VISION 2050 identified significant disparities between the white population and people of color in the Region with respect to educational attainment levels, per capita income, and poverty. Reducing these systematic disparities will require significant action on many fronts.
Improving equitable access to opportunity for all of the Region's residents is one of the four important themes of VISION 2050 that guided the preparation and evaluation of the recommendations throughout the plan. As part of the plan development and any changes made to the plan, Commission staff completes an equity analysis, which evaluates whether the benefits and impacts of the recommended plan would be shared fairly and equitably among different populations in the Region.
POPULATIONS INCLUDED IN THE EQUITY ANALYSIS
The equity analysis evaluates how areas with higher-than-average (for the Region) proportions of people of color, families in poverty, and people with disabilities will be served by the recommended plan and, as applicable, the fiscally constrained transportation system.
RACE AND ETHNICITY
This map shows the existing concentrations of people in the Region by race and Hispanic ethnicity estimated from data available from the most recent U.S. Census.
Data indicate that automobile travel is the dominant mode of travel for all population groups, however, between 4 and 13 percent of the minority population uses public transit to get to work, compared to 3 percent of the white population.
SUMMARY OF CONCLUSIONS
While all land use recommendations would have a positive impact on the Region's population as a whole, many recommendations would have a particularly positive impact on people of color, low-income populations, and people with disabilities
None would have an adverse impact on these population groups
STREETS AND HIGHWAYS
No area of the Region would disproportionately bear the impact of the planned freeway and surface arterial capacity improvements
VISION 2050 would significantly improve transit access for people of color, low-income populations, and people with disabilities to jobs, healthcare, education, and other activities
A disparate impact to these population groups is likely unless additional funding is provided for transit
The significant improvement and expansion of transit under VISION 2050 would drastically improve access to jobs by transit—expanding opportunities for people without access to a vehicle. If additional funding is not provided, access to jobs by transit will decrease by 2050.