Valuing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Transportation Asset Management

Investments in roadways have historically focused on safety, mobility, and system preservation. Over time, the understanding of the impacts of roadway decisions has matured, and other factors such as socioeconomic impact, sustainability, accountability, transparency, and innovation have increased importance in the decision-making process. Recently, state departments of transportation (DOTs) and other agencies have sought to specifically address diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in transportation decisions, including those related to asset management. For example, the disparate allocation of resources in the maintenance or replacement of critical assets can result in inequitable transportation system performance and accessibility outcomes that can be more harmful to underserved communities with fewer resources available to meet daily transportation needs. DEI recognizes intersectional (race, gender, socioeconomic, disabilities etc.) differences within communities and among different communities. Integrating DEI indicators into transportation asset management (TAM) can help state DOTs and other agencies to improve the impact of TAM investment decisions, especially to underserved communities. Research is needed to support practitioners seeking to integrate DEI into TAM processes and decision-making. The objective of this research is to develop a guide with supporting resources for agencies to identify, analyze, and integrate DEI outcomes in TAM analysis and decision-making to improve TAM outcomes for underserved communities.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $500000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 08-169

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  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:

    Weeks, Jennifer

  • Start Date: 20230207
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01846776
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 08-169
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: May 24 2022 7:22PM