Transportation Equity Program

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The Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) envisions a modern, well-maintained transportation system that supports a sustainable, healthy, livable, and economically vibrant region. To achieve this vision, the transportation system must be safe and resilient; incorporate emerging technologies; and provide equitable access, excellent mobility, and varied transportation options.

-Destination 2040 Vision

Equity is an integral part of the MPO’s vision, and is reflected in its goals and objectives. The MPO considers the needs and views of people from traditionally underserved and underrepresented communities as it develops its plans, programs, and projects. Specifically, the Transportation Equity (TE) program focuses on the following:

  • Providing people from TE populations with meaningful opportunities to participate in the MPO’s transportation-planning and decision-making processes
  • Ensuring that minority and low-income populations receive a fair share of the MPO’s transportation investments, and are not subject to undue burdens as a result of these investments
  • Analyzing the impacts of MPO-funded projects on low-income and minority populations
  • Considering demographic equity methodically when selecting studies and projects to be funded by the MPO

Populations Covered in the TE Program

The MPO complies with federal laws and executive orders (EOs) that provide various protections to certain demographic groups. These laws include Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1973 that prohibits discrimination based on sex. Two EOs further require consideration of the needs of low-income and limited English proficiency (LEP) populations: EO 12898 “Federal Actions To Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations” and EO 13166 “Improving Access to Services for Persons With Limited English Proficiency.”

To help guide our work, the MPO identifies and maps communities in the region that exceed certain thresholds for the populations that are covered by federal laws and EOs, as well as other populations that it considers traditionally underserved by the transportation system, including the following:

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Betsy Harvey, MPO staff