Events / Meetings

Recent Research on Transit Equity: From Idea, to Theory, to Practice

When: Thursday, May 30, 2024 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

This webinar is led by the ITE Transit Committee.

Webinar Description:

The webinar is intended to introduce the audience to transit equity. It will begin with an overview of transportation equity with specific focus on how it is relevant to transit. The introduction will synthesize information from range of sources to present a clear idea of transit equity. Upon establishing the ideas and vocabulary needed to approach the issue as transportation engineering and planning professionals, two student-led case studies will be briefly presented. Both case studies explore transit equity issues considering impacts of COVID-19 impacts on transit operations.

The first examines national transit data to understand racial and ethnic disparities in transit supply during the pandemic. The second case study illustrates how the pandemic impacted paratransit operations in Birmingham, Alabama with emphasis on older persons and persons with disabilities. Following the case studies, a summary will be provided with a focus on how the knowledge generated by the case studies and other research can be translated into practice to improve transit equity in different context(s). The webinar will close with an interactive panel wherein participants can interact with the presenters and moderator to explore and discuss the presented material.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand transportation equity, especially as it relates to transit
  • Identify data sources for conducting transit equity analyses
  • Recognize how academic research can enhance transit equit

Candace Brakewood, Associate Professor | University of Tennessee, Knoxville | Knoxville, TN, USA


  • Steven Jones, Director, Transportation Policy Research Center | Alabama Transportation Institute | Tuscaloosa, AL, USA
  • Shuocheng Guo, PhD Student | University of Alabama | Tuscaloosa, AL, USA
  • Hossein Gazmeh, PhD Student | University of Alabama | Tuscaloosa, AL, USA

ITE Members: Free

Registration for webinar includes the live event, an archived recording with access for 30 days to each registrant. If you are a non-member of ITE you will need to create an account to register. You can create an account here.

PDH/CM Credit Certificate: If you would like PDH/CM Credit for this webinar, there is a processing fee for each registrant of $20 regardless of membership status to receive 1.0 PDH/CM credits certificate. Instructions and link will be provided at the conclusion of the live event. Participants are able to purchase and retrieve their certificate until their access to the content expires. After the content expires and goes into archive, the certificate opportunity is forfeit.