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AMPO Webinars

Performance-Based Planning

Monday, February 24, 2014

Moderator:

Rich Denbow, Director of Technical Programs, AMPO

Presenters:

  • Tom Gerend, Assistant Director of Transportation, Mid-America Regional Council
  • Tracy Selin, Cambridge Systematics, Senior Associate

Click here to view the webinar recording, http://webinar6.adobeconnect.com/p5nuzv38rnj/.

Description:

In anticipation of the forthcoming USDOT MAP-21 rulemakings on performance management, AMPO hosted a webinar highlighting how two MPOs, the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) and the Chattanooga-Hamilton County/North Georgia Transportation Planning Organization (CHCNGA-TPO), are currently using performance-based planning.

Mid America Regional Council: Transportation Outlook 2040 Annual Performance Measurement Report
MARC adopted Transportation Outlook 2040 to guide future transportation investment within the region. The Plan advances a sustainable vision for the Kansas City region through the pursuit of nine overarching goals. To ensure the region was making progress towards these goals, MARC developed a set of detailed performance measures and an annual performance report. This provides an opportunity to assess and develop more impactful strategies at the technical and policy level. This work was recognized as a national best practice in performance reporting and stakeholder engagement by FHWA, and received AMPO’s Outstanding Overall Achievement award for a TMA MPO at the 2013 AMPO Annual Conference.

Chattanooga 2040 RTP Performance-Framework: Balancing National, Regional and Community Needs
The CHCNGA-TPO created a comprehensive performance-based planning framework to guide development of their 2040 Regional Transportation Plan. The framework allows a balance between stakeholders who advocate a local, community-oriented investment approach and those who advocate a focus on big-ticket investments needed to advance the region’s economic competitiveness. In order to balance these differing perspectives, the MPO organized goals and objectives for the 2040 RTP within a “Community to Region” performance framework that looks at three geographic scales, thus enabling project evaluation to vary across each scale.

 

2013 AMPO Award Winners

Monday, December 16, 2013

Moderator: 

Rich Denbow, Director of Technical Programs, AMPO

Presenters:

  • Dynah Capone, Regional Transportation Safety Coordinator, South Central Planning and Development Commission/Houma-Thibodaux MPO
  • Josh Manning, Transportation Planner South Central Planning and Development Commission/Houma-Thibodaux MPO
  • Lon Wyrick, Executive Director, Thurston Regional Planning Council

Click here to view the webinar recording, http://webinar6.adobeconnect.com/p763elco6cb/.

Description:

Each year, AMPO honors MPOs that have found ways to advance their organizations by embracing the planning process and shaping their regions. MPOs are selected by a committee and award winners are announced at the AMPO Annual Conference. AMPO is holding two webinars to highlight this year’s award winners. Representatives from Houma-Thibodaux MPO and Thurston Regional Council presented on December 16. Presentations from staff at the Mid America Regional Council were featured during a webinar on performance measures in early 2014. These winners represent the great work being done by MPOs across the country. The 2013 categories and winners are listed below.

Outstanding Overall Achievement for a TMA MPO – Mid America Regional Council

Transportation Outlook 2040 Annual Performance Measurement Report

In June 2010, the Mid-America Regional Council adopted a new long range plan, Transportation Outlook 2040, to guide future transportation investment within the region. The Plan is centered on advancing a sustainable vision for the Kansas City region through the pursuit of nine overarching goals. To ensure the region was making progress towards these goals, MARC developed a set of detailed performance measures and an annual performance report. This provides the region the opportunity to regularly revisit progress towards goals and provides a critical opportunity to assess and develop more impactful strategies at the technical and policy level. This work was recognized as a national best practice in performance reporting and stakeholder engagement by FHWA, and is regularly referred to as an example of how MPOs might respond to MAP-21 requirements.

Outstanding Overall Achievement for a non-TMA MPO – Houma-Thibodaux MPO (HTMPO)

Planning for Safety and Connectivity in the Bayou Region

Despite being one of the smaller MPOs in Louisiana, the Houma-Thibodaux MPO doesn’t limit itself from reaching greater heights. The HTMPO developed a Regional Transportation Safety Plan and Regional Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan that puts them at the forefront of regional planning and grassroots level advocacy. Their safety plan is being used as a model by all MPOs and regional safety coalitions in Louisiana, and the bike and pedestrian plan is the first comprehensive regional plan in the state. Both efforts have engaged stakeholders from government to law enforcement to business and non-profits. The MPO has already funded and implemented about 45% of the priorities in the plan in less than three years since adoption.

Honorable Mention for Outstanding Overall Achievement for a TMA MPO – Thurston Regional Planning Council 

Creating Places – Preserving Spaces: A Sustainable Development Plan for the Thurston Region

Sustainable Thurston has been an unprecedented partnership opportunity to define the actions and responsibilities to achieve the community’s vision. The Plan reflects the breadth and depth of a three year conversation, which successfully engaged record numbers of participants and early actions taken by many partners. The plan is grounded in the best information available, and the exchange of ideas by citizens, policy-makers, business owners, and nonprofit leaders. What sets Sustainable Thurston apart is the excellent information the process and products are based upon and the commitment by partners.