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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 Transportation, Justice and Equity

Banister, D. (2018). Inequality in transport.


Brenman, M., & Sanchez, T. W. (2012). Planning as if people matter: Governing for social equity. Island Press.


Bullard, R. (2003). Addressing Urban Transportation Equity in the United States. Fordham Urban Law Journal, 31(5), 1183. (BIPOC author)


Bullard, R. D., Johnson, G. S., & Torres, A. O. (Eds.). (2004). Highway robbery: Transportation racism & new routes to equity. South End Press.  (BIPOC author)


Planning While Black, NACTO 2016 Keynote by Tamika Butler. (2016, October 25). (BIPOC author)


Karner, A., Rowangould, D., & London, J. (2016). We Can Get There From Here: New Perspectives on Transportation Equity. National Center for Sustainable Transportation.


Karner, A., London, J., Rowangould, D., & Manaugh, K. (2020). From Transportation Equity to Transportation Justice: Within, Through, and Beyond the State. Journal of Planning Literature, 0885412220927691.


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


Lucas, K. (2012). Transport and social exclusion: Where are we now? Transport Policy, 20, 105–113.


Lugo, A. (2018, November 7). Untokening Mobility: Beyond Pavement, Paint & Place. (BIPOC author)


Martens, K. (2012). Justice in transport as justice in accessibility: Applying Walzer’s ‘Spheres of Justice’ to the transport sector. Transportation, 39(6), 1035–1053.


Martens, K. (2017). Transport justice: Designing fair transportation systems. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.


Martens, K., Golub, A., & Robinson, G. (2012). A justice-theoretic approach to the distribution of transportation benefits: Implications for transportation planning practice in the United States. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 46(4), 684–695.


McCullough, S. (2020, July 29). Moving from Equity to Justice in Transportation in a Time of Crisis. (BIPOC author)


Pereira, R. H. M., Schwanen, T., & Banister, D. (2017). Distributive justice and equity in transportation. Transport Reviews, 37(2), 170–191.


Pollack, S., Williams, L., Lopez, R., & Luna, I. (2013). The toll of transportation. Northeastern University Dukakis Center for Regional and Urban Policy.


Sanchez, T. W., & Brenman, M. (2007). The Right to Transportation. American Planning Association.


Sheller, M. (2015). Racialized Mobility Transitions in Philadelphia: Connecting Urban Sustainability and Transport Justice. City & Society, 27(1), 70–91.


Sheller, M. (2018). Mobility justice: The politics of movement in the age of extremes. Verso.


Sulaiman, S. (2016, September 20). Justice-Oriented Mobility Advocates to “Untokenize” Active Transportation Movement at November Convening. Streetsblog Los Angeles. (BIPOC author)


Untokening Collective. (2017). Untokening 1.0—Principles of Mobility Justice. (BIPOC author)


Untokening Collective. (2018, January 27). Untokening Mobility: Beyond Pavement, Paint and Place. The Untokening. (BIPOC author)