MPO Environmental Justice Analysis, Columbus, Ohio

Federal Highway Administration
Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) around the country have begun developing methodologies to assess the impacts of their transportation plans and planning processes on low-income and minority populations. One such agency is the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), the MPO for the greater Columbus, Ohio region. In January 2000, MORPC convened a task force to develop a process intended to assess and ensure compliance of the agency's transportation planning efforts with environmental justice requirements of Title VI. This process contained four key steps: identify and map locations of low-income and minority populations; identify transportation needs of target populations; document and evaluate the agency's public involvement process; and quantitatively assess benefits and burdens of transportation plans with respect to target populations. The analysis was published in a draft Environmental Justice Report released in March 2000.
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