In my experience, the freight planning process usually includes little if any community involvement or consideration of environmental health. Many states have freight planning committees, but they are usually composed primarily of industry representatives, and few include environmental health advocates in their membership.
The situation is often the same at the Metropolitan Planning Organization level.
California is an exception, with Penny Newman of the MFN organization Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice on the California Freight Advisory Committee.
What is the situation in your state? Are environmental health advocates included in the freight advisory group? It they aren’t, they should be!
To get an understanding of how the state freight planners see the process, join today’s webinar. I’ll be on it.
If you can’t participate in the Webinar, download the information sheets linked below, and the presentation on Draft Highway Primary Freight Network,