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Equity as a Priority Policy: Metropolitan
Washington Council of Governments
and requirements, provides a regional policy framework
and forum for coordination, and provides technical
resources for decision-making.
Equity has been an important policy priority for the
TPB since its founding. The TPB's 1998 Vision statement embraced equity as a key principle. Its long-range
transportation plan, Visualize 2045, emphasizes the
need for multimodal, affordable, and safe mobility
options to promote prosperity, accessibility, livability,
and sustainability throughout and for all residents in the
entire region. In July 2020, the TPB adopted a resolution
committing itself to be anti-racist in its work and seeking to advance equity. It affirmed equity as a founding
principle to be integrated throughout all activities and
recognized that past actions have been exclusionary
or have had a disparate impact on people of color and
marginalized communities.1 The TPB is committed to
correcting such inequities in all programs and policies.

By Sergio Ritacco,
Transportation
Planner, COG

Shutterstock/Ritu Manoj Jethani

Advancing equity among traditionally underserved
communities is a key principle for many of us working
in local and regional transportation planning. While
identifying small geographic areas with concentrations
of disadvantaged populations is a common practice in
project- and planning-level Environmental Justice (EJ)
analyses, the National Capital Region Transportation
Planning Board (TPB) housed at and staffed by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG)
presents a way of leveraging this work to support equity
considerations at the regional level that is also applicable across levels of government and planning fields and
provides lessons learned.
The TPB is the federally designated metropolitan
planning organization (MPO) for metropolitan Washington, serving 44 members, 3,500 square miles (5,633
kilometers), and more than 5 million people and 3 million jobs. The TPB ensures compliance with federal laws

When it comes to public transportation in the Washington, DC, USA region, the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board has identified
equity as an important policy priority.
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