Due to the impacts of COVID-19, this portion of the Mobility Innovator was delayed into 2021.
For communities both within the urban core and without, transportation plans and investments often reinforce unequal land-use patterns and result in unequal access to economic and social opportunities. While technological advancements are increasingly offering opportunities to address those inequalities, there is a lack of planning, policy, coordination, and, significantly, communication in order to effectively seize them.
To explore these issues of mobility and equity, particularly in Gateway Cities, the Sasaki Foundation partnered with the MIT Mobility Initiative to host community conversations with academic researchers, community members, and city leaders.
The Mobility Equity Symposium, which took place June 5, 2021, with a focus on the cities of Lynn and Malden, offered an opportunity to hear from community members about particular transportation-related needs they have and challenges they face; to engage with local government actors to better understand opportunities and initiatives in the works; and to workshop methods and ideas to address the identified needs and challenges. The day included two panel discussions on the topics of accessibility.
The Mobility Equity Vision: Exploring Universal Basic Mobility panel took place November 16, 2021 as part of Mobility Vision Day. Panelists explored the concept of Universal Basic Mobility, offering best practices and highlighting the importance of access to quality transportation for all. Learn more and watch event recordings provided by the MIT Mobility Initiative.
Learn more about the MIT Mobility Initiative and read the initiative’s 2020 Annual Report.