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7/15/2021



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PennDOT releases transportation equity report


Report highlights efforts to eliminate systemic racism and inequity in transportation.
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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has released its first Dismantling Systemic Racism and Inequities (DSRI) report.

The report evaluates PennDOT's diversity and inclusion efforts to better understand structural racism in transportation. It evaluates programs and initiatives that could help support equitable transportation in Pennsylvania, PennDOT officials said in a news release.

"Race and transportation have long been intertwined, and the nation's infrastructure investments have impacted generations of people of color," said PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian. "It's our responsibility to be honest about these impacts and take definitive steps toward a transportation system that serves everyone equitably."

The DSRI report reviews how PennDOT can achieve greater equity in the areas of contracting, public involvement, community investment, and its boards, commissions and internal culture.

The report can be viewed here.



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