Advancing Transportation Equity in Florida

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) has recently prioritized equity considerations. This has occurred amid increased recognition of how past injustices and present inequities intersect with transportation planning. As part of this process, USDOT has solicited input into how the agency can advance equity. Moreover, USDOT has also revamped its highly competitive Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant program. Changes include the prioritization of projects that can demonstrate improvements to racial equity outcomes.

To keep apprised of rapid changes in the understanding of equity in a transportation context, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) tasked RSG with conducting an equity scan at the federal, state, and municipal level. We reviewed available literature on the topic and conducted in-depth interviews with four metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) across the state. RSG is using these findings to prepare a subject brief on equity for use by agencies across the state. The subject brief will help inform how FDOT can support other agencies and strengthen the role that equity has within the planning process. This work will better position FDOT to assist state MPOs in advancing equity in transportation.

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