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Session Descriptions

Tuesday, October 21

11:15 am – 1:15 pm

Policy and Technical Committees – Business Meetings

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12:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Registration and Exhibits

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1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Silver Comet Trail Bike Tour

Fee: $30, includes bike rental, limited to 20 attendees

Description:

Join us for a bicycle ride along the Silver Comet Trail, Georgia’s longest rail-trail. The ride will be approximately 8 miles at an easy pace along moderately flat terrain. We will stop occasionally to look at trail design details as well as discuss the economic and transportation impacts of this 60+ mile long corridor.

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1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Automated Transportation and Impacts to Planning

Moderator: Charlie Howard, PSRC

Presenters:

  • Michele Boomhower, Chittenden County RPC
  • Michael Rodriguez, Economic Development Research Group
  • Manuel Villar, Driverless Transportation
  • Mike Wallace, Fehr & Peers
  • Diane Turchetta, FHWA
  • Karen Giltman, VEIC

Description:

Governments and industry are working hard to develop technologies and legislation that will revolutionize the transportation system in the future, perhaps even within the planning horizon of Long Range Plans developed today. In this session, learn what infrastructure MPOs should consider in order to plan for driverless transportation, discover the effects next-generation vehicles may have on travel demand, and explore the role MPOs can play in planning and implementing electric vehicle charging facilities.

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1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Innovation and Collaboration in Atlanta

Description:

With a long history as a major transportation hub, the Atlanta region has been and continues to be a leader in the transportation industry. An extensive network of roadways, freight lines, recreational trails, and regional transit dominate the Atlanta region contributing to its robust economy and quality of life. The Atlanta Regional Commission and our regional partners invite you to learn more about some of the innovative tools and technologies that are being used and developed in the region to enhance regional collaboration and ease congestion.

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3:15 pm – 4:45 pm

Modeling 1

Moderator: Vladimir Livshits, MAG

Presenters:

  • Joe Bovenzi, Genesee Transportation Council
  • Natasha Longpine, Ozarks Transportation Org.
  • Prateek Mittal, CCRPC
  • Clyde Prem, Olsson Associates

Description:

New technologies and datasets provide MPOs numerous opportunities for travel modeling and analysis.  Come learn how a medium-sized MPO with a limited budget developed efficient and effective ways to obtain an accurate network and travel data; how an MPO compared vehicle probe-based data with outputs from their model to assess the response to a major traffic incident; and how a small MPO developed modeling tools to improve the understanding of the impacts of transportation on livability, social costs, greenhouse gas emissions, and health.

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4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Board Business Meeting

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Wednesday, October 22

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast

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8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Registration

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8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Exhibits

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8:30 am – 11:00 am

Buckhead Walking Tour

Fee: $20, limited to 30 attendees

Description:

Join us for a tour led by the Buckhead Community Improvement District. See the transformation of Buckhead from a suburban shopping district to a walkable urban place. Attendees will visit Buckhead MARTA Station, Peachtree Road Complete Street, PATH 400 and Buckhead Atlanta/Village.

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8:30 am – 11:30 am

Atlanta Streetcar Tour

Fee: $20, limited to 35 attendees

Description:

When it opens in 2014, the Atlanta Streetcar will serve the heart of Downtown Atlanta and many of the City’s most historic and vibrant neighborhoods. A collaborative public-private partnership, this initial project will connect the Centennial Olympic Park area to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. This mobile workshop will provide participants with background on how the project has progressed from concept to operations in less than five years, and how coordinated actions by the Project’s stakeholders are fostering the revitalization and redevelopment of the neighborhoods served by the streetcar. ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————

9:00 am – 10:30 am

Sustainable Development

Moderator: Tyler Meyer, Greensboro MPO

Presenters:

  • Brad Lonberger, Gateway Planning
  • Jim McKenzie, Metroplan (Little Rock)
  • Alanna McKeeman, ICF International
  • Kathleen Rooney
  • Dr. Gian-Claudia Sciara, University of California – Davis

Description:

Many MPOs have used planning assistance programs to align regional smart growth visions with local land use and context on the ground. This session will highlight the JumpStart program in Central Arkansas, a program that uses innovative planning efforts and real world economic development analyses to focus on realistic implementation goals for communities. A second presentation will report results of a study about MPO experiences in California using funding awards to prod local government smart growth plans and projects.

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9:00 am – 10:30 am

MPO Roles and Relevancy

Moderator: Ron Mitchum, BCD-COG

Presenters:

  • Nisar Ahmed, MTC
  • Regan Hammond, ARCADIS U.S. Inc.
  • Jessica Josselyn, Kittelson & Associates, Inc.
  • Jeff Kramer, CUTR
  • Christopher Puchalsky, DVRCP
  • Landon Reed, ARC

Description:

Hear from MPOs across the country that are embracing new concepts of open source technology and transforming how transportation data is used and managed. Presenters will also review MPO alliances, governance structures, and regionally coordinated planning and project implementation. Attendees will gain a better understanding of the value mechanisms to coordinate planning and project implementation with neighboring MPOs.

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10:45 am – 12:15 pm

Small MPOs 1

Open Forum

This is the first of two sessions that will focus on the challenges and opportunities facing small MPOs. This is a great chance to network with other new and established small MPOs.

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10:45 am – 12:15 pm

Scenario Planning: Tools, Tips, and Techniques

Moderator: Karl Quackenbush, Boston Region MPO

Presenters:

  • Uri Avin, University of Maryland
  • Marlie Sanderson, North Central Florida Regional Council
  • Kendra Watkins, Mid-Region Council of Governments (Albuquerque)
  • Lew Villotti, SW Penn Commission MPO

Description:

In practice, regional planning is increasingly done through reliance on sketch planning support systems. Such tools promise transparency, agility and meaningful public involvement. Presenters will share details about the diverse set of scenario planning tools available to practitioners at MPOs of various sizes, and how results are being used in the larger planning process.

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12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Lunch & General Membership Meeting

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2:10 pm – 3:40 pm

Evaluation Tools

Moderator: Shelley Whitworth, H-GAC

Presenters:

  • Chandler Duncan, Economic Development Research Group
  • Kevin Nelson, U.S. EPA
  • Samuel Seskin, CH2MHILL

Description:

MPO’s today are responding to the growing need to identify measures and demonstrate value in a comprehensive manner. This session will highlight how MPOs utilize evaluation tools to quantify and map economic benefits of transportation investments in a region, address sustainability and smart growth, evaluate multimodal investments, and implement demand management strategies at the regional level.

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2:10 pm – 3:40 pm

Modeling 2

Moderator: Ron Chicka, Duluth Superior MPO

Presenters:

  • Frank Gallivan, ICF International
  • Jeffrey Hammond, RPM Transportation Consultants
  • Stephen Lachky, MARC

Description:

This session presents three applications of tools and travel demand models across the country: Using EPA’s Travel Efficiency Assessment Method sketch modeling tool to assess VMT and emission reduction strategies in three metro areas; Using fine-grained student data and web-based applications to quantify walk-to-school trips for sidewalk prioritization within a metro area; and Using the travel demand model to examine pedestrian crash hot spots in the Kansas City region.

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2:10 pm – 3:40 pm

Public Involvement

Moderator: Amanda Wilson, NCTCOG

Presenters:

  • Claudia Bilotto, Parson Brinkerhoff
  • Bryan Caletka, Vice Chair Broward MPO
  • Unwanna Dabney, PhD, FHWA
  • Ashlee McLaughlin and Rita Morocoima-Black, CCRPC
  • Jill Quigley, Jacobs
  • Jamille Robbins, NCDOT

Description:

Keeping citizens informed and providing them the opportunity to shape transportation plans and projects is essential in ensuring that decisions meet public needs.  Explore how various engagement tools and tactics have been applied to successfully raise awareness, collect public input, and facilitate visioning sessions regarding the future of communities.

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3:40 pm – 4:00 pm

Coffee Break

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4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Tribute to Ron Kirby

Description:

Please join us as we honor the life and legacy of our dearly missed friend and colleague. Ronald F. Kirby served as the Director of Transportation Planning for the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) from 1987 to 2013. The TPB is the designated MPO for the Washington region. Mr. Kirby oversaw the implementation of the $13 million Unified Planning Work Program and a $5 million Commuter Connections Work Program, and managed a staff of 60. Mr. Kirby received his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from the University of Adelaide, South Australia.

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6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Opening Reception with Exhibitors

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Thursday, October 23

7:30 am – 5:30 pm

Registration

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7:30 am – 6:30 pm

Exhibits

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7:30 am – 9:30 am
Continental Breakfast –
FHWA/FTA Town Hall begins at 8:00 am

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9:45 am – 11:15 am

Climate Change

Moderator: Scott Williamson, Center for Climate Strategies

Presenters:

  • Josh DeFlorio, Cambridge, Systematics, Inc.
  • Stefanie Hom, MTC
  • Becky Lupes, FHWA
  • Jeffrey C. Neal, NCTCOG
  • Cathy Stephens, CAMPO
  • Aaron Sussman, Mid-Region Council of Governments (Albuquerque)

Description:

Transportation agencies across the country are grappling with how to address the significant threat that climate change poses to transportation systems. This session will feature experiences and analysis results from MPOs that have assessed the vulnerability of their transportation systems and considered potential solutions. Learn about climate change adaptation and how to integrate climate and extreme weather considerations into your transportation planning process.

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9:45 am – 11:15 am

Project Evaluation

Moderator: John Orr, ARC

Presenters:

  • Jeff Frkonja, RSG
  • Dr. Gary McVoy, Parsons Brinkerhoff
  • MaryAnn Waldinger, COMPASS

Description:

From a public perspective, investments in a more sustainable future require consideration of a comprehensive range of inter-related objectives among competing priorities. This presentation will provide an overview of benefit cost analysis principles, identify environmental issues relevant to long-range transportation plans, describe key inputs and assumptions used in benefit cost analysis, and provide examples and illustrations.

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9:45 am – 11:15 am

Web Based Public Participation

Moderator: Dave Biggs, MetroQuest

Presenters:

  • Scott Gero, AECOM
  • Melissa Roberts, ARC
  • Terry Shaw, HNTB

Description:

Transportation planning relies on the participation of citizens which is increasingly occurring through web based tools. This session will help participants to understand when and how to leverage technologies for public engagement, how to select the right tool for the job, and practices for their successful application.

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11:15 am – 12:00 pm

Washington Policy Briefing

Presenters:

  • Levon Boyagian, Boyagian Consulting, LLC
  • DeLania Hardy, AMPO

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12:15 pm – 1:45 pm

Lunch & Keynote Address

Myron Gray

UPS President, U.S. Operations

Myron Gray

Myron Gray is president of U.S. operations for UPS with responsibility for all package delivery and logistics services for the world’s largest economy. In the United States, UPS delivers and picks up more than 15 million packages each day and has over 322,000 employees.

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2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Complete Streets

Moderator: Elaine Clegg, COMPASS/Boise City Council

Presenters:

  • Paul Flavien, Broward MPO
  • Paul T, Hamilton, Tri-County RPC
  • Leigh Holt, Space Coast TPO
  • Carrie Turner, Safe Routes to School National Partnership
  • John Paul Weesner, Space Coast TPO
  • Wade White, Whitehouse Group

Descriptions:

The health of a community is strongly influenced by its design, land use, and transportation options. The Complete Streets movement has made significant strides in the areas of policy and design guidelines, but there is little by way of implementation. In this session participants will be able to assess the risks and benefits associated with implementing a programmatic approach to projects in cost, time, and resources.

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2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Freight

Moderator: DeLania Hardy, AMPO

Presenters:

  • Thomas McQueen, GDOT
  • Greg Stuart, Broward MPO
  • Zhongze Wang and Mark Wilkes, CORE MPO

Description:

Freight data is critical in estimating current and future freight and goods movements. State DOTs and larger MPOs typically have more financial resources to purchase data to facilitate freight planning efforts.This presentation will focus on several issues of freight planning issues at a medium-sized MPO. Presenters will also discuss pertinent data, the scale of analysis, and establishment of a freight advisory committee.

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2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Safety

Moderator: Ashby Johnson, CAMPO (Austin)

Presenters:

  • Demian W. Miller, Tindale-Oliver
  • Audrey Wennink, Cambridge Systematics

Description:

One of the national goals established in MAP-21 is safety, and MPOs will soon be required to set safety targets and track progress toward achieving them.  This session will provide an overview of the state of the practice in target setting, how a target can be set, and how to determine if a target is realistic. It will also showcase how Florida DOT and several MPOs developed data-driven Pedestrian Safety Action Plans to address pedestrian crash problems and prioritize countermeasures.

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3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Coffee Break with Exhibitors

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4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Performance Based Planning 1

Moderator: Ben Williams, FHWA

Presenters:

  • Craig Casper, PPACG
  • Rich Perrin, Genesee Transportation Council
  • Egan Smith, FHWA

Description:

FHWA and FTA are pursuing several coordinated research efforts to promote Performance Based Planning and Programming as a best practice. This session reviews two guidebooks created for State DOTs, MPOs, regional transportation planning organizations, and transit agencies to effectively influence the decision making process.

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4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Sub Region Collaboration

Moderator: Jon Tuley, ARC

Presenters:

  • Shelley Lamar, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
  • Dr. Nancey Green Leigh, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Gary Young, City of College Park

Description:

Hear from experts on the concept of Aerotropolis, an urban form focused on airports, and how it is changing the south side of the Atlanta region. Presenters will explore how a regional approach to planning and economic development is being used after previous locally-focused efforts failed to find traction.

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4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Transportation Planning and Healthy Living

Moderator: Gordon Garry, SACOG

Presenters:

  • Rochelle Carpenter, T4A
  • David D’Onofrio, ARC
  • Michael Skipper, Nashville Area MPO
  • Dr. Arthur Wendel, CDC

Description:

Many MPOs are making strides in linking transportation planning and healthy living by funding active transportation modes and assessing health impacts of transportation. This session will focus on the Nashville MPO’s work to adopt policy and funding to support healthy communities and a partnership between the MPO and the Healthy Community Design Initiative of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It will also highlight the Atlanta Roadside Emissions Exposure Study, which aims to understand how local-scale air quality is impacted by changes to the transportation system.

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5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Happy Hour with Exhibitors

Description:

Join AMPO and exhibitors for a happy hour drink.

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Friday, October 24

 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Connected Places: Freight, Regions and Megaregions –
Buffet Breakfast at Maggiano’s Italian Dining

Panelists:

  • Jane Hayse, ARC
  • Dr. Catherine Ross, Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Dave Williams, Metro Atlanta Chamber

Description:

This session will provide a platform to hear from private sector industry leaders, decision makers, national experts, elected officials and academics sharing ideas to increase the efficient movement of freight within and between regions. It is a unique opportunity to exchange ideas and address challenges related to the efficient movement of freight throughout the United States.

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9:45 am – 11:15 am

Performance Based Planning 2

Moderator: Matt Hardy, AASHTO

Presenters:

  • Keith Miller, NJTPA
  • Rita Morocoima-Black, CCRPC
  • Ashlee McLaughlin, CCRPC
  • Reza Taromi, APA, ASHE

Description:

This session explores regions implementing performance based planning concepts. Learn how they ensure that programming is meeting planning objectives, communicate performance to citizens and elected officials, and how they prioritize projects.

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9:45 am – 11:15 am

Small MPOs 2

Open Forum

This is the second of two sessions that focus on the challenges and opportunities facing small MPOs. This is a great chance to network with other new and established small MPOs.

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