2018 National Planning Conference

Fostering Equity in Transportation Planning

Monday, April 15, 2019 from 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. PDT

CM | 1.25

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC198059

Location: 2002

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  • Encounter strategies for empowering disadvantaged communities in transportation planning at the regional and local levels.
  • Think about how you would introduce community-based planning efforts in your community.
  • Gain a stronger understanding of the nexus between better transportation outcomes and better community outcomes.


The imperative to advance equity for disadvantaged and underinvested communities is central to the planning profession. Many agencies struggle, however, to translate this sentiment into the way in which planning is conducted, how resources are allocated, what real-world outcomes are seen in disadvantaged communities, and how we sustainably empower communities.

This session focuses on two interrelated programs meant to advance equity in Bay Area planning:

• The Community Based Transportation Plan is meant to empower communities of concern, where local agencies work collaboratively with communities to develop transportation investment and implementation plans that reflect the values. Focusing CBTPs on communities of concern helps ensure that the needs of underrepresented communities are always prioritized at the local level.

• Participatory budgeting is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. PB is in use across the country, and was pioneered in the Bay Area by the city of Vallejo. San Francisco is piloting a participatory budgeting exercise as part of a Community Based Transportation Plan in the historically African American Bayview neighborhood.

Session Speakers

Kim E. Walton
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
berkeley, CA

Judis Santos
Metropolitan Transportation Commission

Alyssa Lane
City of Vallejo

Bob Allen
Urban Habitat

Christopher Kidd
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
Oakland, CA