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terms center their needs the best. As we evolve our practices, we
must also evolve our words.

What is ITE Complete Streets Council's Role?
The ITE Complete Streets Council's (CSC) efforts to aggregate new
guidance on incorporating equity into practice is a timely topic.
The CSC's efforts are a subset of ITE's larger initiative to improve
our industry's ability to apply an " equity lens " to transportation
policies, programs, practices, standards and projects.
This effort will start by collecting examples from communities
with existing practices in applying an equity lens. Our goal is to
map a path forward, bridging the gap between progressive equity
policies to identifying technical analysis tools in addressing
inequities in the built environment. The effort will also include
guidance on equitable and inclusive community engagement, such
as how to address transportation accessibility needs for all users,
especially in marginalized communities, to jobs, services, schools,
parks and other economic opportunities. The effort will also focus
on measuring accessibility as the central performance measure for
building this equity assessment methodology. Accessibility and
equity indicators will be identified from available demographic
datasets and possible new sources.
The collections of various resources should provide a better
framework for future equity assessments as well as leveraged to
help communities with other opportunities such as economic
development and sustainability initiatives.
The mission of this effort is to develop new best practices on the
following topics:
ƒ	 Identify inclusive community engagement practices and tools
ƒ	 Identify language and terminology evolution needs
ƒ	 Identify new quantitative and qualitative data needs

Figure 4. Equity Lens Example: Measuring Success.
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ƒ	 Identify transportation equity indicators and methodology
ƒ	 Identify how to measure success
ƒ	 Identify complete street publication updates to reflect the
outcome of this initiative

Parting Thought
It's time to redefine how our industry measures success. This is
incredibly important as how we measure success in transportation
also shapes how we distribute resources and fiscal investment.
Imagine our transportation network as a spectrum of light.
Currently, we have a sector that is visible and devoted to the efficient
movement of people in automobiles. As the rest of the network
struggles for resources, struggling to be prioritized, and sacrificed
for the success of an already thriving auto centric sector. We can
continue to look at this system, see the bright light and say, " what
a success, " or we can broaden our perspective and see that the
network as a whole is burning out. We must embrace the purpose of
transportation to create the full, bright spectrum of transportation
choices our communities expect and deserve.
Developing an equity lens for success requires new voices,
perspectives, and bold ideas. If you have community transportation equity examples, technical expertise, or interest in this
effort, the CSC is looking for you. Simply contact Larry Marcus
at lmarcus.forward.progress@gmail.com to express your interest
or share any resource links. itej

Acknowledgements
The Baltimore City Council and Department of Transportation
have been leaders in addressing equity in our industry. The example
work efforts summarized in this article were led by Theo Ngongang,
Graham Young, and Tereina Galloway.



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