Addressing Disproportionate Share of Health, Economic, and Transportation Impacts for Lower-Income Households and Communities of Color

It is well documented that minority and low-income populations have had a significantly higher incidence of COVID-19 than others. Low-income households and communities of color represent a higher portion of frontline workers in grocery stores, healthcare providers, meat-processing industries, and other service industries where workers cannot work from home. At the same time, many of these workers are transit-dependent and may face challenges accessing their jobs, as well as vital needs such as access to food, due to cuts in transit service. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a notable decrease in transit ridership and service, essential workers and those with limited transportation options will continue to need public transit for some travel. While ensuring transit is available during a pandemic, agencies must identify reasonable levels of service and how to adjust from the typical service in a specific area. As a result, these groups are experiencing a disproportionate share of the impacts. This research would address ways for transportation agencies, service providers, and policymakers to help address needs during the current pandemic and into the future.   This research will examine the disproportionate share of COVID-19 impacts on lower income households and communities of color, particularly in relation to transportation needs. The research will also identify how to address these needs effectively during the pandemic, including balancing the supply of transit for essential workers when there is reduced overall transit demand.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $350000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project H-60

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

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

    Federal Transit Administration

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

    Schwager, Dianne

  • Start Date: 20201123
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01758959
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project H-60
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 23 2020 3:06PM