Framework to Address Equity and Environmental Justice in Transportation Noise Analysis

Focus Area



Environmental Process






2-3 years

Research Idea Scope

The objective of the proposed research is to develop a framework for addressing broader issues related to equity, environmental justice, and other community impacts in the State DOT traffic noise analysis process.  The scope of the proposed research is intended to address all phases of the traffic noise analysis process including policy development, analysis procedures, and implementation of abatement activities.  The following activities are anticipated: 1) review of relevant literature, including cost burden, health impacts, equity issues, and other topics; 2) identify methods, tools, and techniques used for addressing equity and community impacts of traffic noise; 3) suggest a framework for revisions or updates to current traffic noise analysis requirements that can adequately address equity and related concerns; and 4) inventory tools or techniques that can be used to identify locations where noise mitigation may be justified to address equity-related impacts.

Urgency and Payoff

State DOTs are being asked to determine ways to repair historical inequities in transportation investments.  There are currently no mechanisms in place to identify locations where EJ groups have carried a disproportionate share of the burden of traffic noise and to determine appropriate mitigation for these locations.  A compilation of information on the impact of traffic noise with specific consideration for EJ and other under-served communities would be helpful to assist State DOTs in this important task.

Suggested By

Benjamin Sperry

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