What does transportation equity mean to your community?
Consideration of the persons benefiting from and burdened by transportation infrastructure and programs is integral to all of our projects. Transportation equity focuses on traditionally underserved populations, including low-income, minority, and limited-English-proficiency populations, as well as seniors, children, and persons with disabilities. At Fehr & Peers, equity is not an afterthought or standalone task, but a thread running through our work, in visioning, community outreach, technical analysis, and presentation of results.
To ensure that decision makers and the public understand the equity-related consequences of their transportation decisions, we work closely with our clients to select meaningful metrics and emphasize the use of visual communications to make outcomes clear and easy to understand. We help agencies better understand the needs of all transportation users within their jurisdiction and support them in making decisions that best serve their community. If you’d like to learn more about how equity could apply to your project or community planning, please contact us.
Some of our specific experience and capabilities related to equity include the following:
Identifying equity emphasis areas
Incorporating equity into project prioritization and performance measures
Conducting broad community engagement and building community partnerships
Completing Title VI analyses
Developing grant applications for underserved communities
Employing travel surveys and big data to assess and forecast travel behavior of different populations segments
Assessing impacts of transportation and development projects on the surrounding community
Sample Fehr & Peers Projects that Address Equity
Fresno COG Environmental Justice Report
Fresno Council of Governments (COG) developed an Environmental Justice Report to measure both the benefits and burdens associated with the transportation investment alternatives included in the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan, and to ensure that the environmental justice communities living within Fresno County share equitably in the benefits of the Plan’s investments without bearing a disproportionate share of the burdens. We worked with Fresno COG to identify the Environmental Justice Communities based on health, income, age, and ethnicity and we analyzed these communities’ travel options, accessibility, and travel time.
Equity-focused Performance Measures
King County Metro Long Range Plan
In this long range plan, King County Metro developed a vision for the County’s transit system and a set of performance measures to assess mobility across the County. We assessed the range of transit investment alternatives based on ridership forecasts, mode split, and emissions, as well as several equity metrics, including access to frequent transit service for minority, low-income, senior, and persons with disabilities households.
Broad Community Engagement
Yellow Brick Road Walkable Neighborhood Plan
The City of Richmond, CA, partnered with Pogo Park, Local Government Commission, and Fehr & Peers, to create a walkable vision for the Iron Triangle neighborhood of Richmond. Using the “Yellow Brick Road” concept developed by Iron Triangle high school students, the project proposes walking and biking improvements throughout the Iron Triangle to connect key destinations, including schools, parks, employers, transit, and the Richmond Greenway. Through an innovative and on-the-ground community engagement process, we helped map the neighborhood, identify key barriers, highlight important opportunities for improvement and community building, and engineer the Yellow Brick Road. One of the hallmarks of the project was the Living Preview event, in which Fehr & Peers designed and worked with the community to demonstrate a three-dimensional, real-world model of the proposed improvements along 7th Street and Elm Avenue to show the community the look and feel of improvements using Tactical Urbanism tools.
Regional Bike Share Implementation Plan for Los Angeles
The Regional Bike Share Plan for Metro establishes the parameters and framework for a Regional Bike Share program that encompasses Los Angeles County, CA. Working with Metro, we created a countywide Bike Share Suitability Map, summarized challenges and opportunities, provided an overall assessment of financial readiness and community and political support, and identified ways for economically disadvantaged and ADA communities to access the bike share system.
Assessing Project Locations
Alameda Countywide Multimodal Arterial Plan
Alameda CTC led the development of a Countywide Multimodal Arterial Plan to better understand the existing and future role and function of the countywide arterial system. This plan is unique in that it relies on a quantitative, data-driven and highly technical approach to identify short- and long-term multimodal improvements along a 1,200 mile Arterial Network. The Multimodal Arterial Plan includes a performance measure that indicates how equitable the distribution of proposed improvements is throughout the county. This analysis compared the project distribution within “Communities of Concern,” as defined by MTC, to improvements proposed in the rest of the county.
Complete Streets Policy Framework
Fehr & Peers worked with the National Complete Streets Coalition to revise their Complete Streets policy evaluation criteria, with a focus on strengthening the policies’ emphasis on equity and implementation. Rather than creating a specific policy element related to equity, criteria related to addressing our streets’ diverse users is embedded into several policy elements, from the policy elements, from the policy’s vision and purpose to its planned steps for implementation and measuring performance.
Upcoming Conference Sessions
August 21, 2018
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