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Power of Community

Power of Community IconOutcome

Individuals and communities have a greater voice in transportation decisions affecting them.


Highlighted Action

Reinvigorating USDOT’s enforcement of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, including re-emphasizing agency review of the potential discriminatory impact of grantees’ proposed activities before awarding federal funds—as opposed to waiting until a project is delivered to enforce civil rights protections—will prevent disparate impacts on protected classes and empower communities in transportation decision-making.

Key Performance Indicators

  • Increase in the number of State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) officially adopting a quantitative Equity Screening component to their Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) development processes to incorporate community vision and need in project selection and design.
  • Increase in the number of meaningful and representative public participation engagements held by MPOs and State DOTs in the development of STIPs and TIPs in rural and urban communities.

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