The Access to Opportunities Initiative is an interdisciplinary research project that focuses on how transportation connects people to economic and social opportunities. Experts from various UCLA departments — urban planning, health policy, Chicano studies, medicine, public policy, public health, and social welfare — delve into the specific role that transportation plays in helping people reach essential destinations in jobs, healthcare, and education.
Why Is It Important?
Because transportation resources are inequitable in their distribution among people and neighborhoods, many people face disparities in access — the ease of reaching essential destinations — that hinder their outcomes in life. This initiative seeks to create a greater understanding of this concept, how it’s determined, and most importantly, what can be done to increase access to opportunity, especially among underserved populations.