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Community Impact Assessment: A Quick Reference for Transportation

Community impact assessment is a process for evaluating the effects of proposed transportation projects on a community and its quality of life. The assessment should include all items of importance to people, such as mobility, safety, employment effects, relocation, isolation, and other community issues. The guide, Community Impacts Assessment: A Quick Reference for Transportation was written as a primer for transportation professionals and analysts who assess the impacts of proposed transportation projects on communities. It outlines the community impact assessment process, highlights critical areas that must be examined, and identifies the basic tools and information sources in parallel with the FHWA NEPA project development process.

Publication No. FHWA-PD-96-036

For more information contact:

U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration Office of Environment and Planning - HEPH-40
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590
(202) 366-0106

For questions or feedback on this subject matter content, please contact Carolyn Nelson at 202-366-2047.