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NPA examines the impacts of transportation and goods movement projects and policies on minority, low-income, and other specific population groups. These findings support policy makers in their decisions. For further information on any of these NPA projects, please contact us.


SOCIAL EQUITY ANALYSIS METHOD FOR TRANSPORTATION PLANS NPA is part of a team of consultants developing a method and tool for California’s Metropolitan Planning Organizations to conduct social equity analysis for Regional Transportation Plans and Sustainable Communities Strategies (RTP/SCS). The team is led by Cambridge Systematics and is working closely with the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), which coordinates a statewide Technical Working Group.  NPA is helping to identify the social equity and environmental justice analysis methods currently in use by the state’s transportation planning agencies, so that they can be incorporated into a standard methodology and tool.


EQUITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE ADVISOR TO ALAMEDA COUNTY NPA provides equity and environmental justice services to the Alameda County Transportation Commission in the San Francisco Bay Area as part of a public outreach team led by Frank Wilson & Associates for a project to implement express lanes on I-580 near Livermore, CA.


SBI-10-corridorMapEQUITY STUDY FOR SAN BERNARDINO EXPRESS LANES NPA analyzed the effects on low-income drivers of proposed express (high-occupancy/toll) lanes on I-10 and I-15 in San Bernardino County for the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG). The study found that the express lanes generally would not leave low-income travelers worse off. This finding helped support the SANBAG Board members in voting to continue study of the express lane alternative. Low-income drivers might have difficulty opening and maintaining transponder accounts, and the study recommended adoption of policies to address these potential impacts. The findings were based on analysis of local demographic data, traffic modeling results, revenue and funding plans, and value of time savings. The findings were also presented to three Corridor Advisory Groups consisting of community members convened by SANBAG.

ExpressLaneMapEQUITY STUDY FOR CENTRAL LOS ANGELES COUNTY EXPRESS LANES NPA analyzed the effects on low-income commuters of a proposed congestion reduction demonstration project for high-occupancy/toll (HOT) lanes, called ExpressLanes, on portions of the I-10 and I-110 freeways in Los Angeles County. The study was done for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in accordance with the requirements of the authorizing state legislation. The study’s findings supported the MTA Board in approving the demonstration project and implementing an Equity Plan for low-income households, the first of its kind. Within the County, as of early 2014, 4,400 households had signed up for these account subsidies, enabling them to enjoy the advantages of the ExpressLanes when needed.

OCI-405CostaMesaENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE ADVISOR TO ORANGE COUNTY I-405 PROJECT NPA serves as a strategic advisor on environmental justice to a team led by Simon Wong Engineering/Kleinfelder, Inc., providing public outreach services to the Orange County Transportation Authority for the I-405 Improvement Project between Costa Mesa and the Los Angeles County line.


EQUITY STUDY FOR NORTH LOS ANGELES COUNTY EXPRESS LANES NPA analyzed the effects on low-income commuters of proposed high-occupancy/toll (HOT) lanes on a portion of the I-5 freeway near Santa Clarita in North Los Angeles County. This project was part of a group of projects known as the Accelerated Regional Transportation Improvements, or ARTI. The study was done for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). The study found that low-income commuters could be better off with implementation of the HOT lane due to substantial expected time savings in the general purpose lanes. The use of tolls as a finance mechanism would bring these benefits to the corridor 15-20 years sooner than without tolling. The study recommended that the provisions of the Equity Plan developed for the I-10 and I-110 ExpressLanes project also be implemented for the I-5 HOT lanes, in order to address potential burdens of transponder accounts on low-income households.


ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE ANALYSIS FOR THE I-710 (SOUTH) CORRIDOR PROJECT NPA provides environmental justice analysis for the Project EIR/EIS for the I-710 (South) Corridor Project for Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and other project partners (as sub to URS Corporation and LSA Associates). The analysis methodology was developed by NPA to be responsive to federal and state law and policy on environmental justice, as well as to community concerns with the potential impacts of project alternatives. The environmental justice analysis is included in the Community Impact Analysis section of the 2012 Draft EIR/EIS.

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