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Updated Apr 28, 2022

WATCH: December 2021 Presentation for Environmental Justice Communities on CBDTP Project

Federal agencies, including the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), are required to consider whether their proposed actions would result in disproportionately high and adverse effects on minority and/or low-income populations (also known as environmental justice populations) and, if any, to address as appropriate. This includes providing opportunities for full and fair participation by all potentially affected communities.

The United States Department of Transportation and FHWA essentially define minority and low-income individuals and populations for this purpose as follows:

  • Minority: a person who is Black, Hispanic or Latino, Asian American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, or Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
  • Low-Income: a person whose median household income is at or below the United States Department of Health and Human Services poverty guidelines
  • Population: any readily identifiable group of minority and/or low-income persons who live in geographic proximity, and, if circumstances warrant, geographically dispersed/transient persons of those groups who will be similarly affected

The New York Metropolitan region is home to a diverse population and includes many communities and neighborhoods where minority and low-income populations live and work. The study area for the Central Business District Tolling Program (CBDTP, the Project) includes New York City; Long Island; counties north of New York City; portions of southern Connecticut; and portions of northern and central New Jersey.

  • 52% of the study area identify themselves as non-White
  • 15% identify themselves as African-American
  • 10% identify themselves as Asian
  • 23% identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino
  • 13% of the study area are low-income

The Project Sponsors have begun public outreach activities throughout the environmental review communities for the Project. These activities are designed to include coordination with elected officials and community leaders; environmental justice (EJ) webinar-style community meetings; and establishment of a CBDTP Technical Advisory Group and an Environmental Justice Stakeholder Working Group.

The purpose of the Environmental Justice Stakeholder Working Group is to provide a forum for people within the EJ communities who would like to share concerns and ideas, or want to know more about particular issues. The purpose of the CBDTP Technical Advisory Group is to help identify concerns of those in EJ communities, propose mitigation if needed, and help circulate information as widely as possible. 

Nine virtual meetings focusing on EJ communities have already been held, three each for relevant counties in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

Public meetings provide individuals and stakeholder groups with opportunities to:

  • Receive information about the proposed CBDTP and its potential positive and negative impacts on EJ communities
  • Comment on the proposed program
  • Learn about Environmental Justice Stakeholder Working Groups that will be created as part of the project and opportunities to directly serve/suggest other participants.

Environmental Justice Public Meetings To Date:

New York

Thursday, October 7, 2021 (click here to view meeting)

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 (click here to watch meeting)

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 (click here to view meeting)

New Jersey

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 (click here to view meeting)

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 (click here to watch meeting)

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 (click here to view meeting)

Connecticut

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 (click here to view meeting)

Thursday, October 28, 2021 (click here to watch meeting)

Thursday, December 9, 2021 (click here to view meeting)

Contact us

The early outreach comment period on the Central Business District Tolling Program (CBDTP) and process closed on April 27, 2022. Dates for the formal public comment period on the Environmental Assessment will be announced soon.

Email: CBDTP@mtabt.org

Mail: CBD Tolling Program, 2 Broadway, 23rd Floor, New York, NY 10004

Phone: 646-252-7440

Fax: 212-504-3148 [Attn: The CBDTP Team]

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