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OFFICE OF RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, AND TECHNOLOGY AT THE TURNER-FAIRBANK HIGHWAY RESEARCH CENTER

Addressing Changing Demographics in Environmental Justice Analysis, State of Practice

Project Information

Project ID:
FHWA-PROJ-17-0035
Project Abstract:

This report documents how metropolitan planning organizations (MPO), State departments of transportation (DOT), and other transportation agencies are adapting environmental Justice (EJ) analysis techniques to understand transportation impacts in communities undergoing rapid demographic change. The report also highlights national demographic trends, showing significant change in the size and location of low-income and minority households. These changes are documented in a series of State- and county-level maps demonstrating absolute and percent change in minority populations, low-income populations and limited English proficiency populations between the 1990-2010 decennial census periods. Based on the state of practice review, the report also highlights strategies for addressing changing demographics in EJ analysis and provides five case studies that document best practices from State DOTs and MPOs in areas undergoing rapid demographic change. Practices highlighted in this report offer practitioners improved methods for understanding and responding to demographic change in EJ communities across the lifecycle of a transportation action.

Project Status:
Completed
Project Funding Amount (Contract Award Amount):
$171,993.00
Start Date:
End Date:
Public Access Plan:
Yes
Grant/Contract ID:
  • DTFH6117D00010
  • Order 0004
FHWA Program Area:
  • Planning, Environment, and Realty
  • Policy
  • Safety
FHWA AMRP Program:
  • Planning for Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety, Connectivity, and Multimodal Mobility, including for Underserved Communities
FHWA Activity:
  • Human Factors
Project Outputs:

Report completed in Winter 2019

Project Outcomes/Impact:

Project provided resources for State DOTs and MPOs to use when considering environmental justice populations in travel demand modeling and other long range planning efforts.

Contact Information

Team:
Livability Team
Office:
Office of Human Environment
Office Code:
HEPH-10

Management Organizations

Sponsor Organization

Organization Role:
Sponsor Organization
Organization:
Federal Highway Administration: Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty - Office of Human Environment
Contact Role:
Project Lead

Managing Organization

Organization Role:
Sponsor Organization
Organization:
Federal Highway Administration: Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty - Office of Human Environment
Contact Role:
Project Lead

Performing Organization

Organization Role:
Sponsor Organization
Organization:
Federal Highway Administration: Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty - Office of Human Environment
Contact Role:
Project Lead

Deliverables