Baltimore Red Line

Location Baltimore Maryland
Organization Baltimore City Department of Transportation

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.

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  • Status Complete
  • Completion Date 2008
  • Decision-Level County
  • Sector Transportation
  • Organization Type Government Agency