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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, Poverty, Income and Class

Blumenberg, E., & Agrawal, A. W. (2014). Getting Around When You’re Just Getting By: Transportation Survival Strategies of the Poor. Journal of Poverty, 18(4), 355–378.


Blumenberg, E., & Pierce, G. (2017). The Drive to Work: The Relationship between Transportation Access, Housing Assistance, and Employment among Participants in the Welfare to Work Voucher Program. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 37(1), 66–82.


Glaeser, E. L., Kahn, M. E., & Rappaport, J. (2008). Why Do the Poor Live in Cities? The Role of Public Transportation. Journal of Urban Economics, 63(1), 1–24.


Klein, N. J., & Smart, M. J. (2017). Car Today, Gone Tomorrow: The Ephemeral Car in Low-Income, Immigrant and Minority Families. Transportation, 44, 495–510.


Lowe, K., & Mosby, K. (2016). The Conceptual Mismatch: A Qualitative Analysis of Transportation Costs and Stressors for Low-Income Adults. Transport Policy, 49, 1–8. (BIPOC author)


Renne, J. L., & Bennett, P. (2014). Socioeconomics of urban travel: Evidence from the 2009 National Household Travel Survey with implications for sustainability. World Transport Policy & Practice, 20(4), 7–27. 

Roy, K. M., Tubbs, C. Y., & Burton, L. M. (2004). Don’t Have No Time: Daily Rhythms and the Organization of Time for Low-Income Families. Family Relations, 53(2), 168–178. (BIPOC author) 


Sanchez, T. W. (2008). Poverty, Policy, and Public Transportation. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 42(5), 833–841.


Sanchez, T. W., Shen, Q., & Peng, Z.-R. (2004). Transit Mobility, Jobs Access and Low-income Labour Participation in US Metropolitan Areas. Urban Studies, 41(7), 1313–1331.


Urban Habitat. (2005, 2006). Moving the Movement | Reimagine!