DOT Practices to Promote Equity in Transportation Funding

State departments of transportation (DOTs) are increasingly acknowledging that underserved communities and persons of color have in the past experienced fewer benefits and a greater share of negative impacts associated with our transportation system. Some of these disparities reflect a history of transportation decision-making, policies, and processes in funding that have resulted in barriers, divided communities, and amplified racial inequities. The objective of this synthesis is to document state DOT practices to promote equity in programmatic and project funding distribution methodologies, formulas, tools, or evaluation criteria. Information to be gathered includes (but is not limited to): (1) Equity statements, action plans, or stated recognition of the problem or problems; (2) Practices or strategies to promote equity in transportation funding (e.g., methods, formulas, tools, evaluation criteria, or stakeholder involvement processes); (3) Practices in funding of different transportation phases (e.g., asset management, planning, design, construction, maintenance, and operation); (4) Performance measures associated with funding and equity; and (5) Communication practices related to funding, to equity, and to demonstrating transparency. Information will be gathered through a literature review, a survey of state DOTs, and follow-up interviews with selected agencies for the development of case examples. Information gaps and suggestions for research to address those gaps will be identified.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $45000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-05, Topic 53-01

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis

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

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

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

    Wadsworth, Trey

  • Start Date: 20210524
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01771606
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-05, Topic 53-01
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: May 17 2021 3:14PM