog. The Center for American Progress (2013) reports that more than 4 million Texans are in poverty, typically concentrated in the state’s largest cities and along the Texas/Mexico border. Increasingly, these low income, ethnic and senior residents might be left on the fringes of society if attention is not focused on their travel requirements (US DOT, 2016). Crossing jurisdictional boundaries for these communities to reach services that have moved further from historical locations will create additional future challenges. Identification of transportation need by planners and engineers is generally preceded by development of a statement of Purpose and Need. Previous research developed a template of variables and a rubric to apply when agencies are determining purpose and need for vulnerable populations. This research will apply the rubric to the US 290 Texas Megaregion corridor that connects Houston and Austin. The focus will be on whether equity considerations are merited in this corridor per the rubric tool. The CM2 notes activity areas under two topics that are addressed by this research: 2.2 Promoting equity for disadvantaged groups in and around the megaregion, such as the elderly or rural populations; and 2.3 Creating Environmental Justice metrics in the megaregional context. Purpose and need will focus on the level of dissidence and gaps for travel to jobs, health care or grocery shopping for vulnerable populations in the US 290 corridor. This work is a companion to Creating a Roadmap for MPO Megaregion Planning in Texas and Beyond –PI, Lisa Loftus-Otway. The metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) will be the primary entities responsible for executing megaregion planning. For that execution to occur in line with federal guidelines, inclusion and impact of plans and projects on vulnerable communities must be addressed.

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    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $ 65000
    • Contract Numbers:

      69A3551747135

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Department of Transportation

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      Department of Transportation
      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590

      University Transportation Centers Program

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      Department of Transportation

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      Department of Transportation
      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590

      University Transportation Centers Program

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Performing Organizations:

      Cooperative Mobility for Competitive Megaregions

      University of Texas at Austin
      Austin, TX  United States  78712
    • Principal Investigators:

      Lewis, Carol

      Goodwin, Gwendolyn

    • Start Date: 20170501
    • Expected Completion Date: 20180531
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01650967
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Cooperative Mobility for Competitive Megaregions
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747135
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Nov 15 2017 8:50PM