2040 RTP Community Advisory Committee/Core Technical Team #1


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Presentation made to the 2040 RTP Community Advisory Committee and Core Technical Team 7.25.12 & 7.16.12. The presentation introduces the purpose of the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan, goals and challenges, land use and transportation integration, and the concept of performance-based planning.

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  • Welcome and acknowledge TPO/RPA Executives
  • Welcome and acknowledge TPO/RPA Executives
  • Mention 3 departments and several staff working on this effort, encourage attendees to meet everyone after the meeting. Have consultants introduce themselves then introductions of attendees asking for them to mention if they have a particular transportation interest or link in their organization to transportation issues.
  • Explain the TPO, geographic representation, and process
  • The purpose of a plan is multifaceted and should consider all of these elements and more.
  • In thinking about the big picture of planning for our future transportation system, we must balance our wants with our needs. There are a variety of transportation modes and facilities, but this plan, though it incorporates planning of air, rail, and waterway, is funded specifically to address the function of streets, highway network, and transit systems.Sources:InrixFreight StudyCensusUS Dept Health and Human Service Administration on agingBrookingsUniversity of Illinois Study on link time in car to obesity
  • Lots goes into the development of the plan’s themes, goals, and strategies. From this we begin to prepare the revenue forecasting, assess scenario planning outcomes, and begin project evaluation. Before the plan can be drafted projects must be prioritized to ensure what the feds refer to as a “financially feasible” plan. A draft is presented for review, the plan is revised and submitted to the public for comment and time for response/re-evaluation of project selection, and then a final document submitted for federal air quality conformity approval which is due in March of 2014.
  • Stephen
  • Need an approach that addresses the varying perspectives not just those that attend workshops and charrettes
  • Tracy
  • TracyOverview of federal requirements for metropolitan transportation plan development
  • TracyAfter four years and 9 extensions, new transportation authorization bill finally signed into law. Overview of MAP-21.27 month extension as opposed to 6-year funding bill.Not a major overhaul, but several noteworthy items..
  • TracyHighlight performance-based plan requirements of MAP-21, and why this shift.Overview of how this will be phased in..
  • PeterAs Melissa noted early on, we have initiated our next major transportation plan update..We have asked you here today, to be a part of that process…to help us navigate and develop our next transportation plan.This is all part of our continuing cycle to address our region’s needs…
  • Peter..and those needs are many.Start to bring in Chattanooga specifics, outlining the many needs of the region in the context of dwindling resources.
  • PeterMake sure to do quick overview of federal funding programs…Overview of funding issues at national level through HTF. Should also hit on funding decline at state and local level as well.Note that historically 80% of project funding from the feds…this trend is obviously changing…shift towards non-federal sources of funds, etc
  • PeterChattanooga does currently have a plan in place – the 2035 RTP. This plan made significant strides in striking a balance between modes of transportation, funding for maintaining existing system versus new capacity, etc…The plan does make progress towards addressing mobility needs…setting foundation for more multimodal system…system preservation…etc..In addition…created strong platform for addressing needs emphasized by federal government through MAP-21 (preservation, sustainability, ..)Making progress towards areas encouraged through legislation…
  • PeterHowever, significant challenges continue….growing needs (e.g., aging population, system preservation needs) and even more limited revenue in the future..Reason we are stressing needs versus funding is strategic project prioritization will really be critical in moving this plan forward…finding right balance within limited funds…
  • PeterAs a result, we need to shift to a new way of doing business…doing more with less…
  • TimOne of the ways Chattanooga is addressing these challenges is through exploring the impacts of different land development alternatives, as a means to help us get the most out of our existing system…To better inform our planning…To better educate the public on relationship between land use decision making and transportation choices…etc
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/tasuki/3503304405/Surprise!! Most plans are transportation focusedMAP 21 Legislation(h) Scope of Planning Process.--(1) In general.--The metropolitan planning process for a metropolitan planning area under this section shall provide for consideration of projects and strategies that will(A) support the economic vitality of the metropolitan area, especially by enabling global competitiveness, productivity, and efficiency; (B) increase the safety of the transportation system for motorized and nonmotorized users; (C) increase the security of the transportation system for motorized and nonmotorized users; (D) increase the accessibility and mobility of people and for freight; (E) protect and enhance the environment, promote energy conservation, improve the quality of life, and promote consistency between transportation improvements and State and local planned growth and economic development patterns; (F) enhance the integration and connectivity of the transportation system, across and between modes, for people and freight; (G) promote efficient system management and operation; and (H) emphasize the preservation of the existing transportation system.
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/farayi/2450870894/sizes/z/in/photostream/Congestion Focused
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/elasticsoul/19939909/sizes/l/in/photostream/Speed and Travel Time Focused
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/drmillerlg/3313331314/sizes/l/in/photostream/Mode of Travel Focused
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/22435484@N06/3898863217/sizes/z/in/photostream/Transportation Safety and Security Focused
  • http://goldberg.berkeley.edu/art/big-images/doi-box-hi-res.jpgTraditional method of evaluating the impact of future transportation projects……Integrated with land use model result in better socioecomic forecasting …. supply sided approach from land use model provides greater level of detail and sophistication …..
  • Map showing just the transportation network. Any guesses where this is?
  • Hamilton Place Mall, a major regional shopping destination
  • Main points: land use context matters, land use context changes, land use influences the transport network, the transport network influences land uses
  • The connection between land use and transportation is everywhere once you start looking for it. The connections aren’t always straightforward and can be complex at times. Lets play a game to illustrate…Stump the Planner: A Land Use / Transportation GameName a land use and I’ll name a transportation impactName a transportation model, facility and I’ll name a land use impact
  • New development in anywhere USA, on the outskirts of the city. Increased traffic from development may require improving transportation facilities.
  • What if the development looks like this…
  • Or this….
  • Or this….The type, density and design of the land uses start to become very important to transportation network
  • But what happens once the transportation facilities are improved (widened)?
  • Hope I’ve convinced you about the importance of the land use / transportation connection. So how do we deal with this when planning future transportation projects….Need better tools and processes for decision making. Enter scenario planning…….
  • Enter scenario planningScenario Planning is a tool / process for identifying and assessing future growth alternatives. It provides a framework for developing a shared vision for the future by analyzing various forces that affect communities.
  • Scenario planning allows you to ask a series of what if questions and compare potential future scenarios
  • Scenario planning allows you to consider other impacts, not traditionally associated with transportation planningLivability MOE graphicEveryone has a different definition of livability. Livability is how much to you experience and enjoy a city. (Tim’s definition)You can’t experience the city if you don’t go out into it or can’t afford to live in it.http://www.flickr.com/photos/luiggie_san/5111743731/sizes/z/in/photostream/
  • Scenario planning allows you to consider other impacts, not traditionally associated with transportation planningHealth MOE graphichttp://www.flickr.com/photos/table4five/1335215909/sizes/o/in/photostream/
  • Scenario planning allows you to consider other impacts, not traditionally associated with transportation planningEconomic Development MOE graphichttp://www.flickr.com/photos/drmillerlg/3355520628/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  • Why will the land use transport connection be used in the planning process?How will the land use transport connection be used in the planning process?Some goals unachievable with just transportation, need land use policies as wellEvaluate projects based on desired land usesEducate on the land use transportation connection
  • TracyWe’ve hit on the multiple challenges that must be addressed as part of plan development, and some of the more innovative ways this region will be tackling its transportation issues. As we proceed into plan development, we need a structured way to link the investments that we make through the plan, back to our regional needs. We have committed to a performance-based plan approach to help us do this.
  • TracyCritical that we proceed through plan development with clear organizing principles in place ensure transparent decision making process in an extremely competitive funding environmentA means to help us balance often competing needsTransparencyEnsure the investments made at the tail end align with needs identified early in the processOverview of steps of performance-based plan development as mechanism to do this.2035 RTP performance frameworkSet of goals and objectives that align with federal planning factorsSystems-level performance measures applied to evaluate draft 2035 plan2040 RTP – evolve our processMore strategic wording and focusAll steps includedEnsure alignment with new MAP-21 requirementsPerformance measures to support systems and project-level evaluation.
  • Tracy transition to Stephen
  • Stephen
  • Melissa
  • 2040 RTP Community Advisory Committee/Core Technical Team #1

    1. 1. 2040 Regional Transportation PlanCore Technical TeamKickoff MeetingJuly 26, 2012 Chattanooga-Hamilton County/N. GA Transportation Planning Organization
    2. 2. Plan Team & IntroductionsRegional Planning Agency Cambridge Systematics, Inc.Melissa Taylor, Project Lead Peter Haliburton, Project ManagerBetsy Evans, Public Process & Air Quality David Kall, Deputy Project ManagerOversight Tracy Selin, Project AdvisorPhil Pugliese, Multimodal PlanningJenny Park, Communications & PublicMeeting Liaison Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc.Yuen Lee, Socioeconomic Data James Collins, Project Director& Modeling Oversight Kenny Monroe, Project ManagerTim Moreland, Scenario PlanningDevelopment & Modeling Liaison Zhiyong Guo, Task Manager ModelingKaren Hundt, Complete Streets Liaison & Stephen Stansbery, Task Manager OutreachGraphics/Website SupportMelony Collins, Graphic Designer
    3. 3. TPO StructureChattanooga-Hamilton County/North GeorgiaTransportation Planning Organization - 29 member regional policy board - staffed by the Regional Planning Agency - a mandated mid to long-range plan produced every four years with a 20-year horizon - federally funded planning enabling federally funded transportation projects - legislative requirements including air quality standards
    6. 6. Core Technical Team & Community Advisory CommitteeWHY ARE YOU HERE?
    7. 7. Chambers of Commerce Commuters Bicyclists & FHWA Pedestrians Local Leaders Hospitals GDOTWe need a strategy for balancing Competing Interests! NewDevelopers Visitors Residents Economic Development Environmentalists Business TDOT Owners
    8. 8. Community Advisory Committee• Sounding board for ideas and suggestions from the public and project team• Assisting in making recommendations to the TPO regarding multimodal elements of the Plan• Helping get the word out to promote public involvement and public workshop attendance• Four (4) meetings
    9. 9. Core Technical Team• Helping to identify future transportation projects• Reviewing and comment on project materials• Providing technical expertise• Assisting with project evaluation and policies• Four (4) meetings
    10. 10. Public Outreach Activities Targeted and Effective• Community Advisory Committee (CAC)• Core Technical Team (CTT)• Public Input Questionnaire• Key Stakeholder Interviews• Project Workshops• Leadership Symposiums• Plan Publications
    11. 11. Key Meeting Dates COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE + CORE TECHNICAL TEAM Community leaders and technical experts comprise these two committees, whose input will help form plan goals and validate recommendations. Meeting #1: July 25-26, 2012 Meeting #3: January 2013 Status report to committees: Late August Meeting #4: Mid March 2013 Meeting #2: Mid October 2012 Status report to committees: April 2013 Status report to committees: Late November LEADERSHIP SYMPOSIUMS WORKSHOPS Large forum events where regional initiatives, Transit Aspirations: August 22, 2012 strategies, and integration are contemplated Visioning: Mid October 2012 by political and community leaders from throughout the region Priorities: January 2013 Visioning Event: August 23, 2012 Draft Fiscally Constrained Plan: Mid May 2013 Project Summit: Early December 2012 STAKEHOLDER INTERVIEWS PUBLIC MEETINGS One-on-one and small group interviews with Community Open House (kickoff): key community figures, agencies, service August 23, 2012 providers, and other relevant groups. Community Open House: Early August 21-24, 2012 December 2012 Mid October 2012 Final Plan Open House: October 2013
    13. 13. MAP-21• Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act• 27-month transportation funding authorization• Several noteworthy changes from previous law – Increased metropolitan planning funds – Consolidated, flexible funding programs – Streamlined project delivery incentives – Increased funding for safety – Increased support for innovative finance strategies – Expands tolling opportunities
    14. 14. MAP-21 (continued)• Heavy emphasis on performance-based plan development• Improved accountability through state and regional performance demonstrations• Defines national goals areas for which plans must demonstrate progress – Safety – Infrastructure condition – Congestion reduction – System reliability – Freight movement and economic vitality – Environmental sustainability – Reduced project delivery delays
    15. 15. Developing the 2040 Regional Transportation PlanCHALLENGES & TRENDS
    16. 16. Many Challenges to AddressOur regional transportation plan mustaddress many needs: – Mobility and access – Economic competitiveness – Safety and security – Environmental impacts and quality of life – Maintenance and operations of existing network…all in a climate of declining resources!
    17. 17. Federal Highway Trust Fund
    18. 18. The 2035 Plan• Approved March 2010• Increased emphasis on alternative modes of transport• Additional system preservation funding Alternative Roadway Modes Capacity 21% 51% System Preservation & Safety 28%
    19. 19. Growing Needs, Limited Revenue• Significant, unfunded needs identified for 2035 Plan• Unfunded gap is expected to increase for 2040 Plan – Declining Highway Trust Fund Revenue – Aging Transportation Infrastructure – Growing Travel Demand Costs ($B) 2035 Plan Total Project Needs $7.0B 2.9 Funded Needs $4.1B (59%) 4.1 (Based on Available Revenues) Unfunded Needs $2.9B (41%) (Includes 45 projects) Funded Needs Unfunded Needs
    20. 20. Paradigm Shift• New approach to long range planning in the Chattanooga/N. GA region• Doing more with less – Integrated land use planning Multimodal, Healthy, and – Less (new) capacity Sustainable 2040 Plan – Better management of existing infrastructure – Smart networks that use technology and information – Demonstrated return on investment
    21. 21. Brief Intermission 10 Minutes
    22. 22. Forever ConnectedLAND USE & TRANSPORTATION
    23. 23. Traditional Transportation PlanPhoto by taѕuki (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
    24. 24. Traditional Transportation PlanPhoto by Farai (CC BY-NC 2.0)
    25. 25. Traditional Transportation PlanPhoto by KellyK (CC BY-SA 2.0)
    26. 26. Traditional Transportation PlanPhoto by Larry Miller (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
    27. 27. Traditional Transportation PlanPhoto by Stephen C. Webster (CC BY 2.0)
    28. 28. Traditional Tools of the Trade
    29. 29. Transportation Network (out of context)Any guesses where this is?
    30. 30. Transportation Network (in context)Hamilton Place Mall
    31. 31. Transportation Network (out of context)How about this area?
    32. 32. Transportation Network (in context)Land use context matters
    33. 33. The Land Use Connection
    34. 34. We need better tools for decision making
    35. 35. Scenario PlanningModeling Tool Process
    36. 36. Scenario Planning
    37. 37. Integrated Transportation PlanPhoto by Elizabeth?Table4Five (CC BY 2.0)
    38. 38. Integrated Transportation PlanPhoto by taѕuki (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
    39. 39. Scenario Development
    40. 40. An Approach to Informed Decision MakingPERFORMANCE-BASED PLANNING
    41. 41. Performance Based Planning• Provides context for plan Goals and Objectives development• Supports identification of Performance Measures key metrics to track positive Quality Data outcomes• Allows MPO to manage Target Setting expectations• Supports transparency in Allocate Resources competitive funding environment Measure and Report Results
    42. 42. Establishing a Foundation for SuccessGOALS AND OBJECTIVES EXERCISE
    43. 43. Upcoming Meeting Dates and Activities (see handout)NEXT STEPS
    44. 44. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” -Thomas A. Edison