Equity and Access Analysis
Innovate Mobility’s approach is not to look at transit dependency as a potential for ridership growth but to instead look at whether services are provided equitably. Our Mobility Vulnerability Index (MVI) takes a number of these socio-economic indicators and weights them based upon historical information to determine what portions of the service area will most be impacted by changes to the public transit system. These indicators are placed into three categories: Mobility, Housing, and Education. The three categories are then weighted, and each census block group is then ranked on a scale of 0-100 on how vulnerable they are to mobility changes.
After calculating the MVI across a region, we can measure travel time to the most popular trip generators for vulnerable population and compare it to other areas. Our MVI information can be used to determine impacts of congestion and where the community has education and food deserts, and we can ensure that the voices of these communities are heard throughout the projects we work on.
The MVI illustrates the concentration of communities and individuals who are more vulnerable to changes in transportation so that transit agencies can connect with these communities directly to ensure they provide proper feedback on any service changes.