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Justice and Equity in Transportation and Urbanism

Justice and equity manifests in many different ways in transportation and urbanism. This guide presents a number of resources to help you engage with the work necessary to make these systems just.

Readings on Environmental Justice, Equity, and Sustainability

Chakraborty, J. (2006). Evaluating the environmental justice impacts of transportation improvement projects in the US. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 11(5), 315–323.


Council on Environmental Quality. (1997). Environmental Justice Guidance Under the National Environmental Policy Act [Other Policies and Guidance].


Houston, D., Wu, J., Ong, P., & Winer, A. (2004). Structural Disparities of Urban Traffic in Southern California: Implications for Vehicle-Related Air Pollution Exposure in Minority and High-Poverty Neighborhoods. Journal of Urban Affairs, 26(5), 565–592. (BIPOC author)


Khisty, C. J. (1996). Operationalizing Concepts of Equity for Public Project Investments. Transportation Research Record, 1559(1), 94–99.


Lowe, K., & Nolan, L. (2018). The Costs of Compliance: An Environmental Justice Analysis of Automobile Emissions Testing Siting in Metropolitan Chicago. Transportation Research Record, 2672(3), 185–193.


Lucas, K. (Ed.). (2004). Running on empty: Transport, social exclusion and environmental justice (1. publ). Policy.


Lucas, K. (2006). Providing transport for social inclusion within a framework for environmental justice in the UK. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 40(10), 801–809.


Mann, E. (2005). An Environmental Justice Strategy for Urban Transportation | Reimagine!


Marcantonio, R. A., Golub, A., Karner, A., & Nelson, L. (2017). Confronting Inequality in Metropolitan Regions: Realizing the Promise of Civil Rights and Environmental Justice in Metropolitan Transportation Planning. Fordham Urban Law Journal, 44(4), 1017. 


Pulido, L. (2000). Rethinking Environmental Racism: White Privilege and Urban Development in Southern California. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 90(1), 12–40. (BIPOC author)


Rowangould, D., Karner, A., & London, J. (2016). Identifying environmental justice communities for transportation analysis. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 88, 151–162.


Schweitzer, L. A., & Valenzuela, Jr., A. (2004). Environmental Injustice and Transportation: The Claims and the Evidence. Journal of Planning Literature, 18(4), 383–398.