What will mobility equity look like in practice?

As cities start to build back after the pandemic, equity is emerging as one of the most pressing concerns for transport policymakers.

With a 2015 Harvard study pinpointing access to reliable transportation as the biggest factor for determining economic mobility, it’s not hard to see why.

At a recent Cities Today online roundtable, transit leaders from across North America discussed the shift in how cities interpret equity, and how this might impact and influence decisions on the ground.

“Transportation mobility is the key to social and economic mobility, and transportation mobility is wildly unequal across our city and many other cities in the US,” said Karina Ricks, who until last week was Director of Pittsburgh’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI) and is moving on to serve as the Associate Administrator for Research, Innovation and Demonstration with the Federal Transit Administration in Washington, D.C.