Equity Workgroup

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Updated: June 27, 2019

About 

We established the Transportation Equity Program in 2017 with the purpose of providing safe, accessible, affordable, and environmentally sustainable transportation options to people experiencing disproportionate transportation equity outcomes such as higher costs, greater wait times, and access to transit options. We created a Transportation Equity Workgroup (TEW) to provide input on a set of recommendations to be considered in the development of a Transportation Equity Agenda, a framework for transportation equity goals and priorities.

Goals of the TEW

  • Develop leadership capacity and a deeper understanding of transportation and our work
  • Build community trust and partnerships through transparancy and accountability
  • Learn and share understanding of transportation equity values and priorities

Initial Guidelines

  • Meet monthly for 1 year to engage with each other, our staff, and transportation partners in facilitated conversation and activities
  • Provide a set of community-guided recommendations to be considered in the development of our Transportation Equity Agenda
  • Consists of 10 compensated community members from marginalized communities including:
    • People of color
    • People with low-income
    • Immigrant and refugee populations
    • Native populations
    • People living with disabilities
    • People experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity
    • LGTBQ+ people
    • Individuals who identify as girls and women
    • Youth
    • Seniors
    • Individuals who were formerly incarcerated
    • High-risk displacement neighborhoods
    • Racial justice, environmental justice, and/or transportation justice-based organizations
    • Underrepresented and under resourced human service providers and community-based organizations


Background

The development of the TEW reinforces the City's commitment for a citywide and departmental framework for Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI):

  • Our Office of Equity and Inclusion & Transportation Equity Program 
  • "...support the creation of a group or committee comprised of those affected by barriers to safe, environmentally sustainable, accessible, and affordable transportation options to provide guidance on the program's development and strategies" Section 2A2 
  • "...prioritize affordability and co-create additional transportation equity goals, strategies, indicators, and measures in partnership with community members and stakeholders, as well as the Mayor, City Council, and City of Seattle departmental agency and equity leads." Section 2C3 

What will the workgroup do?

The workgroup will foster community among participants through facilitated engagement and provide workgroup members with an opportunity to help develop recommendations for solutions to eliminate racially disparate outcomes related to transportation in Seattle. Workgroup members will collaborate to provide community-guided suggestions to inform our transportation equity goals. We will then develop a Transportation Equity Agenda in partnership with key City agencies.