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.
Communities across the country have used the Center for Neighborhood Technology's (CNT) Housing + Transportation (H+T)® Affordability Index to more fully grasp and act on the relationship between development patterns, transportation behavior and household transportation costs.
This training and discussion explored how to effectively use the H+T Affordability Index for performance measures and in support of regional transportation planning under MAP-21. The training was held Sept. 30 in New Orleans, LA, by the Center for Planning Excellence and the Louisiana Public Health Institute and made available via webinar.
The two main goals of this session:
To demonstrate how H+T Affordability data and metrics may be used in the development of performance measures for regional transportation plans; and
To explore how MPOs and state DOTs might make effective use of H+T data and metrics for walkability, transit access, employment…
In the wake of the 2008 economic downturn, Cleveland, Ohio, along with other former industrial US cites, faced severe financial difficulties. While a tough regional economy and shrinking population forced many of the surrounding cities to cut public services and reduce jobs in the public and private sectors, Cleveland managed to transform a modest $50 million investment in bus rapid transit into $5.8 billion in new transit-oriented development. By putting bus rapid transit (BRT) along a strategic corridor and concentrating government redevelopment efforts there, Cleveland managed to leverage $114.54 dollars of new transit-oriented investment for every dollar it invested into the BRT system, adding jobs and revitalizing the city center.
A growing number of American cities are promoting transit-oriented development1 (TOD) in order to combat congestion and other problems associated with sprawling, car-dominated suburban growth. Many are planning rail-based mass transit…
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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…
DC.StreetsBlog.org described the day's fireworks with the headline "Amtrak Foe Mica Meets His Match in John Robert Smith." Streetsblog's Capitol Hill editor Tanya Snyder offered a detailed summary of the exchange between Smith and MIca, the "self-appointed Amtrak bully-in-chief."
Reconnecting America President & CEO John Robert Smith has been asked to testify at a hearing before the House Subcommittee on Railsroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials. The title of the hearing is "The Role of Innovative Finance in Intercity Passenger Rail." A former mayor of Meridian, Miss., and former chairman of the Amtrak board, Smith has been an longtime proponent on investment in transportation infrastructure and, in particular, intertcity rail.
Chairman Denham, Ranking Member Brown, and members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to testify today. I am John Robert Smith, Co-Chair of Transportation for America, the country’s broadest and most diverse transportation coalition. Our members hail from the fields of transportation, housing, environment, public health, real estate, safety, and social equity, representing more than 500 different organizations. I am also the President and CEO of Reconnecting America, a national nonprofit that integrates transportation and community development. Reconnecting America is the managing partner of the Center for Transit-Oriented Development, which conducts research and promotes best practices in development along transit lines.
I would like to thank the Subcommittee for holding this hearing on the role of innovative finance in intercity passenger rail. Functional, safe, and efficient transportation systems are one of the cornerstones upon which this…
Reconnecting America President & CEO John Robert Smith gave the National League of Cities Summer Policy Forum an update on the current Amtrak reauthorization legislation. Smith, the former mayor of Meridian, MS, is a member of the League's Transportation and Infrastructure Services Committee.
The American Public Transportation Association will hold its 2013 Sustainability and Public Transportation Workshop in San Francisco July 28-30. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and the San Francisco Bay Area Transportation District (BART) will host the event at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in Union Square.