Red Line Regional Commuter Rail-North Carolina

Red Line Regional Commuter Rail-North Carolina
Location Charlotte North Carolina
Organization Davidson Design for Life

Davidson Design for Life, in collaboration with Davidson College students in a Public Health Policy, Practice and Ethics course, conducted a health impact assessment (HIA) of a proposed regional commuter rail project connecting Mooresville to Charlotte, North Carolina using existing Norfolk Southern rail. The project would offer increased freight business, as well as the opportunity for mixed use development around the 10 proposed transit stations. The HIA focused on several potential health impacts, including incidence of chronic disease as physical activity increases due to walking or biking to the transit stations; respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses due to air pollutants; injury from accidents as transit ridership increases; financial security as transportation costs decrease; and job access for low income individuals.

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Decision makers at all levels are using the fast-growing field of HIA to take health into account when making decisions in a broad range of sectors, including agriculture, education, energy and budgeting, in all types of locations--rural, suburban, and urban, local, regional or statewide. Learn more about the information sources that were used to develop this page.

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  • Status Complete
  • Completion Date 2012, November
  • Decision-Level Regional
  • Sector Transportation
  • Organization Type Government Agency