Public Health Assessment of Transportation Projects

Federal planning requirements dictate that state DOTs prepare 20-year statewide long-range transportation plans. In addition, MAP-21 requires that plans be performance-based, utilizing performance measures data for several categories including operations, safety, and air quality. However, performance-based assessment of transportation policies, programs, projects, and operations as they relate to many determinants of public health, especially the social determinants of health, is often missing. There is a need to identify health metrics and tools/frameworks that can be used to assess the health impact for any type of transportation project/initiative. The main objectives of this project are: 1) to identify available tools, decision-making processes, data, and performance measures that can be readily used by MassDOT to assess the impact of transportation projects on health outcomes, and 2) to identify and geocode existing datasets, develop performance measures, and incorporate them in a prototype spreadsheet to be used for decision-making and planning processes for transportation projects statewide.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $166498
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    Massachusetts Division
    55 Broadway, 10th Floor
    Cambridge, Massachusetts  United States  02142
  • Managing Organizations:

    Massachusetts Department of Transportation

    10 Park Plaza
    Boston, MA  United States  02116
  • Project Managers:

    Sherman, Gabriel B.

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Massachusetts, Amherst

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    130 Natural Resources Road
    Amherst, MA  United States  01003
  • Principal Investigators:

    Christofa, Eleni

    Goins, Karin

    Lemon, Stephenie

    Pollitt, Krystal

  • Start Date: 20180815
  • Expected Completion Date: 20200331
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: Research and Development

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01688449
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Massachusetts Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 104038
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 14 2018 9:35AM