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Improving Transportation Equity for all by Centering the Needs of Marginalized and Underserved Communities

Status:  Active
Project Start Date:  07/13/2021


The research project will explore ways state agencies, local governments and non-profits can have a more holistic approach to managing public investments that address disparities including housing, education, economic opportunities, criminal justice and transportation. There is an imminent need to apply the "centering the margins" framework to ground transportation decisions in the experiences and perspectives of the marginalized communities. In other words, it is increasingly important to understand the covert, indirect, and cumulative nature of the effects of structural discrimination on the lives of socially marginalized groups in various aspects related to transportation. Such understanding will help transportation policy makers to systematically address the legacy of historical discrimination and the accumulation of disadvantage in transportation and non-transportation sectors.

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