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2016 AMPO Annual Conference Agenda

**Please check back frequently as AMPO updates the agenda with further information on speakers, additional sessions, and mobile workshops.**

Tuesday, October 25

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

SHRP2 The Work Workshop: PlanWorks, EconWorks, and TravelWorks
Presenter:
Matt Hardy and Bryan Hong, AASHTO

The second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) included more than 100 research products designed to improve the way transportation professionals plan, operate, maintain and ensure safety on America’s roadways. PlanWorks, EconWorks and TravelWorks will help transportation planners conduct better collaborative processes, produce better modeling and transportation analysis, and introduce economic benefit analysis into early project decision making. This workshop will provide hands-on training on different aspects of these three tools. More information on the tools is available at http://planningtools.transportation.org.

“MPOwerment” Roundtable Discussion
Featuring:
Blair Anderson, Under Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Transportation & President Elaine Clegg, AMPO Board of Directors

The United States Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) “MPOwerment” Initiative focuses on empowering Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) to enhance collaboration, increase public participation, and build ladders of opportunity through the transportation planning process. During the roundtable discussion, co-hosted by USDOT and the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations, participants – which include local elected officials, transportation executives, and MPO board members – will discuss opportunities for improving regional planning and expanding investments that revitalize communities and connect people to opportunity.

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Public Involvement Work Group – Kickoff Meeting

The AMPO Public Involvement Work Group will serve as a place for MPO staff involved in public involvement, public relations, or marketing to share best practices.​ This initial meeting is open to everyone interested in getting involved and will serve as a forum to discuss issues within your region. Our primary goal for this meeting is to determine a work plan for the group’s first year.

12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Technical Committee Meeting

Policy Committee Meeting

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Fort Worth by Bike
$20/person
Bikes provided by Fort Worth BikeShare.

This Fort Worth bike tour is a fun, unique way to view the history and legends of the City Where the West Begins!

Discover the history and mystery of saints and sinners – cowboys and cattle barons – railroad workers and oil men. See the architecture and art work that make this historic city unique. However, Fort Worth is not just a historic city. It is a vibrant modern city with 16 urban villages, the Blue Zones project, and a strong biking culture.

Highlights of the Tour:

  • Tarrant County Courthouse
  • Sundance Plaza
  • Fire House #1
  • Bass Performance Hall
  • General Worth Square
  • Hotel Texas
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Texas and Pacific Station
  • Trinity River Vision Project
  • West 7th Urban Village

2:30 – 6:30 p.m.

TPM Workshop

A balance of presentations and interactive activities, the workshop will focus on how to coordinate the setting of safety targets. Presenters will engage participants in a discussion on the Safety Performance Measure Rule and its impact on MPOs. Using tools developed by the FHWA, participants will have a chance to assess their agency’s target setting capabilities and develop action items to improve those capabilities.

Presented by the Federal Highway Administration Offices of Safety and Transportation Performance Management.

6:45 – 8:30 p.m. 

Fort Worth Ghost Tour
$20/person

Fort Worth has been home to outlaws, cattle drives, oil barons and Ghosts! Join Fort Worth Tours as they take you to visit the Parker Cabin the last home of Cynthia Ann Parker, the blue eyed squaw, before her untimely death and the spot where John F. Kennedy gave his final address before his fateful trip to Dallas. You will visit the haunts of mysterious ghosts from long ago as well as those well known ghosts who can not seem to find their rest. Experience the Mystery, Madness and Mayhem on which Fort Worth has been built.

*The tour bus will leave promptly at 6:45, please meet at the registration desk at 6:30 p.m.*

Wednesday, October 26

8:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast &
Member-led Breakout Sessions (begin at 8:30 a.m.)

Facilitators:
Rich Denbow, Cambridge Systematics
Trish Hendren, I-95 Corridor Coalition

In this session, participants will break into two groups based on MPO size, budget, or other defining factors. A facilitator will lead each group in an open discussion of critical MPO issues and opportunities and record the main discussion points on flip charts. The facilitators will provide each breakout group with a set of administrative, policy, and technical issues and encourage participants to address additional subjects. This breakout session will provide an excellent forum to meet peer MPOs and learn about each other’s planning challenges and successes. Part 2 of this session takes place on Thursday morning.

9:45 – 11:30 a.m.

Freight
Presenters:
Darci Hendon, Ayres Associates
Paul Hershkowitz, Caliper
Tom Mason, Cheyenne MPO
Daniel Studdard, ARC

Presenters will offer a presentation that will guide participants through the types of questions about freight markets that can reasonably be answered using readily available freight data sources, and how the most commonly used public and private data resources have successfully been applied in the urban or regional settings. Given fiscally constrained planning situation, it is important to be able to readily identify a menu of appropriate data sources, know the limitations of the data and what is necessary to conduct an analysis so as to get the most ‘bang for the budget buck’ in data purchases

The Cheyenne MPO will give a presentation describing how as a smaller MPO they were able to complete a robust Regional Freight Mobility Study. The presentation will describe data sources, analysis steps, and how the region incorporated outcomes from the freight planning process into the long range planning process and used the plan to expand opportunities for input into this process by including the freight industry.

Originally developed in 2008, the Atlanta Regional Freight Mobility Plan was updated and adopted in 2016. The update will serve as the guiding planning document supporting the region’s freight and goods movement strategies, and will also serve as an input to the next RTP update. Staff from the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) will provide a broad overview of the overall plan, while also providing specific details on the plan’s outreach process, freight data, performance measures, development of recommendations, and related information about the planning process.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning – Part 1
Presenters:
Morgan Beryl, Tahoe MPO
Jeffrey Pollack, Corpus Christi MPO
Byron Rushing, ARC

Linking Tahoe: Active Transportation Plan (ATP) was developed through best practice research, robust community outreach, and jurisdictional partnership. The ATP is an innovative plan that includes funding and project recommendations as well as useful tools to accelerate project implementation. Most notable, the Complete Street Resource Guide (Appendix A) is a design toolkit that is tailored to the Lake Tahoe Region and includes contemporary design suggestions for roadways, intersections, and trails. The presentation will focus on how to create a plan that is built around agency and community input and accelerates implementation through project buy-in and useful tools.

The Corpus Christi MPO completed Phase I – Bicycle Mobility of a two-part Strategic Plan for Active Mobility in early 2016; Phase II – Pedestrian Mobility is underway. When fully implemented, this Plan will yield a 290-mile Bicycle Mobility Network along with complementary, strategic pedestrian enhancements aimed at connecting residents to key destinations and providing viable, safe, and active alternatives to the personal automobile. This presentation will detail the multi-step spatial analyses used to identify community hotspots and define linkages between them (including off-road trail connections where feasible); it will highlight the creative engagement tools used to capture users’ route priorities and explain how these priorities were incorporated into the planning process; and it will showcase the facility selection model used to prescribe what infrastructure should be installed on each network segment.

Metropolitan Atlanta is one of the largest and most dispersed regions in the nation. Yet the region has seen the nation’s largest growth in bike commuting (from 2000-2010), the US’s largest urban trail project, and suburban communities increasingly demanding walkable communities, better transit, and more bicycling. Last year the Atlanta Regional Commission completed a regional walking and bicycling plan – titled “Walk. Bike. Thrive!” – that crafts a vision for a more walkable, bikeable, and livable metropolitan Atlanta.  Learn how the Atlanta MPO is using relentless incrementalism and the region’s pivoting growth to make metro Atlanta one of the most connected and safest regions in the United States for walking and bicycling.

Scenario Planning
Presenters:
Brett Fusco, DVRPC
Brian Hurley, ODOT
Terry Moore, ECONorthwest
Craig Raborn and Beth Xie, RTCSNV

This session will offer an in-depth look at how MPOs are developing and using tools to enrich the understanding of long-term impacts of different transportation investment scenarios.

Presenters from NCSG, DVRPC, and ODOT will discuss scenario tools for regional sustainability, drawing on a just-published assessment of various tools from current and evolving practice. This session provides overview, insights, and guidance on various scenario tools and illustrates the application of several new and innovative tools.

Faced with rapidly-changing funding needs and opportunities and seeking to enhance the role of long-term transportation planning in the Las Vegas region led the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) to implement the Rapid Policy Assessment Tool (RPAT) scenario model to examine different investment strategies for the region. The first part of this presentation will give a brief discussion on developing the RPAT model for Southern Nevada. The second part of the presentation will focus on applying the RPAT model to the RTC’s planning and policymaking processes and will review the challenges and benefits of doing so.

11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Lunch & General Membership Meeting
Our 2016 AMPO Award recipients will be honored at this time.

1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Future of Transportation
Presenters:
Darren Poikonen, Verizon
Egan Smith, USDOT
Mike Wallace, Fehr & Peers

Researchers from Fehr & Peers will provide insight on the types of changes autonomous vehicles might bring and how those changes might be taken into account in the regional planning process by sharing findings from a balanced assessment of MPO travel models from around the country to determine their sensitivity to the presumed effects of autonomous vehicles at various adoption rates. The findings and recommendations will be presented with a focus on helping MPOs understand what the future transportation system may look like and how tools and policies may need to change to make effective transportation investment decisions.

Representatives from Verizon will present a brief overview of the challenges in deploying complex urban infrastructure projects, and then concentrates on state-of-the-practice turnkey SaaS transportation solutions. Focus is given in describing different industry solution models, the benefit in leveraging service level agreements, and the industry’s challenge in meeting varying transportation stakeholder needs. Specific details on turnkey traffic data solutions will be provided, including how design, installation, communication, data hosting, and maintenance as a turnkey solution can deliver reliable service to transportation agencies and the traveling public.

The USDOT Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office will offer a presentation discussing the role of MPO’s in planning for future technologies such as, connected vehicles, automated vehicles, talking infrastructure, and smart cities. For the past decade, USDOT has been researching and testing a system of vehicles that can sense the environment around them and communicate with other vehicles and with infrastructure. Connected / automated vehicles are expected to reduce unimpaired vehicle crashes by 80 percent, while also reducing the 4.8 billion hours that Americans spend in traffic annually. This presentation will help MPO’s to plan for these future innovations and explain how the USDOT is moving forward to deploy this technology across the country, and how planners can begin to prepare for this future.

USDOT Linking Transportation and Health: Tools and Initiatives
Jason Broehm, USDOT OST
Victoria Martinez, FHWA
Danielle Nelson, FTA

A multi-disciplinary panel will discuss three new ways that USDOT is engaging health and transportation professionals, encouraging health and transportation linkages, and enhancing transportation program and project delivery. Attendees will learn about the recently released the Framework for Better Integrating Health into Transportation Corridor Decision Making (Framework), a new resource intended to help transportation agencies identify when and how to consider public health as part of the existing corridor planning process; the Transportation and Health Tool – developed by USDOT and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – which provides a single site for transportation decision-makers, health officials, and the public to understand how state and local transportation options and performance affect health outcomes; and the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Rides to Wellness initiative, which is focusing on health by partnering with health and transportation providers to increase access to healthcare for those who would otherwise experience transportation access challenges.

MPO Roles & Relevancy
Chandler Duncan, EDR Group
Michael V. Franchini, Capital District Transportation Committee
Barbara McCann, USDOT

Automobile Level of Service (LOS) is a measure used to analyze highways and the transportation impacts of changes and developments by categorizing traffic flow density and speed. The extensive use of traditional (vehicular) LOS over the past several decades has led transportation and land use decisions to prioritize automobile traffic flows, often with little consideration of potential impacts to safety, active transportation, transit, and sustainability. Representatives from USDOT will discuss how the Federal transportation program is moving to a performance measure framework with many more variables, and work is underway to determine how LOS does (or does not) fit in.  This presentation will discuss shifts at the Federal policy level, as well as show examples of how MPOs and states are using multimodal LOS or measures entirely outside of the LOS framework.

Hampton Roads Transit (VA) recently completed an in-depth study of its system. This presentation will discuss the findings of the study and will discuss several different perspectives on the economic effect of transit systems which an MPO might consider in their region. The presentation will emphasize the methodologies used to measure these aspects, which can broadly be described as local market support, current mobility impacts, and proposed expansion impacts.

For many years the Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) has calculated quantifiable project benefits using their travel demand (STEP) model to determine safety, travel time, operating, user costs, and facility life benefits; and a benefit/cost ratio.  In 2015 CDTC developed merit categories, criteria, and a scoresheet to measure qualitative project benefits.  When combined, these quantifiable and qualitative project benefits provide a numerical value (out of 100 possible points) which can be used to compare a variety of TIP candidate projects. This presentation will discuss the development and implementation of the newly developed scoresheet.

3:00 – 4:45 p.m.

MPO Operations
Presenters:
Kristyn Campbell, Indianapolis MPO
Steven Gayle, RSG
Brian Gibson, Oahu MPO
Alexandra Kleyman, Boston Region MPO
Elisabeth Schuck, Tindale Oliver

The Boston Region MPO has a rigorous and comprehensive approach to developing and managing its UPWP.  MPO Staff will share their unique overall approach and specific techniques used to develop and manage the UPWP process.

The New York State Association of MPOs comprises 14 MPOs from very small to very large. NYSAMPO has become a proven means to enhance the capacity of the staff at all of the MPOs through support of training, and nine technical working groups that act as communities of practice. This presentation will show the positive role a robust state association can play in improving staff capacity through support of training and sharing of practice.

Between 2013 and 2016, OahuMPO faced a series of significant challenges regarding its role, responsibilities, and authority in the 3-C planning process. After its funding was cut-off by the State, a Federal certification review team imposed 12 corrective actions on the MPO with specific deadlines or else the MPO would face decertification. This presentation will describe the causes, events, and soul-searching that lead to a re-designation of the MPO and the development of all new foundational documents – including a new state law, comprehensive agreement, and supplemental agreements.

This presentation will discuss the development of the Indianapolis MPO’s Transportation Improvement Program database. The MPO selected a California-based firm to assist with the development of the database. Through the firm’s Project Tracker Software as a Service (SaaS), the IMPO transformed what used to be a paper-based program into a modern day online, interactive software that can be utilized by all parties involved in the TIP processes; including IMPO Staff, our Local Public Agencies (LPAs), the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), and Federal Highway (FHWA).

Healthy Regions in the Sunbelt
Presenters:
Rochelle Carpenter, Nashville Area MPO
Coleen Clementson, SANDAG
Kelly Porter, CAMPO

Presenters from three Sunbelt MPOs will describe how their organizations incorporate health outcomes into the transportation planning and decision making process. The presentation will highlight programs, strategies, performance measures, methods for technical analysis, and other best practices that can be used in the regional transportation planning process and to provide assistance to local governments to better consider health in planning decisions. The panel will provide insight as to how regions may start considering health outcomes in planning decisions, as well as how a fully developed healthy communities program might evolve over the years. CAMPO is in the infancy of its program, while Nashville MPO and SANDAG have much more developed programs. Each MPO will present about their approach and programs, and conclude with lessons learned by each of their organizations.

5:00 – 6:15 p.m.

EJ – Title VI
Presenter:
Felicia Alexander and Spencer Stevens, FHWA
Respondents:
Gloria Jeff, WAMPO; Andrea Napoli, Rogue Valley COG

Join representatives from FHWA and MPOs for an interactive workshop that will discuss Environmental Justice, Title VI, and Equity. What is the role MPOs play in influencing the impacts on communities? What are some of the differences between large and small MPO’s in addressing EJ and the common themes? NEPA, PEL, and federal requirements will be covered along with examples and best practices. The majority of the session will offer an opportunity for a robust discussion and peer exchange.

Megaregions
Presenters:
James Garland, FHWA
Charlie Howard, PSRC
Pragati Srivastava, Memphis MPO
Daniel Studdard and Jon Tuley, ARC

Megaregions offer flexible frameworks for key transportation stakeholders, such as MPOs and State DOTs, to harmonize transportation with quality of life, economic opportunity, and environmental sustainability. The concept of Megaregions embodies a host of questions and concerns, but more importantly, it represents a growing trend and global shift to think beyond our traditional borders for planning and how transportation works. Building on FHWA’s Publication titled “MPOs and Transportation Planning for Megaregions,” this session acknowledges the significant transportation initiatives that have unfolded over the past year. FHWA will share information on the latest efforts to advance the concept of Megaregions and speakers from various cities will share their experiences of coordinating on a broad, multi-jurisdictional scale as they begin to think about the future through the lens of Megaregions.

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Happy Hour

Thursday, October 27

7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast &
Host Spotlight: Sharing innovations from Dallas-Fort Worth (begins at 8:00 a.m.)
NCTCOG Staff: Michael Morris, Adam Beckom, Natalie Bettger, Jory Dille, Dan Lamers, Sonya Landrum, and Arash Mirzaei

As the host MPO for the conference, NCTCOG will lead a panel discussion showcasing a technology transfer of innovations occurring in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. The discussion will be moderated by NCTCOG Executive Director, Michael Morris, and panelists will include several NCTCOG staff members. The discussion topics will include innovative funding, innovative collection and uses of data, low-cost bottleneck improvements, and others.

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Member-led Breakout Sessions

Facilitators:
Rich Denbow, Cambridge Systematics
Trish Hendren, I-95 Corridor Coalition
Jeff Kramer, CUTR
Rich Perrin, T.Y. Lin Intl.
Sarah Siwek, Sarah J. Siwek & Associates, Inc.

In this session, participants will come back together but in area specific groups, likely 4 groups. The facilitators group will report on the key issues, ideas, and problems areas discussed in Part 1 that are area specific (i.e. freight, safety, data, etc) . The facilitators will summarize the discussion and identify how the issues and opportunities discussed are similar and different for MPOs of various sizes and characteristics. This information will also help AMPO staff advocate more effectively for members during discussions with Federal partners and other stakeholders in Washington.

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Moving Beyond the Freight Plan: How regions are dealing with freight challenges
Presenters:
Daniel Haake, CDM Smith
Corey Hull, Valdosta-Lowndes MPO (SGRC)
Ryan Wilhite, Indianapolis MPO

Freight movement is directly related to a region’s economic viability. However, what do you do once you have freight? This presentation will focus on how MPOs can mitigate potential negative impacts from more freight traffic and connect jobs to people who need them the most. Hear from CDM Smith, the

Valdosta-Lowndes MPO (SGRC), and the Indianapolis MPO about how to address the freight paradox. While freight movement growth is the physical manifestation of a positive regional economy, freight has several negative externalities that must be addressed to maximize the benefit for their respective communities.

Air Quality Analysis & Communication
Presenters:
Craig Raborn, RTCSNV
Gina Solman, Volpe Center

While most MPOs were preparing for the anticipated impacts of the October 2015 release of new ozone air quality standards, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) was confronted by an unexpected development leading up to the new rule. In August 2015, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released “Grinding to a Halt,” a report presenting a worst case scenario of the impact on transportation in the Las Vegas region of a potential strict new national standard for ozone air quality. As a result of concerns raised by that report, the RTC was forced to examine in detail the potential impacts of the forthcoming standard on the agency’s transportation planning and programming activities. When the rule was released, the RTC updated its analysis, showing an extremely low risk that the new rule would impact current or future transportation projects in Southern Nevada. Overall, the RTC learned that communicating the new ozone rule’s impact was equally as important as the impact itself. With the development of a clear message, backed by effective visuals and careful analysis, RTC has addressed policymakers concerns about future impacts of the new Ozone air quality standard. Join RTCSNV and FHWA for a session that highlights lessons learned and useful tools. FHWA will share a series of spreadsheet tools being developed to assist with the quantification of emission benefits for CMAQ applications

Public Involvement
Presenters:
Mike Kozlosky, Wilmington Urban Area MPO
Veena Tabbutt, Thurston RPC
Linda Vela, Alamo Area MPO

How do you get meaningful public input on a long range transportation plan with no funding available for public outreach? The Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC) produced three simple-to-use online tools to engage people in thinking about regional transportation issues and share their ideas. Most of the materials were produced inside the agency and relied on email distribution through the MPOs contact lists as well as other agencies lists. In addition, TRPC was able to improve its in-house abilities to produce videos, surveys, and interactive web pages. This presentation will discuss the three simple-to-use online tools and outcomes.

In the months leading up to the November 2014 election, the Wilmington Urban Area MPO partnered with the City of Wilmington’s Communication Department to carefully craft and implement a robust education and communication campaign that ultimately led to the successful passage of a $44 million transportation bond initiative. This presentation will further detail the project selection process and outreach strategies used to educate the community on the successful 2014 City of Wilmington Transportation Bond initiative.

Engaging people of all ages in the planning process is incredibly important and requires knowledge of generational attributes and values to boost their participation in the public process. The Alamo Area MPO’s #YourMove campaign will be highlighted to show how innovative and integrated outreach strategies can be used along with traditional public meetings to enhance participation AND perhaps more importantly, how to do this on a budget using internal staff and resources. Learn more about the various generations and how to tailor outreach efforts to better engage each group.

12:15 – 1:45 p.m.

Lunch & Keynote Address

Jane Lappin is Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs for Toyota Research Institute (TRI).  TRI was created in January as an independent subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation, charged with using artificial intelligence to develop automated vehicles, assistive indoor robotics, and materials discovery.   Ms. Lappin’s responsibilities include working with public officials, state and local transportation authorities, and the planning community to address shared policy issues related to the future of highly automated vehicles.  Prior to joining TRI, Ms. Lappin worked for the USDOT at the Volpe Center, where her research focused on traveler response to advanced vehicle technologies, and evaluating the impact of ITS on traveler behavior.  At the USDOT, Ms. Lappin was Secretariat to the trilateral US-EU-Japan ITS Steering Group and co-chair of its Automation in Road Transportation Working Group.  She is co-founder of the Automated Vehicles Symposium, chair of the TRB ITS Committee, and a founding member and past president of the ITS International Benefits, Evaluation, and Costs Working Group.  Ms. Lappin studied sociology as an undergraduate at Boston University and earned an MBA from the Simmons College Graduate School of Management.

2:00 – 3:45 p.m.

Performance Measures
Presenters:
Nathan Higgins, Cambridge Systematics
Catherine Manzo, StreetLight Data
Christopher Upchurch, WAMPO

In this session, representatives from Cambridge Systematics will offer a demonstration of the Data Visualization Methods for Transportation Agencies website, the primary product of NCHRP 08-36 Task 128. The website is intended to help transportation agencies develop data visualization skills, enhance transportation analysis, and raise public engagement to new heights. The site includes examples of great transportation data visualizations covering asset management; connectivity, accessibility, and livability; environment; transit; highway mobility; performance-based planning; freight; safety; socioeconomic; and pedestrian and bicycle. The examples are meant to inspire creativity for practitioners who need to communicate these comments in their daily work (long range plans, freight plans, congestion management processes, asset management plans, etc.).

This talk will detail the Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization’s experience implementing a custom software solution to calculate USDOT’s proposed performance measures for the National Highway System, freight movement, and traffic congestion. It will cover some of the pitfalls and obstacles encountered in the course of using the National Performance Management Research Dataset (NPMRDS) to calculate these measures.

Everyone is talking about Big Data – but how can we ensure that it’s used effectively and isn’t just a buzz word? Catherine Manzo of StreetLight Data, will highlight case studies from key practitioners at the forefront of applying Big Data to complex transportation planning projects, with a focus on the use of data from mobile devices (GPS, cell phones, connected cars, etc.) The presentation will focus on Best and Worst Practices – highlighting when Big Data was used to great benefit and when things did not go as planned. Examples provided will include more traditional transportation issues like transportation demand management, as well as emerging topics like planning EV charging infrastructure and complete streets. The presentation will conclude with a summary of the best and the not-so-great times to apply Big Data to transportation.

Preparing for Automated Vehicles
Presenters:
John Orr, ARC
Jeremy Raw FHWA
Scott Smith, Volpe Center
Tom Williams, Texas A&M Transportation Institute

MPOs are being asked by their policy makers to understand and consider automated vehicle (AV) technologies in their long-range plans, but are struggling with how to address the many uncertainties with these new technologies and the wide range of possible user responses to them. This workshop is part of a continuing discussion to help MPOs better understand the current state of technology and policy with respect to AVs, and to identify the actions they can take today to be better prepared for AV technologies. Brief presentations will be interleaved with discussion, and will include

  • An introduction to AVs and the current state of technology and policy
  • Potential AV impacts
  • Tools and methods for modeling AV impacts
  • Using a performance-based planning process to make timely, evidence-based decisions.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning – Part 2
Presenters:
Yuwen Hou, Rapides Area Planning Commission
Tyler Meyer, Greensboro MPO

In November 2014, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD) approved Rapides Area Planning Commission (RAPC) to conduct a comprehensive study to develop a regional bicycle and pedestrian plan. RAPC will discuss the planning process to develop a comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian plan on the local level for smaller MPOs. This presentation will address issues emerging from the bicycle and pedestrian planning process, including challenges, innovations, public engagement, inter-governmental collaborations and further recommendations.

This presentation will provide a broad understanding of the ways that MPOs can and do influence pedestrian and bicycle mobility in their communities, and delve into a groundbreaking partnership that the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) in North Carolina has undertaken to achieve this goal. The presentation will offer an in-depth discussion of the CAMPO program that leverages multiple partnerships and funding sources to help continue the objectives of the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs.

The Greensboro MPO will discuss how they prioritized sidewalk needs in the recent Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan update using (1) a conceptual model developed in consideration of pedestrian safety and mobility literature and years of experience in the field; and (2) an automated GIS evaluation process to systematically and efficiently evaluate a very large number of roadway segments. The goal is to impart useful perspectives on pedestrian planning and prioritization as well as the use of GIS-automation to facilitate large scale analysis efforts in an efficient manner. An emphasis will be placed on what criteria were selected for this evaluation and why, and how their relative weights were set, as well as on the GIS-automation procedures.

4:00 – 5:45 p.m.

Performance-Based Planning & Programming
Presenters:
Maria Roell, ARC
Saleem Salameh, KYOVA
Audrey Wennink and Joe Zissman, Cambridge Systematics

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) recently made two majors changes to its project evaluation methodology; projects were run through a travel demand model separately for the years 2015 and 2040 and needs metrics and performance metrics were treated separately using big data and modeled data, respectively. The results showed improved clarity in project timing, project necessity and project benefits. Using a new visualization to describe and disseminate the results created an opportunity for deeper understanding of proposed transportation projects for decision makers and the public. This presentation will discuss the implementation and results of the new methodology and the new visualization tool used for dissemination to the public and decision makers.

The KYOVA Interstate Planning Commission chose to explore the performance-based planning process in more detail through the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP-2). KYOVA was awarded a grant to improve their project prioritization process for all the major planning efforts in the MPO. KYOVA used this unique opportunity to come up with a prioritization process that built upon previous plans, drew from ongoing statewide efforts, and borrowed from techniques being applied successfully elsewhere in the country. This presentation will discuss the development of the improved prioritization process.

The Planning for Performance (PFP) Tool is a spreadsheet-based tool developed to help the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) understand the tradeoffs and performance implications of capital budgeting decisions. It was recently used to support development of the five-year MassDOT Capital Investment Plan (CIP). This presentation will include a demonstration of how the PFP Tool works, explain how it was developed and used by MassDOT, and show attendees how the tool can be used for MPO target-setting as required by MAP-21 and the FAST Act.

This presentation will highlight research conducted on project prioritization methodologies used by MPOs to select projects for the TIP and LRTP, and summarize effective approaches for incorporating safety considerations into a project prioritization process. The research investigated processes used by small, medium, and large sized MPOs across the country. To date, the research team has conducted analysis of recent LRTPs and TIPs developed by 55 MPOs. This provided ample insight into the extent to which MPOs use formal project prioritization processes to select projects, and to which they explicitly consider safety when doing so. The research team then interviewed staff from several MPOs to gather in-depth information and document common methods for prioritizing projects using safety criteria, along with the pros and cons of each approach.

Land Use
Presenters:
Craig Casper, PPACG
Chandler Duncan, EDR Group
Brian Fineman, NJTPA
Jennifer Noll, MORPC

This presentation will discuss the process and results of an analysis for the Pikes Peak Area Council of Government (PPACG) of the sensitivity of transportation project benefits to three different land use/socio-economic development scenarios. The presentation will demonstrate how economic evaluation methods can be used in concert with land use development scenarios and travel modelling to identify projects that perform well under multiple futures. This type of process enables practitioners to acknowledge and manage development uncertainty within a transportation project prioritization process.

NJTPA will discuss the development of a new add-in tool developed in partnership with Placeways LLC. The Small Area Land Use Impact Tool (SALUIT) is a computer model for analyzing and visualizing the anticipated impacts of changes to local land use. The model estimates impacts of alternative scenarios using measures important to both local communities and the NJTPA region as a whole. SALUIT works as an add-in to ArcGIS and adds to the capabilities of the ArcGIS extension CommunityViz. The tool helps MPO and local planners more effectively assess, coordinate and communicate transportation, environmental, economic and infrastructure issues.

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) will present on insight2050, an analysis of four regional growth scenarios. The unique collaborative initiative among public and private partners is designed to help communities proactively plan for population growth and changing development preferences over the next 30+ years that are expected to be dramatically different from the past. Led by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), the Columbus District Council of the Urban Land Institute, and Columbus 2020, insight2050 provides data-rich objective information to support community and regional decision-making.

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Reception

Friday, October 28

8:00 – 9:15

Washington Update & Federal Town Hall

9:30 -11:15 a.m.

Corridor Studies
Presenters:
Roxana Ene, Broward MPO
Christopher Evilia, Waco MPO
Elisabeth Schuck, Tindale Oliver
Kevin St. Jacques, Freese & Nichols

Multimodal-focused corridor studies are not a new practice. However, often these types of studies focus on implementing one type of improvement or identifying long-term, high-cost transformative projects rather incorporating short-term “low-hanging fruit” type improvements. In this presentation the Broward MPO will examine the different types of improvements recommended for the SR 7 corridor in Broward County, focusing on three layers of recommendations: immediate corridor-wide improvements, short-term network connectivity projects, and long-term project development concepts, and discusses the intersection of different technical analyses and public outreach methods used to identify each layer.

The Waco MPO will provide an overview of a corridor study being performed within Waco, Texas for an aging, but underutilized freeway corridor traversing an economically depressed region. The study is recommending a redesign of the facility to a boulevard design and restoring the former neighborhood street grid. The presentation will focus on the following discussions: 1.) The planning and design considerations that led up to this recommendation, 2.) The coordination process between the Waco MPO and stakeholder interests along the corridors, and 3.) The coordination between the planning and environmental processes to streamline future project delivery.

How Creative Placemaking can Revolutionize the Public Engagement Process
Presenters:
Rochelle Carpenter, Nashville Area MPO
Duncan Hwang, APANO
Ben Stone, Smart Growth America
Laura Zabel, Springboard for the Arts

Transportation for America (T4A), along with, the Nashville MPO, Springboard for the Arts, and APANO will offer a panel session on how creative placemaking is changing community engagement in the transportation planning process.

Springboard for the Arts, a Minneapolis based non-profit focused on economic development through art, will present on how creative placemaking helped the

Met Council overcome strong concerns from the business community that the new light rail “Green Line” would cause irreparable harm to the businesses located along the line.

APANO will present on how they worked to address concerns about displacement over the proposed Powell-Division Bus Rapid Transit. Metro convened a diverse steering committee (state DOT, city Councilors, commissioners, local nonprofits, community groups and business districts, watershed council, local colleges, state legislator, health/equity/environment groups, major employers) to guide the alignment and planning around the line. Metro worked closely with the local chapter of the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), to utilize arts and culture to heavily involve existing community members, while providing a way to voice and begin to address concerns about gentrification and displacement.

The Nashville Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will present on how they dedicated staff time to engage a local Latino services organization, Conéxion Americas, in planning a corridor with a new bus line. Project partners, including artists Jairo and Susan Prado, developed a vision for a colorfully painted, bilingual crosswalk (with instructions in both English and Spanish) as the first desired transportation improvement. This crosswalk serves a few goals: first, it connects their headquarters at the community center Casa Azafrán with the local bus stop and parking spots for staff and visitors. Second, it solidifies the corridor as a home for the Latino community.

10:00 – 11:15 a.m.

Downtown Fort Worth Walking Tour
$20/person

Discover the history and legends of the City Where the West Begins – the last bastion of civilization before the traveler passed into Indian Territory. On this walking tour, follow your guide as you saunter down the sidewalks and quaint brick streets of Cowtown just like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The city boasts fine examples of architecture from every era, including the court house made famous in many Walker Texas Ranger episodes. Follow in the steps of saints and sinners – cowboys and cattle barons – railroad workers and the earliest oil men. Your guide will tell you about the early days of the Fort built in 1848. Why was it built here? Why is it called Panther City?

Highlights of the Tour:

  • Tarrant County Courthouse
  • Sundance Square
  • Fire House #1
  • General Worth Square
  • Hotel Texas
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Hell’s Half Acre
  • Texas and Pacific Station

*The tour group will leave promptly at 10:00, please meet at the registration desk at 9:45 a.m.*