The National RTAP Transit Manager’s Toolkit has been thoroughly updated in May 2019 with new content, resources, charts, explanations, and more. Join Beth Hamby, KFH Group Senior Associate, and Cara Marcus, National RTAP Resource Center Manager, for an overview of the updated toolkit’s sections, features, and functionality.
Public Involvement is much more than posting notices and holding public hearings. Public participation involves creative thinking, with willingness and ability to interact openly to the public’s preferred forms of communication. It is about being sensitive to disparate needs and conflicting priorities. It is about giving the public an opportunity to influence transportation decision-making. This course walks the talk by employing public involvement techniques as the means of conveying the key learning outcomes. It is a joint effort among FTA’s Office of Planning, NTI, the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Office of Planning, and the National Highway Institute (NHI) and was recently updated to reflect changes in the Federal Transportation reauthorization.
This course does not focus on the NEPA process, but on more general strategies and tools of engaging the public.
Transit operators, metropolitan planning organization personnel, federal, state, local transportation agency staff, consultants, and others who are responsible for planning, implementing, or participating in any phase of the public involvement process.
Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
- Identify public involvement challenges
- Describe U.S. DOT transportation decision-making processes, including those that trigger the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
- Describe the relationship between public involvement and decision-making
- Develop a public involvement plan with stakeholder assistance that includes attention to non-traditional populations as an evaluation component
- Describe interest-based problem solving and their underlying values
- Identify ways to enhance public involvement plans
- $650.00 for Contractor, Consulting, Non-USA Transportation or Government Agency, Other, Non-Profit (USA only).
- Free for all others.
Barbara Van Dyke
The Every Day Counts-5 (EDC-5) Virtual Public Involvement (VPI) team is pleased to announce the second installment of the Extending Our Reach Public Involvement webinar series scheduled for June 25, 2019, from 2:00PM to 3:30PM (ET). The webinar will feature National leaders in public involvement who will share their experiences in adopting, implementing, and monitoring the effectiveness of innovative public involvement tools and strategies. Presenters will highlight the following public involvement techniques: Building a Social Media Presence, Targeted Online Ads, and Telephone Town Halls. Following each presentation, the audience can participate in a robust Q/A session with the guest presenters. The Webinar’s presenters and logistical information can be found below. For more information, please contact Scott Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-366-2650.
The travel demands generated by new development will impact both transportation networks in the immediate area and the broader area of the development which arises as a result of cumulative development. The reduced availability of funds for expansion of the local road network has hindered many locals from upgrading infrastructure to meet increasing travel demand resulting from new growth. Without developer contribution, new growth, vitality and levels of service would be seriously compromised.
Value Capture: Developer Contribution Techniques can help the local authority recover a portion of the cost of roadway network and infrastructure services that is needed to accommodate population and employment growth resulted from the new development. Developer Contributions are public-private partnerships sharing infrastructure services costs resulting from new development including a variety of mechanisms by which developers can contribute directly to the provision of infrastructure and community facilities, including Development impact and Negotiated Development Contributions.
Our speakers will provide an overview of Developer Contributions and case studies including Development Negotiated Exaction and Impact Fees including the processes, requirements, accounting & administration, leveraging state and federal funds, and much more. After successfully completing this webinar, participants will understand the benefits and applicability of Developer Contributions as a Value Capture Technique to bridge the gap between the cost of new infrastructure and available funds as well as help reduce the economic burden on local jurisdictions that are dealing with growth within the area.
People who have a visual impairment face some unique challenges when it comes to travel. What strategies can they use to bicycle safely? How do they orient and travel in unfamiliar communities? How does signage, lighting and other environmental characteristics affect their use of vision, hearing, and other senses during travel? What do they consider when selecting a travel option? After exploring some of these challenges, we will discuss considerations those designing and supporting travel infrastructures may reflect on so that travel options are user friendly and accessible to those with a variety of visual impairments.