PROJECTAccess to Opportunity through Equitable Transportation

Transportation is key to accessing opportunities including employment, education, and health care. But in many places, a history of racist planning and policy have created a transportation system rife with inequities, which disproportionately harms people of color, low-income people, elderly people, and people with disabilities.

Researchers from the Urban Institute have partnered with the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth to examine transportation equity in different types of metropolitan regions across the country and to explore how these regions could improve over time. Researchers also designed new ways to measure and track transportation equity so city and community leaders can center equity in all transportation decisionmaking. The research team documented its findings in a report, a fact sheet, a technical appendix, and an interactive data feature that allows city and community leaders to drill down to the neighborhood level to help target policies, programs, and investments.

Feature and Publications

The Unequal Commute
Access to Opportunity through Equitable Transportation
How Can Cities Create More Equitable Transportation Systems?

Technical Appendixes

Access to Opportunity through Equitable Transportation: Technical Appendix
(289.84 KB PDF)

Blog Posts

Four Lessons for Cities to Help Advance Equitable Transportation during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond
Four Ways to Equitably Manage Public Transit Options in a Crisis
Self-driving cars could harm low-income people if we don’t prepare for their rise


Access to Opportunity through Equitable Transportation

Affiliated Researchers

Christina Stacy, Alena Stern, Kristin Blagg, Yipeng Su, Eleanor Noble, Macy Rainer, and Richard Ezike

Research Areas Neighborhoods, cities, and metros
Policy Centers Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center Research to Action Lab