What are Transportation ACES?
Access, Climate and Economic Security
TACES is designing and hosting three regional climate equity frameworks that embed equity in transportation decision making. Primarily, TACES will explore and test program planning decisions that lead to the best climate, accessibility, and affordability outcomes.
The first two projects are underway
- the Saanich e-bike equity program and
- an exploration of safety and CRD trail use by women and non-binary residents
Did you know?
Transportation is the biggest source of climate pollution in the Capital Region, primarily from passenger vehicles. At the same time, transportation is the second-largest household cost after shelter, greatly affecting affordability in our region.
That's why a just transition to a green economy is so crucial.
A Just Transition
Transportation ACES brings together individuals and organizations with expertise in climate, transportation, and equity to develop ideas on how to ensure that climate action in transportation addresses both equity and a just transition.
“The Planning Department, Sustainability Division has been collaborating closely with the Community Social Planning Council on their [TACES] program, and has benefitted from their input on climate-friendly transportation program design.
Their expertise in calculating regional living wages, administering low-income public transit programs and convening participatory research with community-based organizations makes them extremely well-placed to advance regional conversation on climate equity in transportation.”
– District of Saanich, Sustainability Division
“We support more community engagement to embed equity in climate action, particularly around transportation. We are able to bring the perspectives of immigrants, refugees, new Canadian citizens, and visible minorities into this project (with living wage honoraria).
We hope to see projects like this shaping the COVID 19 recovery and encourage you to support this important work.”
“I see the need for more engagement of diverse cultural and race perspectives in the design of climate action in transportation and consider this work to be important.
Too often the perspective of low-income individuals and those from BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and immigrant refugee identities are not represented in climate action and well-intentioned program design ends up reinforcing existing inequities.
I encourage you to support the Community Council in its ongoing work to bridge social and environmental perspectives on climate action with community engagement, well-informed tools and propagating best practices.”
– Ruth Mojeed, The Inclusion Project
“Transport equity and mobility justice are essential considerations for any transportation program, and an area of increasing focus for the public and decision-makers. This is particularly true for sustainable transportation strategies, and more focus on equity is needed in climate action plans.
The transportation sector is a major contributor of global air pollutants and transport system access is a significant factor affecting household incomes and expenditures, along with considerations such as childcare and health services. I look forward to seeing the Saanich E-bike project move forward and collaborating with Saanich and the Community Social Planning Council on monitoring and evaluation.”
– Alexander Bigazzi, Associate Professor, UBC