Historically, transportation investments and plans have not met the mobility needs of low-income people of color because decisions have been made behind closed doors without community input. This has resulted in these communities suffering from disproportionate levels of transportation-related pollution and longer and less reliable commutes. A lack of good mobility options limits low-income people’s ability to raise themselves out of poverty. Today, low-income people of color often face financial, technological, physical, or cultural barriers to accessing shared mobility services (i.e. bikeshare, scooter share, Uber, carshare, etc.). Some of these mobility services have also be shown to compete with public transit ridership and utilize unfair labor practices, both of which harm people of color.
Equitable mobility pilot projects should center the voices usually left out of decision-making through a community- driven process. Equitable mobility pilot projects must address entrenched injustices by providing the following benefits to low- income communities of color in a way that is meaningful, direct, and assured.
- Increase access to affordable, efficient, safe, reliable mobility options.
- Reduce air pollution.
- Enhance economic opportunities.
Equity is transforming the behaviors, institutions, and systems that disproportionately harm people of color. Equity means increasing access to power, redistributing and providing additional resources, and eliminating barriers to opportunity, in order to empower low-income communities of color to thrive and reach full potential.