December 11, 2014 12:00PM (ET)

Sustainability Metrics and Mapping Tool for Environmental Assessment of Rail Infrastructure in Illinois

Launched in 2009, the High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program aims to provide 80% of Americans access to an improved national rail network within the next 25 years. Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), all proposed rail projects are subject to an environmental evaluation process. While the NEPA process is designed to protect the environment and promote community involvement, it can be lengthy and expensive.

This webinar will present a comprehensive “sustainable rail scorecard” and mapping tool for environmental impact assessment of rail infrastructure in Illinois. The objective was to integrate the latest development in environmental impact studies and provide a system view of sustainability metrics in a one-stop, spatial planning database accessed through an online interface.  Transportation professionals and environmental planners can use this application to consider a wide range of impacts early in the decision-making process, before significant funds and time have been devoted to project design. View Handout

Presenter: Ning Ai, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Urban Planning and Policy, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, Research Assistant Professor, Institute for Environmental Science and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago


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