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Equity Issues in Transportation Planning | 1.5 CM Ethics
December 11, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Equity Issues in Transportation Planning: Getting More Voices into the Conversation
Every community is affected by the transportation planning process, because we all use the network. Many communities have historically not been heard, however. The challenge today is to go beyond simply giving equal access to the process, and instead to seek out the communities whose voices have gone unheard in the past. This webinar will highlight ways in which planners and activists are bolstering participation in the transportation planning process. Kristin Haldeman of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) will discuss the practical applications of Title VI regulations for transit agencies, and how WMATA has redefined its public engagement philosophy in light of Title VI. Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris of UCLA will discuss how women’s mobility in cities is challenged by physical, economic, cultural, and psychological constraints, as well as women’s distinct mobility and travel patterns. She will also cover some promising policies that may better respond to women’s mobility needs. Finally, Zahra Alabanza, co-founder of Red, Bike, and Green Atlanta, will cycling can be a force for building and rebuilding safe, confident, healthy communities of color. She will share thoughts on how the bike planning process can fairly address neighborhoods and a diverse biking public.