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Updated Oct 19, 2021

WATCH: 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. 

You may express interest in joining or suggest someone else for the Environmental Justice Stakeholder Working Group by clicking here

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.

Upcoming Environmental Justice Public Meetings:

New York

New Jersey

Connecticut

While the individual meetings will focus on a specific state, anyone can sign up for whichever one they want, or all three if they so desire.

Those wanting to sign up can do so until 5:30 p.m. the day before the meeting takes place on the CBDTP project website, or our public meeting hotline at (646) 252-6777.

Anyone who needs accessibility or language assistance services can find out how to do so at https://new.mta.info/project/CBDTP/accessibility-and-language-services

People who don't sign up to speak in advance but decide they want to during the webinar will be given an opportunity.

Those who wish to speak, or simply want to watch, can join the meeting, or meetings, by:

PC/Tablet/Smartphone: https://mta.zoom.us/j/82606738045

Webinar ID: 826 0673 8045

Phone: Dial-in: +1 888 788 0099 (Toll Free)

Webinar ID: 826 0673 8045 # then #

The meetings will also be livestreamed at https://new.mta.info/project/CBDTP  

Anyone who needs accessibility or language assistance services can find out how to do so at https://new.mta.info/project/CBDTP/accessibility-and-language-services

Environmental Justice Public Meetings To Date:

New York

Thursday, October 7 (click here to view meeting)

New Jersey

Tuesday, October 12 (click here to view meeting)

Connecticut

Wednesday, October 13 (click here to view meeting)

 

Additional ways to leave comments, please use the following:

Online: Submit a comment here 

Email: CBDTP@mtabt.org

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

Phone: 646-252-7440

Fax: 212-504-3148

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Contact us

Online: Submit a comment here

Email: CBDTP@mtabt.org

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

Phone: 646-252-7440

Fax: 212-504-3148