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ACTE Charter


The Committee’s official designation is the Advisory Committee on Transportation Equity.


The Committee is established under the authority of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended, 5 U.S.C. App. 2.  The Secretary of Transportation has determined that the establishment of the Committee is in the public interest.


  1. The objective of this Committee is to provide independent advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Transportation about comprehensive, interdisciplinary issues related to transportation equity from a variety of stakeholders involved in transportation planning, design, research, policy, and advocacy.
  2. The DOT Opportunity principles are to:
    • Support transportation projects that connect people to economic and related forms of opportunity and revitalize communities;
    • Ensure that current and future transportation projects connect and strengthen communities; and
    • Develop transportation facilities that meaningfully reflect and incorporate the input of all the people and communities they touch.
  3. The main objectives of the Committee are to provide advice and recommendations to inform the Department about efforts to:
    • Institutionalize the Opportunity principles into Agency programs, policies, regulations, and activities;
    • Strengthen and establish partnerships with other governmental agencies, including other Federal agencies and State, tribal, or local governments, regarding opportunity issues;
    • Promote economic and related forms of opportunity by empowering communities to have a meaningful voice in local and regional transportation decisions; and
    • Sharpen enforcement tools to ensure compliance with nondiscrimination programs, policies, regulations, and activities.
  4. The Committee will develop a strategic plan and make recommendations to the Secretary on national transportation opportunity metrics – indicators of transportation’s effect on community vitality factors such as economic development, connectivity, and public engagement – and track best practices on improving access to opportunity.
  5. The Committee will submit a report to the Secretary once every 2 years, identifying the opportunities and challenges to increasing equity in the Nation’s transportation system.  In doing so, the Council may use national opportunity metrics to recommend a baseline that State, local, and regional governments and transportation stakeholders may reference for health, social, quality of life, and economic indicia related to transportation.
  6. The Committee will make recommendations that provide timely, comprehensive, inclusive advice to the Secretary on transportation opportunity public policy issues that advance the principles of providing opportunity and access to everyone.
  7. The Advisory Committee on Transportation Equity will engage directly with the internal departmental working group on economic opportunity.


The Advisory Committee on Transportation Equity’s efforts will include evaluation of the Department’s work in using the principles above to achieve Opportunity objectives when carrying out its strategic, research, technological, regulatory, community engagement, and economic policy activities related to transportation and opportunity

The Committee shall act solely in an advisory capacity and will not exercise program management responsibilities.  Decisions directly affecting implementation of transportation policy will remain with the Secretary. 


This Committee shall report to the Secretary of Transportation.


The Office of the Secretary’s Office of the Under Secretary for Policy will provide necessary funding, logistics, and administrative support for the Committee.


It is estimated that the Committee’s operating costs during fiscal years 2016 and 2017 will be $200,000, plus salary and expenses for approximately two to three support staff directly involved with the Committee.  The Office of the Secretary’s Office of the Under Secretary for Policy shall provide staff support as necessary for the Committee.


  1. The Secretary shall appoint a full-time Federal employee to serve as the Advisory Committee on Transportation Equity coordinator and act as the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) for this advisory committee, and shall ensure that administrative support is provided for all activities.
  2. The Designated Federal Officer shall:
    • Call meetings of the Committee, and any subcommittees, after consultation with the Chair and determine where they are to be held;
    • Formulate and approve an agenda, in consultation with the Chair, for each meeting;
    • Notify all Committee members of the time, place, and agenda for any meeting;
    • Provide administrative support for all meetings of the Committee;
    • Attend each Committee and subcommittee meeting;
    • Maintain all Advisory Committee on Transportation Equity files and records; and
    • Adjourn any meeting when it is determined to be in the public interest and chair meetings when directed to do so by the Secretary
  3. Timely notice of committee meetings must be published in the Federal Register at least 15 calendar days before the meeting.


  1. The Committee will meet approximately two times each year.
  2. Each meeting shall be open to the public.  Persons wishing to appear before the Committee must make prior arrangements to do so.  Written materials may be submitted to the Committee at any time.  Each meeting will be held at a reasonable time; in a place reasonably accessible to the public; and in a room large enough to accommodate the Committee members, staff, and a reasonable number of interested members of the public.  Meetings may be closed to the public only as authorized by § 10(d) of FACA, as implemented by 41 CFR Parts 101-6 and 102-3, the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. § 552b(c)), and DOT Order 1120.3B.




This charter shall terminate 2 years after its effective date unless renewed in accordance with FACA and other applicable requirements.


  1. The Committee will comprise 9 to 12 voting members.  To ensure that all views are represented, membership will include a balanced representation from academia, community groups, industry/business, non-government organizations, State and local governments, and federally recognized tribal governments and indigenous groups.
  2. The Secretary of Transportation will seek a membership that is fairly balanced in terms of points of view of the affected interests. 
  3. Members of the Advisory Committee on Transportation Equity may be selected to serve either as representative members or as members appointed solely for their expertise.  The latter will serve as special Government employees.  The Advisory Committee on Transportation Equity members will serve 2-year terms, with no more than two consecutive term reappointments.  All members serve at the pleasure of the Secretary.  Members may continue to serve until their replacement has been appointed.
  4. The Chair and Vice Chair of the Committee will be appointed by the Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy from among the selected members.  Their term of service will not exceed the duration of this charter and they may be reselected for additional periods should the charter be renewed and should they remain on the Committee.
  5. Members of the Committee who are not full-time employees of the U.S. Government serve without compensation.
  6. Members of the Committee who are full-time employees of the U.S. Government serve without additional compensation but may be allowed transportation and per diem in lieu of subsistence and other expenses, in accordance with the Department’s civilian travel regulations.


The Department has the authority to establish subcommittees.  Subcommittees shall not work independently of the chartered Advisory Committee on Transportation Equity and shall report all of their recommendations and advice to the full Committee for deliberation and discussion.  Subcommittees must not provide advice or work products directly to the Department.


  1. The records of the Committee, formally and informally established subcommittees, and other subgroups of the committee shall be handled in accordance with General Records Schedule 6.2, and other approved Agency records disposition schedules.
  2. Minutes must be kept of each committee meeting and include the following:
    • Tie, date, and place of the eeting;
    • A list of all attendees at the eeting;
    • A suary of atters discussed and conclusions reached;
    • Copies of all reports received, issued, or approved by the coittee;
    • A description of the extent to which the eeting was closed to the public, if authorized under 41 CFR § 102-3.155; and
    • A description of public participation, including a list of the ebers of the public who presented oral or written stateents and an estiate ofthe nuber ofebers of the public who attended the eeting.
  3. These records shall be available for public inspection and copying, subject to the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. § 552) and DOT’s regulations governing the protection of sensitive security information (49 CFR Part 15).  The records, reports, transcripts, minutes, and other documents that are made available to or prepared for or by the Committee are available for public inspection at under Docket Number DOT-OST-2016-0206


This committee is effective November 3, 2016, which is the filing date of this renewed charter.  The Committee will remain in existence for 2 years after this date unless sooner terminated or renewed.

Updated: Thursday, December 1, 2016
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