Advancement Project Closing the Opportunity Gap

Transportation Equity for Los Angeles An Equity Issue to Access Basic Services

Cyclist riding the green bicycle lane in downtown Santa MonicaTransportation serves as a lifeline for all of us. We need it to access our basic needs, such as housing, jobs, health-care resources, schools, and food. We believe that all communities should have an effective transit network that is safe and accessible for all means of transportation – driving, walking, biking, and bus/rail.

Yet, research has shown that wealthier communities have a stronger active transportation infrastructure compared to low-income communities, despite the fact that low-income people are more likely to be without a (reliable) car and need to rely on public transportation. It is important that low-income communities of color have access to multiple transportation options to have a good quality of life and to ultimately reduce health disparities. The ability to walk and bicycle safely (also known as “active transportation”) – especially in trying to access public transit – is essential.

Our Approach

Pedestrians on Hollywood BoulevardOur work ensures that future transportation planning benefits everyone, particularly those who have historically been overlooked in such planning decisions – low-income communities of color, people with disabilities, youth, and older adults.

With our partners, we strive for an equitable transportation system in which planning decisions include:

  • Enhanced data collection metrics to improve decision-making using key factors that reflect need, such as race, income, and health outcomes;
  • Equitable allocation of resources to prioritize those who are most in need;
  • Inclusion of, and transparency with, low-income communities of color in transportation decisions;
  • Consideration of health impacts in building a robust transportation network; and
  • Coordination of transportation options with key destinations – jobs, healthcare services, food, and housing – for residents in those communities.