Section I- Background

In 2017, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) established the Transportation Equity Program with the purpose of providing safe, accessible, affordable, and environmentally sustainable transportation options to people experiencing disproportionate transportation equity outcomes such as higher costs, greater wait times, and access to transit options.

Within the program, SDOT also created a Transportation Equity Workgroup (TEW) to provide a set of recommendations to be considered in the development of a Transportation Equity Agenda, a framework for transportation equity goals and priorities.

The TEW consists of 10 compensated community members from marginalized communities. For over a year, the group has met monthly to help develop recommendations for solutions to eliminate racially disparate outcomes related to transportation in Seattle.

Thus far, the TEW has drafted a set of community-guided suggestions to inform SDOT’s transportation equity goals. Throughout the summer of 2020, we will be reaching out to community members to get feedback on our draft recommendations. Due to the physical distancing requirements of COVID-19, our methods of engagement had to shift to online surveys and online focus groups to ensure the safety of our communities.

Once all the feedback has been gathered and incorporated into the recommendations, we will then develop a Transportation Equity Agenda in partnership with key city agencies. Purpose of Survey: The purpose of this survey is to share and get feedback for the draft recommendations regarding how to make the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) more equitable. This survey covers all eight equity topics:

  • Community Engagement & Participation
  • Transparency & Decision-Making
  • Mobility & Transportation Options
  • Infrastructure, Planning & Maintenance
  • Transit Access
  • Safety
  • Economic Development
  • Land Use, Housing & Displacement

The survey should take 15-20 minutes to complete.

We greatly appreciate your time to share your thoughts and feedback. The first 60 survey participants will receive a $25 gift certificate. Please make sure to provide us with your contact information at the end of the survey so we can follow up with you if you are selected!



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