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DOT Equity Action Plan Events

Overview of the 2023 Update to the Equity Action Plan – Webinar

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) hosted a webinar on February 26, 2024, from 3:30-4:30 PM (ET) on Zoom to provide updates on the recently released update to the DOT Equity Action Plan. The webinar included remarks from Christopher Coes, Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy and Irene Marion, Director of the Departmental Office of Civil Rights and an overview of the 2023 update to the Equity Action Plan, including the progress DOT has made in implementing the 2022 Equity Action Plan and the updated metrics and actions DOT is committing to across five pillars: Wealth Creation; Power of Community; Proactive Intervention, Planning, and Capacity Building; and Institutionalizing Equity. There was also an opportunity for Q&A with DOT representatives that work across the equity space.

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DOT Public Dialogues on 2023 Equity Action Plan Update

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) held two public dialogue events as part of our annual update to the DOT Equity Action Plan.  

The events were an opportunity to engage directly with DOT staff and leaders driving the Department’s equity work and key programs. They included opening remarks and Q&A with key DOT officials, including Christopher Coes, Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy; Irene Marion, Director of the Departmental Office of Civil Rights; and Randall (Keith) Benjamin II, Federal Highway Administration's Associate Administrator for Highway Policy and External Affairs (in-person event); and Irene Rico, Associate Administrator, Office of Civil Rights, Federal Highway Administration (virtual event). Participants received an informational overview of the DOT Equity Action Plan, the update process, and opportunities to ask questions of DOT staff involved in equity-related work.   

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The events were intended to help the public better understand DOT’s equity work and respond to a related Request for Information (RFI) that was open through June 30, 2023. The RFI responses helped the Department understand the impact of our equity activities to date and inform what efforts we prioritized as we updated DOT’s Equity Action Plan.  

  • An in-person dialogue was held on June 20 from 9 am -12:00 pm ET at the U.S.DOT Headquarters in Washington DC. 
  • A virtual dialogue was held on June 23 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET on Zoom. The slide presentation for this meeting can be found here. A related message from Secretary Buttigieg and recording from the meeting can be found below.
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The video above is a welcome message for these events from Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg.

The video above is a welcome message for these events from Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg.

DOT Info Session on Transportation Equity (2022 Archive)

On May 25, from 2pm ET – 3pm ET, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) hosted a virtual Info Session on Transportation Equity. Watch and share the event recording below.

Done right, equitable transportation policy can help level the playing field. It can transform economies, connect people to opportunity and empower underserved communities to build generational wealth for the future.

During this event, participants heard from Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and other DOT leaders about our first-ever Equity Action Plan, released on April 14 as part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s whole-of-government equity agenda, and how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law can help advance transportation equity.

In partnership with community leaders, State, Tribal and local governments, academia, businesses, and the traveling public, we at the Department of Transportation look forward to continuing the vital work outlined in the Equity Action Plan. We welcome everyone to watch and share the event recording to continue the conversation and consider how you can help advance transportation equity. 

  • For the session chat and speaker transcript, you can access the Zoom recording available here using passcode f*2bJjj1
  • In the Zoom recording, you will not see the ASL interpreter, polls, or slides.
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Have an idea to help advance transportation equity? Want to partner on one of these actions? Email us at equity@dot.gov to share your thoughts.


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