Transportation Equity (TE) Certification Modules


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Transportation Equity (TE) Certification

A two-part certification. Choose two modules (Module I & II or Module II & III) to earn your TE certification. 

  • Module I | Equitable Mobility and Effective Engagement
    • New Dates coming soon!
  • Module II | Equity and Accessibility-based Approach
    • Session 1: Wednesday | February 9, 2022 | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm | Eastern Time
    • Session 2: Wednesday | February 16, 2022 | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm | Eastern Time
  • Module III | Transit Planning for Equity Outcomes
    • Session 1: Tuesday | March 1, 2022 | 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm | Eastern Time
    • Session 2: Tuesday | March 8, 2022 | 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm | Eastern Time

Virtual sessions via Zoom | Registration includes access to applicable sessions 

  • The virtual TE Certification training modules may be held in person beginning in Fall 2022, upon request. Please contact Dr. Mehri “Mehrsa” Mohebbi, director of the UFTI TE Certification Program, if you have any questions or comments. We are happy to customize the course based on your organization’s needs.

Preview

Agenda Module I 

Session 1 (TBD)

Manifestation of Equity in Transportation | Dr. Mehri "Mehrsa" Mohebbi
Interactive Exercises: Meaningful Engagement in Different Environments | Joey Goldman

Session 2 (TBD)

Equitable Engagement Methods | Dr. Mehri "Mehrsa" Mohebbi
Interactive Exercises: Equity Implications of Virtual Engagement | Dr. Larry Schooler

Agenda Module II 

Session 1 (Feb 9)

Transition towards Accessibility-based Planning | Dr. Mehri "Mehrsa" Mohebbi
Interactive Exercise: Develop Evaluation Tools and Performance Indicators for Measuring Progress toward Equity Goals | Todd Litman

Session 2 (Feb 16)

Equity Analysis and Community Context | Dr. Mehri "Mehrsa" Mohebbi
Interactive Exercise: Measuring the Inclusivity of Transportation Systems | Todd Litman

Agenda Module III

Session 1 (Mar 1)

Transit Planning for Equity Outcomes | Dr. Mehri "Mehrsa" Mohebbi
Interactive Exercises: Meaningful Engagement in Different Environments | Joey Goldman

Session 2 (Mar 8)

Manifestation of Equity in Transit Planning | Dr. Mehri "Mehrsa" Mohebbi
Interactive Exercises: Equity Implications of Virtual Engagement | Dr. Larry Schooler

Description

Module I Equitable Mobility and Effective Engagement 

  • This year, we are offering a two-day course on Equity in Transportation and Equitable Engagement Methods. On the first day of the course, we will explore manifestation of equity in transportation and discuss pre- and post-pandemic transportation user’s typology, and in the second day we will emphasize equitable methods of engagement in transportation. We will discuss the value of effective communication for transportation projects and ways to develop and implement outreach and engagement that is equitable and inclusive. Our guest speakers will lead exercises focused on two different topics: 
  1. How to effectively engage communities when siting transportation facilities, constructing infrastructure, or planning transit services in urban, suburban, and rural areas. We will look at strategies for partnering with community-based organizations, local media, and community representatives, and assess the obstacles to offering meaningful engagement opportunities in these different types of environments.
  2. The equity implications of engaging communities in the transportation planning and investment process during the pandemic, including how the pivot to virtual engagement impacted underrepresented and disadvantaged communities. We will explore the “digital divide” and ways transportation agencies and others are working to overcome the limitations of virtual engagement. 
  • Participants will have an opportunity to evaluate case studies and collaborate to define strategies to address these equity challenges.  

Module II Equity and Accessibility-based Approach (Feb 9, Feb 16)

  • This course will provide participants with information on why it is important to incorporate comprehensive analysis of social equity impacts into transportation planning, how multimodal, accessibility-based planning can help achieve equity goals, and what this means to day-to-day planning decisions. It is a timely course that assists practitioners in developing practical methods for evaluating and applying equity analysis to help ensure that our transportation system serves diverse users in an equitable way.
  • In the first half of each session of this module, participants will learn:
  1. The transition toward multimodal, accessibility-based transportation planning. The instructors will discuss the transition from mobility-based to multimodal, accessibility-based planning. This approach changes the way planners evaluate transportation system performance to consider multiple modes, and land use development factors.
  2. Tools for equity analysis. The instructors will introduce various analysis tools that can help evaluate social equity impacts. These will include Litman’s Transportation Equity Matrix, multimodal performance indicators, comprehensive accessibility mapping systems, transportation affordability indices, and comprehensive cost models which estimate the impacts that travel activity can impose on non-users. They will discuss how these tools can be applied in diverse communities and user groups (people with disabilities, low incomes, children, etc.).
  3. Challenges, opportunities and solutions for achieving transportation equity goals.The instructors will use examples from urban, suburban, and rural communities to explore similarities and differences in equity goals, challenges, and solutions between various geographic locations and community types in the United States.
  • The last two hours of each session will be dedicated to a set of interactive exercises led by Todd Litman. These will involve developing design solutions or policy guides identified in the case studies. Participants will work in groups of seven in breakout rooms:
    1. Building consensus for community equity goals. Envisioning an inclusive, fair and affordable community.
    2. Developing evaluation tools and performance indicators for measuring progress toward equity goals.
    3. The roles of multimodal planning and accessible community development in creating more affordable and inclusive transportation systems.
    4. Critical analysis of current planning practices. Understanding structural inequities and reforms for correcting them.

Module III Transit Planning for Equity Outcomes (Mar 1, Mar 8)

  • The Transit Planning for Equity Outcomes course is ideal for transit and transportation practitioners (engineers, planners, etc.), project managers, and public officials who develop, implement, and maintain initiatives of mobility equity. The course provides public transit practitioners and policymakers with an insightful perspective of:
  1. Manifestation of Equity in different phases of Transit Planning
  2. Tools and Methods to measure potential Equity Impacts
  3. Inclusive Engagement Strategies to collaborate with communities to mitigate the impacts and maximize the benefits for Historically Overburdened Communities with Health and Social Inequities
  • During interactive exercises, all participants will have an opportunity to evaluate case studies and collaborate to define strategies to address these equity challenges. Case studies include transit projects focusing on different transit modes (light rail, bus, microtransit, etc.), at different scales (rural, urban, and suburban) and from distinct geographical locations, focusing on underrepresented areas.

If you have any questions or suggestions for additional modules and discussion topics, contact Dr. Mehri “Mehrsa” Mohebbi using mmohebbi@ufl.edu. We are happy to customize modules to meet the needs of your agency. We are eagerly looking forward to seeing you in this course. 

Audience

  • Equitable Mobility and Effective Engagement, Equity and Accessibility-based Approach and Transit Planning for Equity training modules are ideal for transportation professionals, policymakers, engineers, planners, project managers, and public officials who develop, implement, and maintain initiatives of equity in transportation as well as those whose scholarly work may intersect mobility and access in different scales and contexts.  

Cost

Module I | Equitable Mobility and Effective Engagement $375

Module II | Equity and Accessibility-based Approach $475

Module III | Transit Planning for Equity Outcomes $450 

Discounted rates available for groups of 10+, please contact j.masciocchi@ufl.edu for assistance. 

Professional Development Hours (PDH)

Transportation Equity (TE) Certification

  • 16.0 PDH

For more information, visit the Transportation Equity certification page: UFTI Transportation Equity (TE) Certification Program – Transportation Technology Transfer (T2) Center (ufl.edu).