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FHWA Releases New Environmental Justice (EJ) Publications

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The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released two new environmental justice (EJ) resources:

The first publication provides information on national demographic trends and notable EJ analysis practices to help transportation practitioners better understand and respond to rapid community change, while improving methods to meaningfully involve EJ populations in transportation decision making. The research highlights strategies to accelerate project delivery using innovative data-driven approaches and equity analysis methods to support economic growth and improve quality of life. Listen to the webinar held in January on this resource.

The second publication details the state of the practice among state departments of transportation and metropolitan planning organizations regarding how these agencies consider and address EJ concerns in their transportation planning and programming process. The report chronicles commonly applied techniques and emerging new approaches for conducting EJ assessments. It is organized around these focus areas: identifying and engaging EJ populations; understanding EJ populations' needs; assessing benefits and burdens of proposed transportation plans; determining whether transportation plans may result in disproportionately high and adverse effects on EJ populations and deploying strategies to address such effects. The report concludes with overarching best practices: integrating EJ analyses with plans and programs and using EJ analyses to support decision making.

A complementary case study, Using Social Media to Reach Environmental Justice Communities, was also released by the Center for Environmental Excellence, AASHTO (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials).