Phase I – Executive Summary

Morgan State University (MSU), in cooperation with the Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) and the Greater Baltimore Urban League (GBUL), propose a cooperative approach to identify and analyze transportation-related environmental justice issues in the Baltimore metropolitan area. This proposal is being submitted by the National Transportation Center at Morgan State University on behalf of the project team.The goal of the project is to develop a community-driven process for identifying and analyzing the impact of transportation operations and policies on population subgroups. Results of the proposed study will also be used to help determine the need to develop new tools or techniques for EJ analyses and provide a basis for elevating the use of equity analysis as a conventional metropolitan transportation planning technique.

The proposed time-line for the work associated with this research analysis is October 1, 2002 to September 30, 2004. The project design will occur in the following three phases:

1) Conduct a community-based, community driven needs analysis,

2) Develop an analytical tool and/or approach to better integrate EJ analysis into the metropolitan transportation planning process and

3) Encourage replication through community meetings, technology transfer and academic curriculum applications.

GBUL will co-lead the community participation components as part of Phase I of the proposed project. This will include a series of stakeholder listening sessions to identify area residents’ EJ concerns related to transportation and air quality. To work towards resolving issues identified in Phase I, the National Transportation Center will conduct a literature review of the tools and approaches employed by other organizations involved in EJ work efforts. The Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) will lead any modification, customization and/or base-line development of an effective analytical approach that addresses environmental justice-related community needs. In conjunction with BMC’s work, the National Transportation Center will conduct alternative EJ scenario testing in a laboratory environment. Also, the National Transportation Center will take the lead in the Phase III replication and dissemination of project findings.