To follow Metro Council direction and Transportation Funding Task Force recommendations to assess whether proposed Get Moving 2020 transportation projects support Metro's racial equity strategy, Metro conducted an analysis to explore how communities of color could be affected by the projects proposed for funding in the proposed measure. Prepared prior to referral, the Corridor Profiles provide baseline data about who lives along each corridor and the state of transportation safety, housing access and affordability, and factors related to displacement.
Data shows that people of color are more likely to live in places that aren’t adequately served by transit, and are more likely to be hit or killed by a car while walking, biking or driving. In addition, communities of color, as well as lower-income people, often live closer to major roads and highways where they are exposed to higher levels of toxic traffic pollution and experience a higher risk of asthma and other respiratory problems.
The analysis finds that proposed corridor projects in the proposed measures, including proposed transit and safety projects, are weighted toward areas where people of color live. This analysis was accepted by the Metro Council as Exhibit D to Resolution No. 20-5122, along with proposed corridor project maps and project descriptions. If the proposed measure passes, this point-in-time analysis would be updated.
To develop the proposed measure, Metro also conducted community engagement to gather insight on community needs and racial equity outcomes. This input, along with practices from the parks and natural areas bond and the affordable housing bond, became the basis for Metro’s Get Moving 2020 Racial Equity Outcomes and Strategies, which articulates specific equity outcomes and strategies if the proposed measure passes. This document was adopted by the Metro Council as Exhibit C to Resolution No. 20-5117, along with other documents for implemntation of the proposed measure if it passes.
Community engagement and oversight would continue through the implementation of the proposed projects, if the proposed measure passes.