2020 CTS Transportation Research Conference—Opening Panel Discussion: Addressing Minnesota’s Transportation Inequities and Disparities

About the Session

The COVID-19 pandemic and the death of George Floyd have brought new attention to racial inequities and disparities in many sectors of our society, including transportation. The transportation system helps provide connection (to family, friends, colleagues, faith) and access (to jobs, health care, education, food), but it does not meet these critical needs equally for all people.

Before we discuss how transportation can and should transform to address these disparities, we must first acknowledge where we have been and where we are today. What are our values and hopes for what will change about the transportation system and what will stay the same? This panel discussion aimed to bring those values and hopes to the forefront, so they may guide us as we strive to make Minnesota’s transportation system more equitable for all.


  • Gina Baas, Associate Director, Engagement and Education, Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota
  • Kathy Quick, Associate Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota


  • Tawanna Black, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Center for Economic Inclusion
  • Yingling Fan, Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
  • Jason Hollinday, Co-chair, Advocacy Council for Tribal Transportation and Director of Planning, Fond du Lac Reservation
  • Theresa Thompson Nix, Field Manager, Move Minnesota
  • Charlie Zelle, Chair, Metropolitan Council