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During its latest Environmental Justice Analysis, the Transportation Planning Board approved a methodology identifying " Equity Emphasis Areas " with
high concentrations of minority and low-income populations throughout the Washington, DC, USA region.

these changes and provides for enough update to
the source demographic data.
3.	 Promote and make data available to give
them life. Plan to make data available to
interested audiences, and provide resources like
mapping, summary data tables, and examples
of applicability.
The TPB also urges considerations of the following
enhancements and limitations:
1.	 Data are one of many ways to consider
equity. Efforts like EEAs and region-scale
Environmental Justice analysis are enhanced with
comprehensive stakeholder outreach and engagement. Qualitative research provides a greater
richness and depth, especially on understanding the needs and challenges of disadvantaged
populations, to what one may ascertain strictly
through quantitative analysis.
2.	 Concentration and thresholds have their
limitations. While thresholds have use in
region-wide environmental justice and other geospatial analyses, by design they do not consider

the location of all individuals that identify in that
transportation disadvantaged population group
and should not be used to assume impacts for all
individuals in that group.
Equity has been an important policy priority for
the TPB since its founding, recognizing that past
actions have been exclusionary or have had a disparate
impact on people of color and marginalized communities. MPOs and similar-type transportation agencies
looking to advance and improve region-specific equity
considerations throughout their policy, planning, and
programming responsibilities can consider implementing Equity Emphasis Areas, a transferable strategy. For
additional information visit www.mwcog.org/equityemphasisareas. itej

References
1.	 Transportation Planning Board. July 22, 2020.
" Resolution R1-2021 - Resolution to Establish
Equity as a Fundamental Value and Integral
Part of all Transportation Planning Board's
Work Activities. "
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