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2022 T R A N S I T C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M TCRP RESEARCH REPORT 236 Research sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration in cooperation with the American Public Transportation Association Subject Areas Policy â¢ Public Transportation â¢ Society Racial Equity, Black America, and Public Transportation Volume 1: A Review of Economic, Health, and Social Impacts Destiny N. omas Navjot Heer Imani Wyatt Mitchell Thrivance Group Los Angeles, CA Alex Karner Kaylyn Levine Jonathan Shuster University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX Kendra Ma Transform Oakland, CA
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C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M S CRP STAFF FOR TCRP RESEARCH REPORT 236, VOLUME 1 Christopher J. Hedges, Director, Cooperative Research Programs Waseem Dekelbab, Deputy Director, Cooperative Research Programs Gwen Chisholm Smith, Manager, Transit Cooperative Research Program Stephan A. Parker, Senior Program Officer Stephanie L. Campbell-Chamberlain, Senior Program Assistant Natalie Barnes, Director of Publications Heather DiAngelis, Associate Director of Publications TCRP PROJECT H-59 PANEL Field of Policy and Planning Gloria J. Jeff, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Roseville, MN (Chair) Jesus M. Barajas, University of California, Davis, Davis, CA Carrie O. Butler, Transit Authority of River City (TARC), Louisville, KY KeAndra Cylear Dodds, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA Stephanie Gidigbi Jenkins, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Washington, DC Eric T. Hill, MetroPlan Orlando, Orlando, FL Leslie S. Richards, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA Cy Richardson, National Urban League (NUL), New York, NY Sarah Y. Syed, University of California, Berkeley, Oakland, CA Paul A. Toliver, New Age Industries, Bradenton, FL Alex Z. Wiggins, New Orleans Regional Transit Authority, New Orleans, LA Xiang Yan, University of Florida, Newberry, FL Carolyn L. Nelson, FHWA Liaison Melody Hopson, FTA Liaison Robert A. Clark, FTA Liaison Linda Ford, APTA Liaison William B. Anderson, TRB Liaison
TCRP Research Report 236: Racial Equity, Black America, and Public Transportation, Volume 1: A Review of Economic, Health, and Social Impacts reviews the literature and summarizes common practices of the 20th and 21st centuries that have had significant economic, health, and social impacts, and the racial gaps that emerged as a result of transportation inequities, deliberate actions, policies, and projects. The report will be of interest to transportation planners, funders, and policy makers at all levels of government, as well as other stake- holder groups. The research report is the first of four volumes to be published under TCRP Project H-59. An overall objective of the transit community is to help develop an enhanced and more inclu- sive approach to public transportation planning and decision-making that takes into account and acknowledges that public transportation systems of the 21st century have a critical role in addressing and correcting many of the problems caused by a 20th- and 21st-century transpor- tation sector that severely impacted and, in some cases, destroyed Black communities in the building of todayâs transportation systems and network. The public transportation community recognizes the need to address leadership and implement policies and practices to redress the harm from the past through policies, funding, and systems of accountability. The objective of Volume 1 is to document the extent of the damage that has been done to Black communities as a result of transportation decisions and actions. Volume 2 will demonstrate a methodology to estimate how much it would cost to redress those damages. Volumes 3 and 4 will provide tools for elected and appointed officials and other stakeholder groups to engage effectively in the arena of transportation policy, planning, and funding at all levels of government. Under TCRP Project H-59, a research team led by the Thrivance Group conducted a review that highlights the role that transportation, especially public transportation, has played in the creation of the gaps; nuances in the evolution and maintenance of segregation; and contem- porary practices and policies, including public transportation policing practices, fare evasion, and fare enforcement. While the review acknowledges that inequitable outcomes in public transportation affect other vulnerable groups, the Black experience is highlighted. The research team has included as part of this literature review a section that provides a thematic outline of identity profiles that will inform the development of focus group instru- ments, social climate analysis parameters, and quantification focus areas, which will then all feed into the development of a formal set of recommended approaches to reparative trans- portation planning and investment priorities that will be documented in Volumes 2, 3, and 4. By Stephan A. Parker Staff Officer Transportation Research Board F O R E W O R D
1 Summary 2 Chapter 1 Introduction 3 The Foundation for Transportation Equity and Mobility Justice Is Grounded in the Civil Rights Movement 4 The Value of TCRP Project H-59 for Civil Rights Advances 5 Chapter 2 Research Approach 8 Chapter 3 Economic Causes and Impacts 8 Transportationâs Origins in Slavery as Capital Interest 9 Discriminatory Housing Policies Contributed to the Growth of Sprawl and Deprived Black Families of Opportunities to Generate Wealth 10 Transportation Policies Supported Deconcentration and White Flight While Devastating Black Communities 11 White Flightâs Influence on Transit-Network Design 13 Employment Siting and Spatial Mismatch 16 Chapter 4 Health Causes and Impacts 16 Environmental Racism Creates Inequitable Health Impacts 17 Toxic Industries Do Immediate Harm to Black Communities 18 Proximity to Highways and Main Roads Causes Generational Health Implications 18 Commuter- and Pedestrian-Focused Pathways 19 Pandemic-Era Transportation Policy and Planning Changes Have Disproportionately Affected Black Communities 20 Chapter 5 Social Causes and Impacts 20 Investment-Induced Displacement 23 Transportation Policing Actively Harms Black People 25 Purple Lining Prioritizes White Comfort and Perpetuates Racist Planning Practices 27 Chapter 6 Conclusions and Preliminary Recommendations 28 Metropolitan Planning Organizations and the Role of Transportation Governance in Policy Making and Transportation Investments 28 Efforts to Redress Transportation Inequity Have Been Stymied by Racism 30 Identity Profiles Serving as a Baseline Case Study for Continued Research to Develop Reparative Planning Strategies 32 Filling Knowledge Gaps and Preliminary Recommendations 34 References and Bibliography C O N T E N T S