Equity Evaluation of Regional Transportation Investments, Metropolitan Council

Equity Evaluation of Regional Transportation Investments

This pilot study will inform the development of an equity framework and evaluation tool to shape future equitable decision-making and investments in transportation projects within the Met Council region and serve as an example across Minnesota and for other peer regions. The equity framework and evaluation tool will also provide input as to what equity questions should be used within the Regional Solicitation process of evaluating projects.

To ensure this study has an equitable process, the study team selected an equity policy group (EPG). The vision of the EPG is to represent the diversity of the communities we serve and foster a more equitable and inclusive process for capital investment and allocation in transportation. The EPG's mission is to provide recommendations and policy guidance that integrate best practices for equity and inclusion into agency policies and programs. This group will consider how transportation projects are planned, funded, and implemented, and will develop a prioritized set of strategies and actions to reduce inequities in the distribution of benefits and burdens. Bolton & Menk is managing and guiding the overall process, educating EPG members on common transportation project types and funding sources to allow for informed feedback and decision-making, and providing overall transportation industry expertise to the team.
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