MetroPlan Orlando, in partnership with the University of Central Florida and the Winter Park Health Foundation, conducted the first transportation HIA in central Florida. The state Route 50 Bus Rapid Transit HIA analyzed the potential effects of implementing bus rapid transit along 22 miles of SR 50 on the physical, social, and emotional health of residents through improved access to goods, services, jobs, and education; mobility through nonvehicular travel; and economic development opportunities. The study area extended through the heart of Orange County and two major destination points: downtown Orlando and the University of Central Florida. The study area included the Pine Hills neighborhood, the historic downtown neighborhoods, Union Park, and Azalea Park. Approximately 48 percent of Orange County residents depend on mass transit.
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.