Voices of Environmental Justice Communities: Shaping an Equitable Long-Range Plan

Voices of Environmental Justice Communities: Shaping an Equitable Long-Range Plan

Product No.: 24128
Date Published: 11/2023

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In preparation for an updated long-range plan and associated region-wide environmental justice (EJ) analysis, DVRPC staff sought to engage members of Environmental Justice communities to understand their needs and perceptions of various transportation projects. Staff hosted several paid focus groups in July and August of 2023 to discuss the impact of transportation projects affecting daily life for underserved groups. Participants were selected from a pool of applicants to convene a regionally representative sample of low-income and racial and ethnic minority populations. Engagement was aimed at better understanding the perceptions of regionally funded transportation investments and to solicit feedback on a sample set of projects already funded in the current Board-adopted Plan, Connections 2050.

Geographic Area Covered: The nine-county DVRPC region, which covers the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania; and Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Mercer counties in New Jersey.

Key Words: access, bicycling, Civil Rights Act, communication, community, connectivity, engagement, Environmental Justice, equity, ethnic, focus group, investment, long-range plan, low-income, minority, mitigation, mobility, mode choice, outreach, pedestrian, PPTF, public, public participation, Public Participation Task Force, racial, safety, security, stakeholders, state of repair, Title VI, transit, transportation, walking.

Staff Contact(s)

Project Team

  • Wideleine Desir Public Participation Planner
  • Alison Hastings Associate Director, Communications and Engagement
  • Amani Bey Planner
  • Elise Turner Manager, Office of Communications and Engagement
  • Brett Fusco Associate Director, Comprehensive Planning
  • Shoshana Akins Manager, Public Participation Planning
  • Jaclyn Davis Manager, Office of Long Range Planning
  • Gina Myers Senior Communications Specialist
  • Rebecca Maule Principal Graphic Artist

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Any person who believes they have been aggrieved by an unlawful discriminatory practice by DVRPC under Title VI and/or ADA has a right to file a formal complaint. Any such complaint must be in writing and filed with DVRPC's Title VI Compliance Manager, Alison Hastings, 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 visit: www.dvrpc.org/GetInvolved/TitleVI, call (215) 592-1800, or email public_affairs@dvrpc.org.

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