Transportation Equity

Overview

Transportation is essential for creating true communities of opportunity, with broad-reaching impact on the structure of metropolitan communities, job creation, energy efficiency, housing stock, and economic opportunity.

Quality transportation options are a lifeline—without it people cannot get to work, take their children to school, or get to the grocery store, place of worship, or doctor’s office. Investing in transit is one key way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting sustainability.

While billions of public dollars are invested in our nation’s transportation system each year, millions of Americans still lack affordable and accessible transportation options. Investments in public transit, in particular, do far more than just create construction and technical jobs in the short term. They forge stronger, more competitive communities linked to regional economic centers, helping low-income communities access the jobs and services they need to succeed.

Transportation equity requires investments that are smart, targeted, and expand opportunity to the most people. Investments in bus lines, trains, road rehabilitation, bike lanes, and even sidewalks all can have a tremendous impact on the opportunities of local residents.

It’s time to chart a new course.

With coalition partners, transit agencies, and elected leadership, the Center for Infrastructure Equity develops and advocates for federal, state, regional, and local transportation policies that advance economic and social equity in America.

Transportation equity is involved with various projects including the Equity Caucus, regional and local equity campaigns, access to construction careers and contracts in the transportation sector, policies supporting our nation’s public transportation network, and Sustainable Communities. Read more about the Center's projects below.

Equity Caucus

The Transportation Equity Caucus — formed by the nation’s leading civil rights, community development, racial justice, economic justice, faith-based, health, housing, labor, environmental justice, tribal, public interest, women’s groups and transportation organizations — is focused on driving transportation policies that advance economic and social equity in America.

Advocacy

Construction Careers and Local Hiring

Ensuring fair access for workers and firms of color in designing, building, and operating transportation infrastructure is just one of the many ways to further transportation equity efforts.

Sustainable Communities

For transit-dependent populations, there remains a crucial need for equity and sustainability in all aspects of the transportation planning process. The Center advocates for bringing forward equity scenarios that reinvest and better connect communities of color and low-income communities. See the Sustainable Communities section for more information. 

Regional Engagements

Regional and Local Transportation Equity Campaigns

Advocating for youth public transportation passes, transportation service improvements, complete streets, and more, are part of regional and local transportation equity campaigns. For more information, go to equitycaucus.org.

Resources

Visit the Infrastructure Equity section in the library to view transportation reports and other resources.