Equity Action Plan Summary: U.S. Department of Transportation   [open pdf - 135KB]

From the Document: "From the construction of the transcontinental railroad to the Montgomery Bus Boycott, transportation has always been inseparable from America's struggle for racial and economic justice. At its best, transportation can be a powerful engine of opportunity, connecting people to jobs, education, and resources-- whether they live in a big city, a rural community, or anywhere in between. Ensuring equity and accessibility for every member of the traveling public is one of the Department's highest priorities. As DOT [U.S. Department of Transportation] continues to advance this work, it is important to recognize that past federal transportation investments have too often failed to address inequities, or even made them worse. And because a piece of physical infrastructure endures for decades, families and communities today must contend with the results of discriminatory choices that may date back generations. The Department is committed to doing the right thing for our shared future, addressing these inequities, and building a better, more equitable transportation system. DOT has already begun working to implement the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which provides for historic investments in transportation equity. Done right, transportation policy can help level the playing field, transform economies, connect people to opportunity, and empower underserved communities to build generational wealth for the future. In partnership with community leaders, state and local governments, and the traveling public, the Department will be a key part of realizing the vision for this vital work."

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