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Delivering Equity in Transit and Next Steps

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This webinar is led jointly by ITE Transit Standing Committee and the Transportation and Health Committee.

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Webinar Description:
Public transit has not regularly provide equal access to employment, education, health care, and other vital social services for millions across the US and Canada. Despite systemic, pandemic-driven changes to travel patterns, most transit systems continue to prioritize service for traditional, 9-5 white collar commuters. This persistent bias for suburban-to-city resources continues to exclude millions who do not work downtown or remotely, do not live near a frequent arterial bus route, or cannot afford to travel by other means.

These themes were explored at a high level in the 2022 ITE Conference session "Advancing Health Equity through Transit". Now join session panelists Fred Neal (New Orleans Regional Transit Authority in New Orleans, LA), Heidi Guenin (IBI in Portland, OR), and Presenter Dan Ross (HDR in Vancouver, BC) as they dig deeper to outline critical and concrete actions transit agencies can take to actually do something about it. This follow-up webinar explores tangible steps to quantify the disbenefit value of inequity, frame resource allocation improvements, and manage structural change to drive equitable outcomes. This webinar will focus on concrete steps that transit professionals and managers can take to improve Equity outcomes in their respective organizations and communities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize how transit's traditional service model has fostered community inequity
  • Identify ways to engage change within organizations often resistant to change
  • Describe how to track and communicate alternative measures of success for communities and decision makers.

Policies: The webinar recording will be made available on-demand it will have a shelf life of 60 days to register before it is archived. Participants are able to purchase and retrieve their PDH credit certificate until their access to the content expires. After the content expires and goes into archive, the PDH credit certificate opportunity is forfeited.


  • Fred Neal, AICP, Commissioner, Regional Transit Authority of New Orleans | Regional Transit Authority of New Orleans | New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

    Fred Neal Jr., AICP is Director of Planning with Villavaso and Associates and a member of the Board of Commissioners at the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority where he serves as chair of the Operations and Administration Committee and board liaison to the Riders Advisory Committee. Additionally, Fred is an Adjunct Professor at Tulane University. Fred is a founding member of RIDE New Orleans, an organization that advocates for world class and equitable public transportation in New Orleans, and serves as a Trustee at TransitCenter, a foundation that works to improve public transit in cities across the U.S. Fred lives in the historic Central City neighborhood and uses the bus, streetcar and bike for many of his daily trips.

  • Heidi Guenin, Senior Manager, Mobility | Arcadis IBI Group | Portland, Oregon, United States

    Heidi Guenin, a Senior Manager, Mobility at Arcadis IBI Group, has over a decade of experience working at the intersection of urban planning, public health, and social and environmental justice. She is currently supporting the efforts of several transit agencies to improve access to healthcare, integrate human service transportation providers into regional coordination systems, or pilot new mobility programs to meet the needs of groups that have traditionally been underserved.

  • Dan Ross, Senior Project Manager | HDR | Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

    Dan Ross is a Senior Project Manager with over 17 years' experience in transit and transportation network planning, engineering, and design. He has delivered hundreds of projects from his time with NYCDOT to consultant work in New Zealand and for diverse clients across the US and Canada. Currently serving on ITE's Transit Standing Committee, Dan is proud to work with Fred, Heidi, and ITE's Health and Safety Committee to advance this critical topic for transit-serving communities.

February 14, 2023
Tue 2:00 PM EST

Duration 1H 0M

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