One focus of the Dukakis Center’s transportation research is on the diversity of transit-rich neighborhoods (TRNs), the symbiotic relationship between diverse neighborhoods and successful transit, and patterns of neighborhood change in TRNs. Our research has found that transit investment can sometimes lead to undesirable forms of neighborhood change. Understanding the mechanisms behind such neighborhood change can, however, allow policymakers, planners and advocates to implement policies and programs designed to produce more equitable patterns of neighborhood change.
In addition to producing a report on Maintaining Diversity In America’s Transit-Rich Neighborhoods: Tools for Equitable Neighborhood Change, we also created an online Policy Toolkit for Equitable Transit-Rich Neighborhoods which presents information on a variety of polity tools that are increasingly available and in use across the country to shape equitable neighborhood change in transit-rich neighborhoods and ensure that the many benefits of transit investment are shared by all.
The report, the toolkit and the underlying data can all be found on our TRN Equity website.