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SCAG 2008 RTP ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE IMPROVE ACCESS TO PARKS

NEWSLETTER SPRING 2008

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) calls for public transportation to improve access for all to parks throughout Southern California in the 2008 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP).

In response to public comments by The City Project and others calling for healthy parks, schools, and communities, SCAG conducted additional and new analysis on accessibility to parks from the perspective of the long range regional transportation plan. “Not all neighborhoods and people have equal access” to local, state and national parks. The SCAG map shows the unequal distribution of parks and low income neighborhoods in the five counties of Los Angeles, Ventura, San Bernardino, Riverside, and Imperial.

“Research has found a complete lack of public transportation services into National Parks, but this also appears true for State Parks. There is almost no access to national parks and very limited access to state parks by transit across all income groups . . . .” SCAG cites the policy report by USC students prepared for The City Project as part of Transit to Trails.

“All income groups for the whole region will have greater park accessibility due to the infrastructure investments proposed in the 2008 RTP. However, a multi-agency effort must be undertaken in order to further address and remedy the issue of inequity of park access.” (Emphasis added.)

Source:SCAG RTP Environmental Justice Report 11-14, 24.

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