Equity Analysis Data, Measures, and Methods for MPOs and Transit Agencies

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Session Description

Transportation equity, environmental justice, and civil rights analyses are increasingly being conducted by transportation planning agencies. But there appears to be limited understanding of the implications of different data sources, performance measures, and methods on outcomes. In this webinar, Dr. Karner will discuss his work that aims to systemize and standardize equity analysis by identifying best practices and performing comparative assessments. He will present work relevant to both MPOs and transit agencies and will discuss broader trends in transportation equity research and practice.


Dr. Alex Karner is an assistant professor at The University of Texas at Austin in the Graduate Program in Community & regional Planning. His work critically engages with the practice of transportation planning with the goal of achieving progress towards equity and sustainability. To this end, he develops innovative methods for analyzing the performance of integrated transportation-land use systems in the areas of civil rights, environmental justice, public health, and climate change. This work is undergirded by his training in civil engineering, transportation planning, and history. Dr. Karner's work has been supported by the Federal Transit Administration, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, the California Endowment, the National Center for Sustainable Transportation, the National Transportation Center at the University of Maryland, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, among others. He holds a PhD in civil engineering from the University of California, Davis, and a BASc in civil engineering from the University of Toronto.