Transportation and Mobility Justice: Race, Class and Gender Intersections in the United States

Transportation and mobility justice scholarship has emerged in recent years in response to long-standing inequalities in access to different kinds of transportation choices. From barriers related to economic issues, disabilities, or challenges linked to harassment or discrimination, research continues to demonstrate that transportation systems, broadly speaking, do not meet the needs of all people in the same manner. This research presentation will draw from multiple qualitative case studies in the United States to demonstrate how limitations in transportation choice can restrict mobility. Case studies will highlight barriers linked to race, class, gender, and disability in order to advocate for the ongoing need to theorize around mobility justice, in particular through taking into account how larger structural dynamics of oppression impact the freedom of movement experienced by various demographic groups.