Race, Class, and the Production of and Exposure to Vehicular Pollution in Los Angeles

This project will merge and triangulate several data sources on vehicular travel and pollution to investigate the environmental equity of transportation infrastructure utilization - beyond its original racialized planning and placement. In particular it will develop a new indicator linking production of and exposure to vehicular pollution based on various sources of pollution/ emissions data and vehicle miles traveled. While the transportation-environmental justice literature typically emphasizes community characteristics in terms of exposure disparities that rely on proximity to road infrastructure, this project will link vehicular pollution exposure with vehicular pollution production. This will give us a new understanding of the sociodemographics-mediated relationship between production and exposure. Through a combination of indicator analysis, mapping, and regression analysis, we will investigate the neighborhoods exposed to the most/least pollution per mile traveled as well as the ceteris paribus relationship between race and exposure per mile traveled. This analysis will in turn suggest constructive paths forward for planners and policymakers, including identifying communities of interest and how different possible interventions might operate.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $100,000.00
    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Department of Transportation

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      METRANS Transportation Center

      University of Southern California
      Los Angeles, CA  United States  90089-0626
    • Project Managers:

      Brinkerhoff, Cort

    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Southern California, Los Angeles

      University Park Campus
      Los Angeles, CA  United States  90089
    • Principal Investigators:

      Boeing, Geoff

    • Start Date: 20200816
    • Expected Completion Date: 20210815
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers
    • Source Data: https://metrans.org/research/race-class-and-the-production-of-and-exposure-to-vehicular-pollution-in-los-angeles-

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01745067
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: METRANS Transportation Center
    • Files: RIP
    • Created Date: Jul 14 2020 7:37PM