Accessibility and Mobility Strategy Synthesis Planning > Regional Programs > Congestion Management > Accessibility and Mobility Strategy Synthesis > 3-Conduct Equity Assessment Print 3-Conduct Equity Assessment The Federal Highway Administration notes that “equity in transportation seeks fairness in mobility and accessibility to meet the needs of all community members. A central goal of transportation equity is to facilitate social and economic opportunities by providing equitable levels of access to affordable and reliable transportation options based on the needs of the populations being served, particularly populations that are traditionally underserved”. The Equity Assessment report explores mobility and accessibility outcomes for different socio-demographic groups in the 13-county NJTPA region. These include both environmental justice populations (minority and/or low-income populations) and other groups (e.g., seniors, persons with disabilities, limited English proficiency). The report is intended to consider how transportation systems meet the needs of these populations, who may be disadvantaged as a result of historical discrimination or based on present-day circumstances. The assessment identifies locations with high numbers of vulnerable populations that have relatively poor mobility or accessibility based on the following indicators: Bicycle/pedestrian crashes with fatalities or serious injuries Access to frequent transit Travel time to work Access to jobs by transit Commute needs Congested roadways In addition, the assessment draws on perspectives gained through a Transportation Equity Survey of stakeholders, and identifies the following types of equity-related needs: Spatial and temporal needs Infrastructure and system operations needs Affordability Access to information The document also highlights perspectives on integrating equity into transportation decision making.