Fostering Equity in Transportation Planning

What You'll Learn

  • Strategies for empowering disadvantaged communities in transportation planning at the regional and local levels.
  • Ways to introduce community-based planning efforts in your community.
  • A stronger understanding of the nexus between better transportation outcomes and better community outcomes.

More Course Details

Advancing equity for disadvantaged and underinvested communities is central to the planning profession. Many agencies struggle to translate this into planning: how resources are allocated, what real-world outcomes are seen in disadvantaged communities, and how communities are sustainably empowered.

This course focuses on two interrelated programs designed to advance equity in Bay Area planning:

  • The Community Based Transportation Plan: Local agencies work collaboratively with communities of concern to develop transportation investment and implementation plans that reflect equity values. Focusing the plan on communities of concern helps ensure that the needs of underrepresented communities are always prioritized at the local level.
  • Participatory Budgeting: A democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. Participatory budgeting is in use across the country and was pioneered in the Bay Area by the City of Vallejo. San Francisco is piloting a participatory budgeting exercise as part of a Community Based Transportation Plan in the historically African American Bayview neighborhood.