This webinar originally aired Oct. 16 and was the second of two sessions offered by Reconnecting America as part of Transportation for America's technical assistance program for the MAP-21 Implementation project. In this session, MAP-21 subgrantees learned about the benefits, best practices, and collaborative strategies for developing regional transportation performance measurements in their advocacy for better planning at the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) and state levels. The session focused on:
How regions can develop performance measures that relate to state and federal goals,
How regions can collaborate with states to set goals and measures for the region's livability and multi-modal transportation options, and,
How regions are actively measuring transportation progress and demonstrating it to the public.
Jeff Wood, Reconnecting America's New Media Director and Chief Cartographer, participated in a radio program on Bay Area station KALW on Sept. 10.
The Your Call program featured a conversation about how the expansion of mass transit system would affect economic productivity. The show discussed Reconnecting America's Moving to Work in the Bay Area report and new research by UC Berkeley showing that depending on the size of a city, the economic value of transit could be worth anywhere from $1.5 million to almost $2 billion dollars a year.
In addition to Wood, program host Rose Aquilar's guests included Dan Chatman, assistant professor of city and regional planning at UC Berkeley, and Debbie Hale, Executive Director Contract Performance Goals and Objectives The Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC).
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This is the first of two sessions offered by the Center for Neighborhood Technology as part of Transportation for America's technical assistance program. In this session, CNT trained MAP-21 subgrantees on the most effective use of the H+T Index in their advocacy for better planning at the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) and state levels. The session focused on:
How to use the "State of the Region" Fact Sheets produced by CNT, including accurate interpretation of the data and metrics.
How to talk about the H+T Index with MPO staff and other stakeholders
How coalition members might frame the data and metrics for their region and with their MPO
This training session was conducted Aug. 26 in Detroit at Wayne State University and broadcast to other subgrantees via webinar.
This video is from the August 14 webinar.
Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) are critical sustainability partners and play an important role in planning and programming federal and state transportation funds. Current federal surface transportation legislation, referred to as MAP-21, includes several provisions that allow regions to advance sustainability projects such as transit-oriented development (TOD), bicycling and pedestrian trails, joint development, placemaking, and complete street policies, among other investments. This webinar explores provisions within federal transportation funding that regions can use now to begin implementing their sustainability plans. The mysteries behind acronyms such as CMAQ, STPP, TIP and TAP are revealed, including how these can each be used to support sustainability investments. Examples of MPOs utilizing the authority and flexibility within were shared, together with examples of how state and local funding are also being tapped to…
Slides used in the video are available below.
Transit planning is well underway, lines have been built, but what more can partners do to leverage the potential of their networks to support transit-oriented districts and economic development goals? How can we ensure that new investment and development actually leverage our transit assets? What strategies will address equity issues like risk of displacement or training residents near transit for the jobs that transit connects? And how does one answer these questions for the tens, if not hundreds of stops in a transit system?
This webinar highlights an approach that many regions are taking to answer these difficult questions: the Regional TOD Strategy. Experts from the Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and Seattle regions discussed their experiences with developing, communicating and implementing regional TOD strategies that are grounded in an implementation, place-based typology approach that prioritizes station areas for different types of…
On May 29, Reconnecting America President & CEO John Robert Smith gave the morning keynote address at the Tennessee Obesity Task Force gathering in Nashville. Later, he was interviewed and that interview was recorded. Click on the links below to watch the video on each topic.
Reconnecting America President & CEO John Robert Smith was in Mobile, AL, this week to address the Gulf Coast Passenger Rail Summit. At the summit Smith was interviewed by Ron Reams of NüzzApp, a Gulf Coast regional news website.
Reconnecting America has introduced a video section on their MITOD Action Guide website. The new section will feature video interviews of experts in the housing, transportation and community development fields. The videos will be linked to the various strategies andtools listed throughout the MITOD Action Guide. The videos will offer additional insight on tools and strategies used to create affordable housing near transit from people who work with these issues daily.
The Center For Transit-Oriented Development held a webinar on "Making Joint Development Work: Perspectives from the Federal, Transit Agency and Business Roles." The webinar was co-sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration and the American Public Transportation Association.