References & Media

Want to see access to opportunity data in action? Here are some real-world applications of the Transportation Equity Dashboard. Note that some of these stories use data from Version 1.0 of the dashboard. As a result some direct links may be broken or specific data references and results may be outdated.

TransitCenter Publications

Checking in on Washington DC’s Transit Recovery

Feb. 16, 2023

As part of our exploration into what our Equity Dashboard reveals about transit access in the seven highest ridership U.S. cities, this blog post takes a deeper look at Washington D.C. In this analysis, we focus primarily on the District itself, rather than the full DMV metropolitan region, to illuminate the particularly glaring disparities in access to opportunity via transit within the core city.

What Does Our Equity Dashboard Reveal about Transit Access in Boston?

Jan. 23, 2023

We evaluate how well Boston residents could access essential destinations like healthcare, jobs, and grocery stores via public transit from February 2020 (right before the pandemic hit) through early August 2022.

Exploring 2022’s Big Transit Themes with New Equity Dashboard Data: Part Two

Dec. 21, 2022

Part two looks at at the “new normal” service patterns emerging at three agencies – New York’s MTA, Philadelphia’s SEPTA, and SFMTA – and explores whether these agencies are closing access gaps, or lapsing back into longstanding inequities.

Exploring 2022’s Big Transit Themes with New Equity Dashboard Data: Part One

Dec. 19, 2022

Part one of our 2022 summary, takes a look at how four agencies – Boston’s MBTA, DC’s WMATA, LA Metro, and Chicago’s CTA – responded to crises this year.

LA’s Bus Network Redesign Hamstrung by Operator Shortfall

May 3, 2022

We found that if LA Metro were able to fully implement the new NextGen bus network, transit riders across Los Angeles County would gain substantial access to essential destinations. Jobs, healthcare, and other places would become easier than ever to reach by public transit, even surpassing the pre-Covid-19 benchmark.

High Frequency Podcast: Measuring Transit Equity in Six Cities

Aug. 12, 2021

In June, TransitCenter released the Transit Equity Dashboard. The dashboard uses maps and graphs to show how transit access varies by race, class, and other demographic factors in 6 major urban regions. TransitCenter Senior Research Associate Mary Buchanan explains the importance of access to opportunity metrics, and how these metrics can be used to measure equity. Mary also shares major findings from the dashboard, and explains how this type of data can bolster advocacy efforts for more equitable service.

Going Above and Beyond: Advice to USDOT on Measuring Transportation Equity

Aug. 6, 2021

A look at how USDOT could better assess transport equity.

Introducing the Transit Equity Dashboard

June 17, 2021

This dashboard aims to help transit practitioners, policymakers, and advocates make more informed and equitable decisions by providing clear metrics about access disparities. By adopting these metrics, we can assess whether changes to transit networks close or widen these gaps.

The State of Transit Equity: Metro Chicago

June 1, 2021

A brief overview and fact sheet of the state of transit equity in Chicago

The State of Transit Equity: Metro Los Angeles

June 1, 2021

A brief overview and fact sheet of the state of transit equity in Los Angeles

The State of Transit Equity: Metro New York

June 1, 2021

A brief overview and fact sheet on the state of transit equity in New York

The State of Transit Equity: Metro Philadlephia

June 1, 2021

A brief overview and fact sheet on the state of transit equity in Philadlephia

The State of Transit Equity: Metro SF Bay Area

June 1, 2021

A brief overview and fact sheet on the state of transit equity in the San Francisco Bay Area

The State of Transit Equity: Metro Washington DC

June 1, 2021

A brief overview and fact sheet on the state of transit equity in Washington DC

In the Media

Industry Reports

Transit is the Answer to improving equity

Dec. 15, 2022 | Regional Transit Authority

Academic Publications

The Opportunity Cost: Using a Narrative Approach to Reframe Pro-equity Urban Informatics

Andrew Hamann and Roderick Crooks | 2023 | Companion Publication of the 2023 Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing.

Accessibility measures in practice: A guide for transportation agencies

Alex Karner, Kaylyn Levine, Louis Alcorn, Minyu Situ, Dana Rowangould, Kyeonsu Kim, and Ayberk Kocatepe | 2022 | NCHRP Project 08-102.

Living on a fare: Modeling and quantifying the effects of fare budgets on transit access and equity

Diego Da Silva, Willem Klumpenhouwer, and Alex Karner | 2022 | Journal of Transport Geography.

A Comprehensive Transit Accessibility and Equity Dashboard

Willem Klumpenhouwer, Jeff Allen, Lisa Li, Rick Liu, Mitchell Robinson, Diego Da Silva, Steven Farber, Alex Karner, Dana Rowangould, Mary Buchanan, and Steven Higashide | 2021 | Findings.