Community Engagement and Transportation Equity
Albany Law School Research Paper No. 5 for 2017-2018
10 Pages Posted: 31 Aug 2017 Last revised: 6 Sep 2017
Date Written: August 1, 2017
In their provocative article, Confronting Inequality in Metropolitan Regions: Realizing the Promise of Civil Rights and Environmental Justice in Metropolitan Transportation Planning, Professors Aaron Golub and Alex Karner, and Richard A. Marcantonio, Esq. (“the Authors”) argue that regional transportation system planning, beginning in the mid-twentieth century, unfairly burdened urban areas while benefiting white suburban residents. This Article makes three observations about the Author’s article, corresponding to the three areas for reform listed in the fifth part of their piece. Each area is addressed in turn: (1) a lack of meaningful bargaining for benefits and burdens; (2) an insufficient MPO equity analysis metric; and (3) MPO governance issues. For each of the proposed areas this Article discusses potential issues and proposes ways that state and local government can innovate to address them in the absence of stronger equity requirements from the DOT.
Keywords: public participation, community engagement, transportation equity
JEL Classification: R14, R52, R58
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