Friday Transportation Seminar: Can Ridehailing Deliver Equity? Lessons for New Mobility Planning

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Friday, May 31, 2019, 11:30am to 12:30pm PDT
Anne Brown, University of Oregon
Karl Miller Center at PSU, 615 SW Harrison St., Room 465
PDH: 1 | AICP: 1

Friday Transportation Seminars at Portland State University have been a tradition since 2000. With the start of 2019, we're changing it up a bit! The seminar will be delivered 11:30 am (sharp) - 12:30 pm, with additional discussion over coffee and donuts afterwards. You can also watch online.


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Modes including ridehailing, bikeshare, and e-scooters offer the potential to revolutionize how people travel. But as cities and agencies work to integrate these new services into the existing transportation landscape, the equity implications of these modes remain murky.

This talk presents research on ridehail travel and equity from Los Angeles and compares the equity outcomes of ridehailing to the previous status quo embodied by taxis. The research highlights both the promise of new mobility services and the remaining obstacles to delivering equitable access. Findings yields implications for policies that cities and planners can advance to ensure that new travel modes boost mobility for all, not just some, travelers.


  • Ridehail services extend car access to neighborhoods previously excluded by taxi services.
  • Ridehailing nearly eliminates the stark racial discrimination that occurs on taxis.
  • Banking and smartphone access remain critical barriers to shared mobility access.
  • Equity-first goals, clear metrics, and data are needed to deliver equitable access to new mobility.


Learn more about the research referenced in this presentation:


Anne Brown, University of Oregon

Anne Brown is an Assistant Professor in the School of Planning, Public Policy, and Management at the University of Oregon. Her research examines equity, shared and innovative mobility, travel behavior, and transportation finance.


This 60-minute seminar is eligible for 1 hour of professional development credit for AICP (see our provider summary). We provide an electronic attendance certificate for other types of certification maintenance.


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The Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University is home to the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI), and other transportation programs. TREC produces research and tools for transportation decision makers, develops K-12 curriculum to expand the diversity and capacity of the workforce, and engages students and young professionals through education.