Research Report: Advancing Racial Equity through Federally Funded Public Transit, Bicycle, and Pedestrian Projects

Posted by Urban Institute on October 4, 2022

A recent Urban Institute report finds that equitable access to quality and reliable transportation is key to advancing racial equity. In addition to prioritizing equality, many federal grant programs now require applicants to meet selection criteria to avoid perpetuating systematic disparities. Applicants must detail the “equity implications of their proposed projects and demonstrate how the projects will benefit ‘disadvantaged’ communities.” The Urban Institute assembled nearly 100 data sources and tools into six categories to highlight key funding priorities across several competitive transportation grant programs and help applicants make strategic, equity-driven decisions. Urban researchers hope this guide “will empower localities to make evidence-informed decisions that simultaneously advance racial equity and climate action.”

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