Why Equity?

Why Equity in Transportation Matters

Transportation is a critical link to opportunity, connecting people to jobs, schools, affordable housing, health care, grocery stores, and more. For many Americans, mobility can make all the difference in their ability to meet basic needs, participate fully in community life, and connect and contribute to our national economy. This is why transportation investments are required to meet the needs of low-income people, communities of color, and people with disabilities. Modern, well-funded transportation systems can spur economic growth and tap into human potential. Achieving equity in transportation policy will bring about fundamental improvements in communities across the country.

Isolated From Opportunity

For millions of Americans, lack of transportation is a barrier to opportunity.

While transportation represents a significant sector of our workforce—one in 10 civilian jobs is transportation-related—women, communities of color, and low-income people are not significant beneficiaries of the jobs and contracting opportunities in the industry. This is just a small sampling of the many disturbing trends associated with transportation inequity.

Getting on Track: The Road to Transportation Equity

Our nation’s federal transportation investments are critical to ensuring that all individuals living in the United States can participate and prosper. In rethinking transportation policy, advocates must mobilize for a shared vision of transportation equity that prioritizes the following goals:

  • Create affordable transportation options for all people. Ensure fair access to quality jobs, workforce development, and contracting opportunities in the transportation industry.
     
  • Promote healthy, safe, and inclusive communities.
     
  • Invest equitably and focus on results.
     

The Equity Caucus works with partners to ensure these goals are at the forefront of transportation investment and reform efforts.