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East-West Gateway asks ‘Is the transportation system meeting your needs?’

East-West Gateway wants to hear from you: Is the transportation system in the region meeting your needs? What improvements can be made to make the system more equitable by serving the needs of all residents in the region?

To inform the update to the regional goals, decision-making process, and scoring criteria that are part of the long-range transportation plan, EWG is conducting an equity analysis of transportation investments that have been made in the region.

Interested community members and stakeholders can learn more about the equity analysis at a virtual open house now through Nov. 4, 2022. Visit the open house and provide feedback at www.ewgateway.org/equity-openhouse.

The accompanying Where We Stand table shows that the St. Louis region has one of the largest gaps, ranking 12th among the peer regions, between the percent of White households that do not have a vehicle and the percent of Black households that do not have a vehicle. In a region where, at the most, a person can reach about one-third of jobs by transit within a 60-minute commute, not having a vehicle can be a barrier to economic stability and access to necessities as well as opportunities.

In addition to people of racial minority, there are several other population groups for whom not having a vehicle may present challenges, including those with a disability, those with limited English proficiency, those with low incomes, and those aged 65 years and older. These populations are the focus of the equity analysis and are referred to as the transportation equity populations (TEPs).

Since 1992, East-West Gateway Council of Governments (EWG) has produced Where We Stand (WWS) to ignite discussion and help guide decision-making on a range of topics important to the region. The WWS series presents rankings for St. Louis among the 50 most populous metropolitan areas in the United States. Access more tables, data, and reports in the Where We Stand series at www.ewgateway.org/wws.

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