Equity in Regional Transportation Planning

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
CM | 1.25
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You'll learn about:

  • Understanding metropolitan transportation equity issues and how to incorporate the concept of equity into the regional transportation planning process

  • Best practices, methods, and data sources that may be applied by metropolitan planning organizations for evaluating equity of plans and distributional equity of transportation investments

  • How equity is being examined in two diverse metropolitan areas at different stages of integrating equity into their planning and policy decisions.

Metropolitan planning organizations have long been required to consider the equity implications of regional transportation plans and investments. 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 for 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 service, 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 perforamce measure in the regional plan, to a start-up effort aimed at integrating new analysis methods and equity performance measures into the planning process.


Grace Cho , AICP , Metro , Portland , OR (see bio)
Wade Reynolds , AICP , Hillsborough County MPO , Tampa , FL (see bio)
Kristine Williams , AICP , University of South Florida , Tampa , FL (see bio)
Austin Gibble , Temple Terrace , FL (see bio)
Joshua Barber , Tampa , FL (see bio)