Integrating Equity into Regional Transportation Planning
Thursday, April 27, 2017
noon - 1 p.m. EST
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Metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) have long been required to consider the equity implications of regional transportation plans and processes. This session reports on methods used by MPOs to understand the equity effects of regional transportation plans and investments, based on research conducted for the National Institute of Transportation and Communities. Participants will learn how MPOs can evaluate the distributional effects of transportation investments on accessibility of low-income and minority populations to jobs and services, availability of transportation options, and other equity considerations. The session includes a review of case study applications of equity analysis in two diverse metropolitan planning areas: 1) Hillsborough County (Tampa), Florida: a lower density, sprawling, auto dependent area with limited public transportation; and 2) Portland, Oregon a higher density, compact urban area with a variety of travel options and a strong urban growth management system. The two MPOs are at different stages of addressing transportation equity in their planning and public engagement activities, ranging from a formal working group dedicated to measuring equity as a key performance measure in the regional plan, to a start-up effort aimed at integrating new analysis methods and equity performance measures into the planning process.
Kristine Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org