Having individual and group differences
Being included in a group or structure
Working effectively across cultures
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
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:
A potential lost opportunity
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.
are accessible within a 45-minute
are accessible within a 60-minute
are accessible within a 90-minute
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.firstname.lastname@example.org.