Poster: Environmental Justice and Regional Transportation Accessibility

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
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Transportation accessibility is a key component of the vision, goals, and objectives of the Grand Valley Metropolitan Council’s 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). It is also a federal priority, expressed as one of the eight planning factors required by surface transportation legislation: Increase the accessibility and mobility options available to people and for freight. To help promote the implementation of these accessibility-related goals, objectives, and priorities, an analysis was performed to assess regional access to roadway, transit, and nonmotorized transportation networks, as well as accessibility to key destinations - hospitals, community colleges and universities, and employment centers - via these transportation systems. The analysis utilized GIS software and placed special emphasis on measuring accessibility for minority and low-income environmental justice (EJ) populations in an effort to make EJ considerations increasingly meaningful in the regional planning process. This assessment was a first step in an ongoing process involving coordination with transit and community agencies and forming a foundation for performance-based planning. A poster presentation illustrating analysis objectives, methodology, and outcomes will engage participants with lessons learned and opportunities and challenges associated with performing accessibility analyses and leveraging analysis results to affect increased regional coordination and targeted improvements to the transportation system.

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Speakers

Laurel Joseph , Grand Rapids , MI (see bio)