Academic lead: Antonio Páez, McMaster University
Partner lead: Michael Hain, City of Toronto
A2WG will develop, analyse, and compare equity standards rooted in the sufficientarian and capability frameworks of transport justice. The findings will reveal how thresholds should be defined, and whether and how they should be varied across different modal mixes, sociodemographic groups, and geographic areas, as informed by research from the TWGs. Few established models of equity standards have incorporated operational or real-time data in examining transportation service levels (Palm, Shalaby, et al., 2020), so this work will innovate by developing and examining equity standards by time of day and season, using real-time data streams. This is useful to understand the effects of, for example, time of day on acceptable crowding and time of year on sufficient bus wait-times.
A2WG will co-create standards for transportation resources with partner agencies and municipalities by testing the relationships between transport provision (supply and performance) and revealed activity participation, social and economic outcomes, and self-stated levels wellbeing and suppressed demand for travel.
Decision-support tools will be developed, tested, and disseminated to allow project partners, advocates, and the public to use the equity standards to evaluate and advocate for local transportation projects and plans. Tools will be open-sourced and platform agnostic, recognizing the diversity of needs and capabilities of their intended government and public users. The working group will beta-test tools in collaboration with TWG3 to support community input into design and to encourage uptake by advocacy groups.
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