Transportation Equity Scorecard: A Tool for Project Screening and Prioritization

Despite disparity in methods and efforts, many Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) are seeking to incorporate equity in their planning and project prioritization processes. Yet MPOs often focus on avoiding adverse and disproportionate impacts of projects on traditionally underserved communities, without an equal focus on developing projects that advance the needs of these communities. In addition, although the economic benefits of projects are a key priority to MPOs in the project prioritization process, few MPOs screen and rank projects based on whether they specifically improve access to opportunity for low income and minority communities.

Transportation Equity Needs Assessment Toolkit

This project would complement the Transportation Equity Scorecard ─ a tool for project screening and prioritization ─ that is currently being developed by the project team with funding from CTEDD. For this RFP, we propose developing a needs assessment audit tool and supporting guidance to demonstrate how the equity criteria and methods in the Scorecard would be applied by MPOs and local governments to assess the transportation needs of communities of concern, including minority and low-income households, LEP populations, children, elderly, and persons with disabilities.

Integrating Equity into MPO Project Prioritization

Metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) have limited funding resources and must consider the potential returns on their investment when prioritizing any project. Among these returns is the degree to which a project provides historically disadvantaged communities with greater access to economic opportunity. This research aims to document effective methods for use by MPOs in project prioritization that emphasize improving access of transportation disadvantaged communities to centers of economic activity.