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Equity Stats

Everyday Equity

Diversity

Having individual and group differences

Inclusion

Being included in a group or structure

Cultural Competence

Working effectively across cultures

 


Equity is

Fair and just access to opportunity for all

A way Metro Transit can enhance its business to help people reach their full potential

The type of community that’s in everyone’s best interest

 

Equity is not

Being nice

Equality

 


Inequities in our region

Our region is one of the best places to live...but not for all.


Factors to consider in delivering Metro Transit services 

Transit customer demographics:
44% are people of color
50% are under age 35
47% have no working automobile
43% have annual household income below $25,000

A potential lost opportunity 

In our region, things are changing rapidly. In 2010, 24% of those living in our region were people of color.  By 2040, about 40% of the region will be people of color.
If we don’t become a more equitable region, in 2040 our region will have… 124,000 fewer people with jobs; 186,000 fewer homeowners; 274,000 more people in poverty $31.8 billion less income

 


How Metro Transit service can influence equity

Our services are essential to helping people reach opportunity.

85.8 million Metro Transit rides in 2015
More than 40% were taken by riders in Areas of Concentrated Poverty where at least half of the residents are people of color.
 
 
But we must keep improving. Although most people have access to transit...
 

67% of working-age residents live within ¾ mile of some form of transit.


...most jobs in the region aren’t accessible in a reasonable (or unreasonable) amount of time.
 
45 minutes
6.5%
are accessible within a 45-minute transit commute
1 hour
12.4% 
are accessible within a 60-minute transit commute
1 hour 30 minutes
29.7%
are accessible within a 90-minute transit commute
Plus, poverty is no longer confined to the inner cities, making it more challenging to serve these communities via transit.


Diversity within Metro Transit

 
Closer to home, our employees are pretty diverse…but less so in the management ranks.
 
However, diversity does not guarantee an equitable work environment.
An equitable work environment helps to retain workers, which saves us money and makes us more successful.

How Metro Transit is addressing equity issues

In 2015, the General Manager formed the Everyday Equity Team to remove barriers to opportunity for Metro Transit employees, customers and community members. In 2016 they will:

1 Engage other employees

2 Test out new ways to do business

3 Evaluate how we are doing on equity

4 Share the story of Metro Transit and equity

5 Recommend ways to move forward on equity


For our region to thrive, we need to refocus the thinking:it’s not THEIR problem, it’s OUR problem.

For more information about Everyday Equity, contact Allison Bell at 612-349-7672 or Allison.bell@metrotransit.org.