• Transportation Research Board

      TRB 98th Annual Meeting

      January 13–17, 2019

    • Interactive Program


Annual Meeting Event Detail

Workshop 149

Mind the Gap: Can Inclusive Cities Bridge Social Equity Disparities?

Sunday 1:30 PM- 4:30 PM
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Sheila Mitra-Sarkar, Future Trans, presiding
Floridea Di Ciommo, CENIT-UPC BarcelonaTech, presiding
Ariane Dupont-Kieffer, University of Paris, presiding
Sponsored by:
Standing Committee on Women's Issues in Transportation (ABE70)
Standing Committee on International Cooperation (A0010)
Standing Committee on Traveler Behavior and Values (ADB10)
Subcommittee on Behavioral Processes: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods (ADB10(4))
Standing Committee on Pedestrians (ANF10)
Standing Committee on Bicycle Transportation (ANF20)

Transportation equity analysis is important in planning, which has significant equity impacts and equity concerns; however, transportation equity is difficult to evaluate because of the variety of types, impacts, measurement units, and categories of people to consider. A review of literature and research confirms that still little is known about specific needs of genders and their sociodemographics. Without an adequate understanding of 50% of the population, how can equity be measured accurately? An emphasis on inclusivity of cities creates a more supportive environment for discussions of equity, which often are footnotes or fine print and are not taken seriously.

Open Workshop and Introduction: Dawn Spanhake, P.E. (5 minutes)

Qualitative and Quantitative Measures of Social Equity (25 minutes)

Inclusive Planning Analysis Development of social equity indicators through audience engagement

Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute, Canada

Ariane Dupont, Ph.D.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions (30 minutes)

Session 1a.

Needs-based approach for an equitable transportation distribution

Floridea  Di Ciommo Ph.D.

Bringing equity at the heart

Yoram Shiftan Ph.D.

Session 1b.

Improving access for people with mental impairments

Roger Mackett, Centre for Transport Studies at University College London

How to effect changes in policies to ensure equity

Joey Goldman, Principal, Nelson\Nygaard

Session 1c.

Equity Indicators for Special Needs Travelers

            JoAnne Chalom, COMS, Ed.S. Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, AERBVI Environmental Access Committe

Laura Park Leach, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, Metrolina Association for the Blind

Problem Solving Techniques to improve Social Equity in Transportation and Research


Concurrent Breakout Sessions (30 minutes)

Session 2a

Collaboration and Partnership to Advance Equity in the Built Environment

Jesse Cohn Fehr & Peers DC  

Randolph Van Vleck, City Heights Community Development Corporation, Member of the San Diego Bicycle Advisory Committee,

Session 2b

Equity in Transportation  in the Middle Eastern Countries

Laurie Pickup, Vectos

Brazilian women walkability index: participatory construction of a nationwide index to promote women pedestrian policy in a developing country

Adriana Cristina Souza

Session 2c

Modeling gender effects in travel demand forecasts

Jian Zhang, Director, Caliper Corporation

Imperfect Decision making in transportation

Tracy Loh, George Washington University

Real World Social Equity Problem Solving: How to Bridge the Gap

Facilitator: Maria Cristina Marolda, Policy Officer, European Commission  

There are grassroots NGOs who are unable to afford international travel. Each group will view a video of four different problems of social equity. Each group will be asking the participants in a breakout sessions for solutions to their problem. The solutions will be emailed to the NGOs. The participants can work closely with the NGOs and assist them.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions (30 minutes)

Session 3a.

A Tale of Three Cities- What transportation social Equity really means

Six minute videos

Wrap Around Service to bus homeless kids to school in Baroda

Juin Dutta, PhD, Pathshala, Vadodara

Ivana Tasic, PhD, Chalmers Institute of Technology

Session 3b

How to bring equity to women who escaped torture and violence in their homes?

Deepali Vandana, URJA Trust, Mumbai

Taru Taru, University of Michigan

Creating Spaces for the trans community in Delhi, India

Huma Parvez, Foundation for Equal Citizenship, Delhi

Vaishali Agarwal, University of Weimar

Concurrent Breakout Sessions (30 minutes)

Session 4a.

Equity  in our work places

Dawn Spanhake, P.E., Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota

Ar. Kulsum Fatima , University of Calgary

Session 4b.

Accessibility Indicators that improve Equity

Aimee Aguilar, OECD

Dimitrios Papagannou, International Transport Forum. OECD

Session 4c.

Location-based to person-based: what is the difference and what are the latent barriers?

Sigal Kaplan, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Mobility strategies and tactics in Chilean cities: Interdependence and mobility care

Juan Antonio Carrasco, Universidad de Concepción, Chile

Wrap-up  and Next Steps Equity (20 minutes)

Sheila Mitra-Sarkar, Future Trans

Heather Allen, Heather Allen Associates,  

Ariane Dupont, IFSTTAR

Floridea Di Ciommo, En Madrid


Title Presentation Number
Brazilian Women Walkability Index: Participatory Construction of a Nationwide Index to Promote Women Pedestrian Policy in a Developing Country
Adriana Cristina Souza, Universidade de Brasilia
Mateus Andrade, Universidade de Lisboa
Lua Bittencourt, Universidade de Lisboa
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Collaboration and Partnership to Advance Equity in the Built Environment
Jesse Cohn, Fehr & Peers
Randy Andrade - Van Vleck, City Heights Community Development Corporation
Equity in Transportation in the Middle Eastern Countries
Laurence Pickup, Vectos Ltd
Wrap Around Service to Bus Homeless Kids to School
Juin Dutta, No Organization
Sheila Mitra-Sarkar, Future Trans
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Creating Spaces for the Trans Community in Delhi, India
Taru Taru, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
How to Bring Equity to Women Who Escaped Torture and Violence in Their Homes?
Vaishali Agarwal
1305Deepali Vandana
Equity in Our Work Places
Kulsum Fatima, University of Calgary
Dawn Spanhake, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Accessibility Indicators that Improve Equity
Aimee Aguilar Jaber, International Transport Forum at the OECD
Dimitrios Papaioannou, International Transport Forum at the OECD
Location-Based to Person-Based Connectivity: What is the Difference and What Are the Latent Barriers?
Sigal Kaplan, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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Mobility Strategies and Tactics in Chilean Cities: Interdependence and Mobility of Care
Juan Carrasco, Universidad de Concepcion
Next Steps to Bridge the Equity Gap
Sheila Mitra-Sarkar, Future Trans
Floridea Di Ciommo, CENIT-UPC BarcelonaTech
Heather Allen, Transport Research Laboratory, Ltd. (TRL)
Ariane Dupont-Kieffer, University of Paris
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Equity Indicators for Special Needs Travelers
JoAnne Chalom, In Focus Mobility
Laura Park-Leach, Metrolina Association for the Blind (MAB)