CBCF Addresses the Future of Transportation in the Black Community

New research publication from the CPAR Transportation Equity Program

WASHINGTON The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) today released a report examining transportation challenges affecting the Black community. The report analyzes issues related to access, sustainability, and safety and identifies policies that provide a pathway toward an equitable future.

“For over 100 years, Black folks have gotten into “good trouble” to fight against inequitable transportation systems, which have continually been used to control movement,” said Regan F. Patterson, CBCF transportation equity research fellow. “While emerging mobility options offer new ways to get around, policies must be in place to ensure these rapidly advancing mobility technologies are deployed in ways that equitably address mobility in the Black community.”

The U.S. transportation system is being transformed by three rapidly evolving and emerging mobility options: shared mobility, electric vehicles, and autonomous vehicles. Shared mobility services and electric vehicles are already changing the transportation landscape. For instance, 84 million bike share and scooter share trips were taken in 2018. Autonomous, or self-driving, vehicles are set to disrupt the existing transportation sector. This report explores these mobility options and their equitably benefit the Black community or, if they will perpetuate and exacerbate transportation inequities.

The CBCF Center for Policy Analysis and Research (CPAR) identifies, analyzes, and disseminates policies and policy-related information critical to the economic independence, quality education, and health equity of African Americans.

The CPAR Transportation Equity program conducts policy analysis and research as it relates to transportation, sustainability, and equity. This program is supported by State Farm.

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About the CBCF

Established in 1976, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) is a non-partisan, nonprofit, public policy, research and educational institute committed to advancing the global black community by developing leaders, informing policy and educating the public. For more information, visit

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Dr. Erica Southerland

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