Baltimore Red Line

At a Glance:

Location: Baltimore, Maryland

Date: 2008

Vital Condition: Basic Needs for Health and Safety, Belonging and Civic Muscle, Reliable Transportation, Thriving Natural World

Determinants of Health: active transportation, parks, clean air, nutrition, belonging and civic muscle, noise, clean water, physical activity, built environment

Affected Population: Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, People Living in Poverty, People with Chronic and Multiple Chronic Health Conditions, Urban Communities

Research Methods: Literature review, Primary research, Qualitative research

Community Types: urban

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This HIA examined the potential health impacts of a proposal to build a new 14-mile light-rail line in Baltimore. Some of the pathways explored included access to safe outdoor activities, construction issues and air quality. HIA practitioners examined asthma, chronic lower respiratory disease, social cohesion, obesity, physical activity, bicycle and pedestrian risks, mental health, and noise and air pollution impacts on the neighboring communities. Recommendations included measures such as: 1) using a light-rail option to build the Red Line; 2) increasing green space to promote physical activity and social cohesion; 3) widening sidewalks and other traffic-calming measures to promote bicycle and pedestrian safety; and 4) implementing standards to reduce health problems related to construction and air pollution.

This Health Impact Assessment Report first appeared in The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health. The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health was originally developed by the Health Impact Project, formerly a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. The creation of this resource was supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Pew Charitable Trusts, or the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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