Partnering with the Community to Define Transportation Equity


Runta News-Seattle  

A key part of our work at the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is to make sure people have access to safe, affordable and environmentally sustainable transportation options. In Seattle, transportation is the second highest household cost after housing. Communities at risk of displacement bear the brunt of transportation inequities. In alignment with the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative goals, SDOT established a Transportation Equity Program in 2017 and is focused on leading with a racial equity framework.

To address these inequities, SDOT is establishing its first Transportation Equity Workgroup and applications are now open.

SDOT is looking to bring together a group of individuals affiliated with community-based organizations, coalitions, or networks from Seattle’s diverse communities to support SDOT with developing a shared definition of what transportation is, specifically communities impacted most by transportation disparities. The workgroup will collaborate through facilitated engagement for one-year in the development of a Transportation Equity Agenda.

SDOT will be hosting an information session on Thursday, January 31, 1 – 3 PM at Rainier Beach Library (9125 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118) where interested applicants can learn more and ask SDOT staff questions.

If you’re interested in applying or looking for more information, learn more at You can apply online now through February 22, 5:30 PM.

 Seattle Department of Transportation’s mission is to deliver a high-quality transportation system for Seattle.