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The Journey Forward: Advancing Equity in Transportation Planning

June 16, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am EDT

This session will describe innovative processes, strategies, and tools to integrate equity into transportation planning. We will begin by introducing the Transportation Equity Toolkit – a resource to advance equity in local and regional transportation planning. This toolkit provides agency staff and community members with tools, guidance, and resources to address the transportation needs of traditionally underserved communities and move equity to the forefront of transportation planning practice. The session will then explore how to apply tools such as the Transportation Equity Audit Tool and the Transportation Equity Scorecard Tool to identify the needs of underserved communities and prioritize projects for funding that advance equity.

To provide an example of real-world applications of equity-driven practices, Hillsborough MPO staff will discuss their processes and findings from the Title VI and Nondiscrimination Plan update. To meet Title VI and Nondiscrimination Plan requirements, Hillsborough MPO staff have been developing a wide-ranging update that includes a framework for equity for the agency, documenting the history of racism in planning in Hillsborough County, a comprehensive public involvement process with the most underserved communities, and policy and process recommendations for the agency. We will discuss some of the findings from the historical analysis and the feedback from community outreach efforts. The discussion of community feedback will include challenges community members face accessing transportation, housing, planning meetings, and other community elements.

Overall, the session will explore:

  • The impetus to investigate historical inequalities and the cumulative impacts of inequitable planning practices,
  • Strategies for more meaningful involvement from diverse communities, including outreach and survey design, and
  • Available tools and resources to identify and address the unique needs of traditionally underserved communities.

Moderator: Stephanie Lewis, CUTR
Presenters: Tia Boyd, CUTR and Joshua Barber, Hillsborough MPO

When: Wednesday 16 June 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Time Zone: (GMT-04:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada) (Please note that Daylight Saving Time (+01:00 hr) is in effect during this time)

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USF is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Institution. For disability accommodations, please contact Stephanie Lewis at zavacki@cutr.usf.edu a minimum of ten (10) working days in advance to the training session.


June 16, 2021
10:00 am - 11:30 am EDT


Center for Urban Transportation Research


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