TRANSPORTATION AND REGIONAL ECONOMIC EQUITY

The investment in transportation infrastructure has always been made with the implicit assumption that economic benefits will accrue. Simply put, equity addresses the distribution of investment costs and benefits, or, who are the winners and who are the losers. Regional economic equity asks whether disproportionate costs are born by one segment of the region while benefits are realized by other segments of the region. This paper examines these issues in the following sequence: some definitions of equity and an assessment of equity by population segment, mode, what is moved (goods or people), and by location (city, suburb or rural area); a review of how investment decisions have shaped our infrastructure landscape and the sources of inequity that have resulted; programs that must emerge to deal with equity issues in the next decades, and current legislation that can be used to regional advantage; and the role of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in the context of these issues.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This research was sponsored by a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation's University Transportation Centers Program.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University Transportation Research Center

    City College of New York
    Marshak Hall, Suite 910, 160 Convent Avenue
    New York, NY  United States  10031
  • Authors:
    • Paaswell, R E
  • Publication Date: 1994-1

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: 8 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00725825
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 5 1996 12:00AM