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Justice40 Initiative

Department of Transportation's Justice40 Informational Video
Department of Transportation's Justice40 Informational Video (Spanish)


What is the Justice40 Initiative?

The Biden-Harris Administration created the Justice40 Initiative to confront and address decades of underinvestment in disadvantaged communities. The initiative will bring resources to communities most impacted by climate change, pollution, and environmental hazards.

Here at the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Justice40 is an opportunity to address gaps in transportation infrastructure and public services by working toward the goal that at least 40% of the benefits from many of our grants, programs, and initiatives flow to disadvantaged communities.

Justice40 is not a one-time investment, nor is it a single pot of money.  Rather it is a government wide initiative that makes a series of changes to ensure benefits reach communities most in need. Through Justice40, USDOT will work to increase affordable transportation options, that connect Americans to good-paying jobs, fight climate change, and improve access to resources and quality of life in communities in every state and territory in the country.

The initiative allows USDOT to identify and prioritize projects that benefit rural, suburban, tribal, and urban communities facing barriers to affordable, equitable, reliable, and safe transportation. Through Justice40, USDOT will also assess the negative impacts of transportation projects and systems on disadvantaged communities and will consider whether meaningful public involvement is taking place throughout a project's lifecycle.

USDOT is not only meeting, it is exceeding the goal.

To learn more about our baselines please visit our Justice40 Baselines StoryMap and our baseline webpages: FY23 Baselines and FY22 Baselines

How are USDOT’s Investments Benefiting Communities? 

The map below has a sampling of discretionary award announcements that were made in FY22 and FY23 in disadvantaged communities, from Justice40 covered programs.  This sampling represents 1% of the total Justice40 covered program discretionary and formula fund investments in these years. Click on each project marker to learn more about examples of projects generating benefits in the 5 categories: Access, Safety, Resilience, Economic Competitiveness, and Emissions Reduction.

Questions or comments on USDOT's Justice40 work please email:

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