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Advancing Transportation Equity Initiative

MnDOT’s Advancing Transportation Equity Initiative aims to better understand how the transportation system, services and decision-making processes help or hinder the lives of people in underserved and underrepresented communities in Minnesota. Specifically, MnDOT wants to identify key actions that transportation agencies can take to make meaningful change. This initiative focuses on communities

  • Underrepresented in transportation processes
  • Experiencing known inequities in access or outcomes
  • With unique transportation needs not well served by a business-as-usual approach

MnDOT has a number of activities underway as part of the Advancing Transportation Equity Initiative. Explore the tabs above to learn more about Community Conversations, Contracting and Engagement, Research Projects and Transportation Equity Labs.

Objectives

Direction for the initiative comes from Minnesota’s Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan (2017) and reaffirmed in MnDOT’s current internal Strategic Operating Plan (PDF). The overarching objectives for the Advancing Transportation Equity initiative are to

  • Learn more about the transportation experiences hindering the quality of life for underserved and underrepresented communities in Minnesota
  • Identify possible solutions to address challenges faced by these communities
  • Initiate partnerships to advance equity in the state

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is MnDOT taking on a transportation equity initiative? What do you hope to achieve?

The purpose of this initiative is to help MnDOT better understand how transportation systems, services and decision-making processes help or hinder the quality of life of people from traditionally underserved demographic communities. More specifically, MnDOT wants to identify key actions that transportation agencies, like MnDOT and its partners, can take to make meaningful change.

How does this project fit in with other equity work at MnDOT?

MnDOT is looking at equity in a lot of different ways. Specifically, this initiative is looking at transportation equity at a high level. Other activities within the agency are looking at equity related to specific projects or programs. We will use the information we learn through this high-level initiative to inform future activities to address equity more specifically as well.