Session No. 7C

Equity in Transportation 

Pulling from three perspectives (transit, regional planning, and the private sector), panelists will discuss the intersections of transportation planning/engineering and equity.

Moderator: Kristy Carter, AICP, Traffic Planning and Design, Inc.           

Transportation Equity Analysis     

  • Thom Stead, Senior Transportation Planner, Office of Transit, Bicycle, and Pedestrian Planning, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission  

Transportation Equity in Planning  

  • Leah Kacanda, Senior Planner, Whitman, Requardt & Associates, LLP    


Thom Stead has nearly a decade of experience in the transportation planning profession. He works on an array of mobility focused projects ranging from regional level transportation equity analysis to the design and implementation of quick-build bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure pilots. He holds a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.  

Leah Kacanda is a certified planner with 10 years of planning, policy, and design experience. A regular bike commuter with a background in urban planning, her passion is integrating active transportation projects with locally driven community revitalization initiatives and placemaking. Kacanda is a senior planner with Whitman, Requardt & Associates, LLP. She holds degrees from Philadelphia University (now Jefferson) and a Masters in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware. Kacanda led the development of Montgomery County’s Trail Access, Diversity, and Awareness Plan, which was developed out of a desire to ensure that the county’s trail network is accessible to all who wish to use it, whether for recreation or transportation.




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Dec. 10, 2021

10:00 to 11:15 a.m.



The Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference (TESC) attracts professionals from throughout Pennsylvania, the mid-Atlantic region, and the country. It is an authoritative source of information on pressing issues from some of the foremost experts in transportation today.

Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute

201 Transportation Research Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4710

Phone: 814-865-1891