Examining recent attempts to apply equity policies to toll lanes

In Politics by Michael Rae

Everyone paying attention to transportation policy over the past decade has noticed the increased focus on equity. The U.S. Department of Transportation is currently building on President Joe Biden’s Executive Order 13985, “Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government,” to include equity considerations in all its programs. Similarly, discussions and sessions on equity are being held with increasing frequency at significant conferences by groups like the Transportation Research Board, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the International Bridge, Tunnel & Turnpike Association, and others.

But as transportation researcher Steven Polzin pointed out in testimony before the

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