Integrating equity in transportation scenario planning: A systematic review
AffiliationDepartment of Civil and Architectural Engineering and Mechanics, The University of Arizona
Geography, Planning and Development
Systematic literature review
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CitationPan, M. M., Wong, S., Tainter, F., Woelfel, S., & Ryan, A. (2024). Integrating equity in transportation scenario planning: A systematic review. Transport Policy, 145, 85-95.
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AbstractTo address the growing uncertainties in the future transportation industry, planners and engineers have identified and implemented scenario planning, a multi-step and strategic approach, in long-range transportation planning. A comprehensive examination of how equity is envisioned, planned, and analyzed during this process remains absent, despite several key guidelines of scenario planning exercises. This paper conducts a systematic literature review focusing on how equity has been considered and evaluated in scenario planning. The resources include academic papers, agency reports, and materials from the recent scenario planning conference, the 2nd Conference on Scenario Planning in Transportation hosted by the Transportation Research Board. This paper examines equity in scenario planning in three important ways: 1) the ways equity has been integrated across steps; 2) how equity analysis has evolved; and 3) when it is necessary to consider equity. This work adds value to the existing body of knowledge by presenting the policy implications based on the review of the current scenario planning research and practices. Early policy recommendations include the need for more vertical equity evaluations, the construction of robustness and justice indicators, and the adoption of a flexible mindset of planning for rather than being fixated on a single scenario.
Note24 month embargo; first published 25 October 2023
VersionFinal accepted manuscript
SponsorsFederal Highway Administration