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A Living Document

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is committed to pursuing a comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all. In response to Executive Order 13985, “Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government”, the DOT Equity Action Plan establishes a foundation for DOT’s path towards building a transportation system that works for all people. The plan considers equity from multiple angles, centering on communities that have been underserved, overburdened, and disadvantaged by past transportation decisions. Rather than being covering every facet of DOT's equity work, this document marks an early step in the Department’s journey, one that will inevitably grow and change throughout the process. To accommodate this evolving process, this living document and accompanying webpage will be regularly adapted. At any time, it will represent a portion of the actions the Department is taking to advance equity. 

These actions were developed through an intensive effort, combining knowledge, experience, viewpoints, and data from the public, experts, and DOT staff, including a Request for Information on Transportation Data and Assessment Methods and related engagement. Additional opportunities to engage on the plan and DOT equity activities are forthcoming.   

The DOT Equity Action Plan builds on the foundation of the Department’s FY 2022-2026 Strategic Plan. For the first time, DOT has centered Equity as a Department-wide strategic goal. This is a critical step to institutionalizing equity across the Department’s policies and programs, as depicted in the figure below. Visit the Department’s Equity Priority Page for more information on DOT equity activities.

Foundation, Building, Scale Up, Institutionalize

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Last updated: Thursday, April 14, 2022