Assessing the Impact of Equity Work in Active and Sustainable Transportation

This project proposes an innovative and compelling new mode of assessing the impact of equity, divsersity, and inclusion efforts in active and sustainable transportation. Equity is an issue of growing concern in transportation studies. There is an increasing level of awareness of the role transportation systems have played in racial segregation and the disempowerment of low-income communities and communities of color. Numerous effort have been made to address the deep issues of injustice through the inclusion of equity and community participation within projects on active and sustainable transportation. Equity is being taken into account in transportation investments. New transportation projects seek to engage longtime residents in the planning and implementation process. New research studies are focusing on the ridership and transportation patterns among communities of color and the different barriers they may face in transportation use. Research on equity within transportation advocacy and professional spaces is emerging. Cities and planning firms have begun to hire experts in equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as change their recruiting tactics to hire more people of color. More work must be done to assess the overall impact of this work. This is also true in frontiers of transportation innovation. The 3 Revolutions Conferences hosted at UC Davis included commentary of equity, which pointed toward the need for much more work on equity issues of visions for transportation’s shared, autonomous, and electric-driven future. What is now needed are methods of assessing the overall strengths and challenges of equity efforts in active and sustainable transportation. The goals of this project are to (1) identify key areas of strength and areas for improvement in equity work in active and sustainable transportation emphasizing biking, shared mobility, and automated vehicles; (2) examine the inclusion of disadvantaged communities in the planning, policymaking, and implementation of new active and sustainable mobilities; and (3) provide recommendations for how to enhance equity work in active and sustainable transportation.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $98,810.00
    • Sponsor Organizations:

      California Department of Transportation

      1227 O Street
      Sacramento, CA  United States  95843
    • Managing Organizations:

      METRANS Transportation Center

      University of Southern California
      Los Angeles, CA  United States  90089-0626
    • Project Managers:

      Brinkerhoff, Cort

    • Performing Organizations:

      University of California, Davis

      Institute of Transportation Studies
      Davis, CA  United States  95616
    • Principal Investigators:

      McCullough, Sarah

    • Start Date: 20191126
    • Expected Completion Date: 20201130
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

    Subject/Index Terms

    • TRT Terms: Sustainable transportation; Transportation
    • Subject Areas: Passenger Transportation; Transportation (General); TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT PLANNING; TRAFFIC PLANNING; I21: Planning of Transport Infrastructure;

    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01724688
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: METRANS Transportation Center
    • Files: RIP
    • Created Date: Dec 6 2019 11:39AM