Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and the Executive Order on Environmental Justice ( #12898 ) do not provide specific guidance to evaluate EJ issues within a region's transportation planning process. Therefore, MPOs must devise their own methods for ensuring that EJ issues are investigated and evaluated in transportation decision-making. In 2001, DVRPC developed an EJ technical assessment to identify direct and disparate impacts of its plans, programs, and planning processes on defined population groups in the Delaware Valley region. This assessment, the Indicators of Potential Disadvantage (IPD), is utilized in a variety of DVRPC plans and programs. DVRPC currently assesses the following population groups, defined by the U.S. Census Bureau:
This site is intended to be a resource for DVRPC staff and residents of the nine-county Greater Philadelphia region. As part of DVRPC's work in meeting Environmental Justice (EJ) and Title VI non-discrimination requirements, a methodology was created, and refined in subsequent years, to identify populations that may be adversely affected by transportation and regional planning decisions. Each population group identified may have specific planning-related challenges to address in DVRPC plans and programs.
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act states that "no person in the United States, shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. Environmental Justice is defined by the federal government as, "the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies."
For additional information on DVRPC's EJ program and acitivities, visit:
Title VI and Environmental Justice
View the latest EJ publication:
Environmental Justice at DVRPC - FY2014
Public Participation Planner
Office of Communications and Engagement
This web page is a public resource of general information. The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) makes no warranty, representation, or guarantee as to the content, sequence, accuracy, timeliness, or completeness of any of the spatial data or database information provided herein. DVRPC and partner state, local, and other agencies shall assume no liability for errors, omissions, or inaccuracies in the information provided regardless of how caused; or any decision made or action taken or not taken by any person relying on any information or data furnished within.
The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) fully complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, Executive Order 12898 on Environmental Justice, and related nondiscrimination statutes and regulations in all programs and activities. DVRPC' website, www.dvrpc.org, may be translated into multiple languages. Publications and other public documents can be made available in alternative languages and formats, if requested. DVRPC public meetings are always held in ADA-accessible facilities and in transit-accessible locations when possible. Auxiliary services can be provided to individuals who submit a request at least seven days prior to a meeting. Requests made within seven days will be accommodated to the greatest extent possible. Any person who believes they have been aggrieved by an unlawful discriminatory practice by DVRPC under Title VI has a right to file a formal complaint. Any such complaint may be in writing and filed with DVRPC's Title VI Compliance Manager and/or the appropriate state or federal agency within 180 days of the alleged discriminatory occurrence. For more information on DVRPC's Title VI program, or to obtain a Title VI Complaint Form, please call (215) 592-1800 or email email@example.com.
Viewing Census Tract Information:
Click on the map to view census tract level information,including: IPD scores, population, household and IPD demographic percentages in a table below the map.
Use the "draw a polygon" or "draw a rectangle" from the tool bar to select a group of tracts; to remove the box simply click on the tool again.
Click the "Track" number for a detailed 2011-2015 ACS 5-year Estimate data profile provide by the U.S. Census Bureau for that census tract.
DVRPC identifies eight demographic groups to make up the Indicators of Potential Disadvantage (IPD) analysis:
This population group includes the following ACS racial categories: Black or African American alone, American Indian and Alaska Native alone, Asian alone, Native
This population is often referred to as "transit dependent," i.e., those who must rely on public transit for their daily travel needs and who may have limited mobility. It is recognized that not owning a personal automobile may be a lifestyle choice for some, but for others automobile ownership is unattainable due to various constraints, including income or disability.
Since poverty is defined at the family level and not the household level, the poverty status of the household is determined by the poverty status of the householder. Households are classified as poor when the total income of the householder's family is below the appropriate poverty threshold, which was established in the Office of Management and Budget's Statistical Policy Directive No. 14 and is adjusted for inflation.
This factor was chosen to add gender and children into the analysis, as well as to acknowledge the strong correlation between female heads of household with child and poverty status. In addition, this group may exhibit different travel patterns and needs than other population groups.
Mobility barriers and age are linked. Not every elderly individual has mobility challenges, but the likelihood of a challenge increases as an individual ages. Seniors aged 75 years qualify for most, if not all, mobility programs that have an age requirement.
Though often included in many minority definitions, Hispanic is an ethnicity, not a racial category. Hispanics are defined by the U.S. Census as "persons of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race."
It is assumed that an inability to speak and understand English well can be a barrier to accessing goods and services, including transportation. In addition, identifying these populations and their locations is important to DVRPC's outreach efforts, particularly in assessing the need to make the agency's publications and written materials available in additional languages.
ACS uses several questions and data sources to try to capture six aspects of disability - hearing, vision, cognition, ambulation, difficulty bathing and dressing, and difficulty performing errands such as shopping - which can be used together to create an overall disability measure. Individuals with different ability levels have different travel patterns and needs.