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Reduce Vehicle Miles Traveled (in post-COVID-19 economy) for Improving Health Equity

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While the number of cars on the road during Shelter in Place is down, local jurisdictions are still moving forward this month to comply with the state’s directive (SB 743) to evaluate environmental impacts using a more sustainable, healthier metric. Rather than measuring how much travel delay a project will generate, the new metric is to measure how many vehicle miles travelled (VMT) a project will generate.  As with many transportation policies, it is important to evaluate them through a health equity lens. Strategies such as creating an inclusive and transparent policy development process with communities most likely to be directly impacted are important considerations. Check out this related resource from ChangeLab Solutions about the topic and contact HPP staff Brian Oh for more information on how we can ensure Healthy Neighborhoods through our VMT policies!

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