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USDOT seeks input on transportation equity-assessment tools


The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued a request for information (RFI) to receive public input on the data and assessment tools available to assess transportation equity.

Through the RFI, the department seeks information and recommendations in the field of transportation equity from public agencies, academics involved in the study of equity in transportation decision-making, advocacy and nonprofit organizations working in the transportation sector or the field of equity, and state, local, tribal and territorial stakeholders, according to a USDOT press release.

USDOT will use the responses to inform its approach as it expands the use of data and equity-assessment methods to advance transportation equity goals. The RFI closes on June 24.

The RFI is one action the department is taking in response to President Joe Biden’s executive order, "Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government," which directs the government to pursue a comprehensive approach to advance equity.

The executive order requires each federal agency to conduct an equity assessment of high-priority, high-impact agency programs, policies and processes to be delivered to the Domestic Policy Council by Aug. 8.

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