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DOT's Advisory Committee on Transportation Equity

DOT is pleased to post the notice of the establishment of an Advisory Committee on Transportation Equity (ACTE) under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).  

Equity is a top priority for the Biden-Harris Administration, which is reflected in the Department’s strategic priorities.  The objective of the reestablished Committee is to provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Transportation on comprehensive, interdisciplinary issues related to transportation equity from a variety of stakeholders involved in transportation planning, design, research, policy, and advocacy in pursuit of the Department’s equity goals.  Specifically, the ACTE will consist of equity practitioners advising the Department on its strategies centered around four Equity Objectives: 

  • Expanding Access – increasing social and economic opportunity for historically overburdened and underserved communities by providing affordable, multi-modal transportation options and the development of a transportation cost burden measure. 

  • Power of Community – ensuring that individuals and communities have a greater voice in transportation decisions that affect them. 

  • Interventions – committing to ensure that historically overburdened and underserved communities benefit from access to a generational investment in the nation’s infrastructure through direct, hands-on technical support for transportation projects with local impact. 

  • Wealth Creation – building capital, expanding business networks, and attaining new skills and experience for small and disadvantaged businesses through increased USDOT contracting opportunities. 

The main objectives of the Committee are to provide advice and recommendations to inform the Department about efforts to: 

  • Help inform Secretary Buttigieg on promising practices to institutionalize equity into Agency programs, policies, regulations, and activities; 

  • Strengthen and establish partnerships with overburdened and underserved communities who have been historically underrepresented in the Department’s outreach and engagement; 

  • Offer a forum for coordination and the exchange of information on equity concerns raised in local and regional transportation decisions; and 

  • Provide added strength, objectivity, and confidence to management’s decision-making process. 

The establishment of the ACTE is necessary for the Department to carry out its mission in the public interest. The Committee will operate in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act and the rules and regulations issued in implementation of that Act.

Federal Register Notice To Establish the Advisory Committee on Transportation Equity


Advisory Committee on Transportation Equity
Attn: Departmental Office of Civil Rights 
1200 New Jersey Ave, SE 
Washington, DC 20590. United States 


Last updated: Friday, May 20, 2022