Environmental Challenges

Transit Equity & Environmental Health in Baltimore

September 21, 2021

Public transit provides relatively low-cost access to jobs, food, and healthcare, while also reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions by taking cars off the roads and increasing physical activity.  Despite these benefits, public transit in Baltimore often fails to get people to their destinations in a reasonable amount of time. This is especially concerning since low-income people of color represent the majority of transit-users in Baltimore, many of whom during the COVID-19 pandemic were classified as “essential workers”.

A collaborative project between Johns Hopkins University, the Baltimore Transit Equity Coalition, and Baltimore community members, aims to better understand the relationship between the public transit system, social vulnerability, air pollution, and health impacts in the Baltimore region. 

Read the report.

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Core Team Members:

  • Samuel Jordan, President of BTEC
  • Megan Weil Latshaw, PhD, Associate Scientist, Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Sanjana Boyapalli, Research Assistant, Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Anne E. Corrigan, MS, Senior Research Data Analyst, Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Istiak A. Bhuyan, Doctoral Student, Morgan State University (ORCiD: 0000-0002-4464-8090)
  • Mehri “Mehrsa” Mohebbi, PhD, Equity in Transportation Lead, University of Florida Transportation Institute   
  • Emma Holland, MPH '21      


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