Transportation equity analysis 2015-2018
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How we get around the Portland metropolitan region can have a large effect on our daily lives and broader implications for the environment we live in.
Many of us have options and tools available as we go from place-to-place to help make the choice that best suits our travel needs.
But for people with fewer options, it becomes harder to meet transportation needs without having to make difficult tradeoffs.
As the Portland region prepares to make its next set of investments in the transportation system, an equity analysis can help us learn how our investments affect communities where people have the fewest options for travel to meet everyday needs.
Understanding these effects helps us make more informed, equitable decisions about where transportation dollars go, especially as the region weighs many competing priorities for the transportation system.
This analysis will evaluate social equity outcomes of proposed short- and long-term transportation investments for five regional populations:
- people of color
- people with low income
- people with limited English proficiency
- older adults
Phase 1: Project startup – Summer to December 2015. Defining the work plan and work group, reviewing and refining community definitions.
Phase 2: Document existing policies and trends – December 2015 to March 2016. Reviewing regional demographic and socioeconomic trends, existing system conditions and Metro's 2014 Civil Rights Assessment.
Phase 3: Establish analysis methods and prioritize outcomes – April 2016 to February 2017. Engage communities to confirm trends and challenges, prioritize outcomes and needs to be addressed in analysis, update equity-related Regional Transportation Plan goals and performance targets, develop indicators and methos to measure priority outcomes.
Phase 4: Conduct analysis and prepare findings and recommendations – Spring 2017. Review results and develop evaluation findings, develop recommendations for 2018 Regional Transportation Plan policies, projects and implementation actions; develop recomemendatiosn for future transportation equity analysis.
Phase 5: Adoption – Summer 2017 to September 2018. Adopt the transportation equity analysis as part of the 2018-2021 Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program (summer 2017) and 2018 Regional Transportation Plan (September 2018).
A transportation equity analysis technical work group will be convened in 2016 and 2017 to advise Metro staff and review draft materials and analysis. Work group members will include topical experts and representatives from the Metro Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC) and the Transportation Policy Alternatives Committee (TPAC). Meetings will be open to the public. More information will be posted on Metro's web calendar.
Additional stakeholder engagement events are yet to be scheduled, but will take place throughout 2016 through 2018.