Environmental Justice (EJ) ensures the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race or income. EJ guidelines help identify and address disproportionately high and adverse effects on minority or low-income populations. EJ also makes certain that benefits and burdens of a road project have equitable distribution. I-69 ORX has an Environmental Justice Subcommittee, a subsection of the River Cities Advisory Committee, to provide meaningful local input for the EJ analysis process. Click here to learn more.
Equity in transportation
Seeks fairness in mobility and accessibility to meet the needs of everyone:
- Low income
- Limited English proficiency
- Persons with disabilities
Environmental Justice and Title VI
The Federal Highway Administration adheres to the guidelines under Title VI and NEPA during the development of transportation projects. Environmental Justice and Title VI – part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – intersect, but each has its own characteristics. While both address effects to minority populations, EJ also addresses effects to low-income populations. These effects, which will be documented in the DEIS, could include:
- Potential impacts on human health
- Community cohesion
- Access to community facilities
- Displacement of residents
- Changes in traffic patterns
Title VI Survey
As a recipient of federal funds, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is required to develop a procedure forgathering statistical data regarding participants and beneficiaries of its federal-aid highway programs and activities (23CFR 200.9 (b)(4)), INDOT is distributing this voluntary survey to fulfill that requirement to gather information about the populations affected by a proposed project.
ADA and Title VI Stakeholder Participation
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities requiring assistance and/or accommodation related to accessibility to project documents and/or participation at public meeting venues, are encouraged to contact INDOT’s Office of Public Involvement and/or the Project Team via the contact information below. Persons of limited English Proficiency (LEP) requiring assistance related to accessing project documents and/or participation at public meeting venues are also encouraged to contact the Project Team.
Persons representing an ADA and/or LEP population are encouraged to contact the Office of Project Team with regard to coordinating services such as language, visual and audio interpretation services. We respectfully request advance notice should ADA and/or LEP services be required.