2040 RTP Leadership Symposium 8.24.12


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Presentation for the Leadership Symposium held at the Chattanoogan Hotel 8.24.12 as a visioning effort for the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan

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2040 RTP Leadership Symposium 8.24.12

  1. 1. 2040 Regional Transportation PlanLeadership SymposiumAugust 23, 2012 Chattanooga-Hamilton County/N. GA Transportation Planning Organization
  2. 2. 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
  5. 5. Core Technical Team & Community Advisory CommitteeWHY ARE YOU HERE?
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. Disconnect between agency and community values
  8. 8. But now communities understand it is about“lead or be led”... “…In the absence of a plan, someone else will make the decision for you”
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. MAP-21• Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act• 27-month transportation funding authorization – Heavy emphasis on performance-based plan development – 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
  11. 11. Developing the 2040 Regional Transportation PlanCHALLENGES & TRENDS
  12. 12. 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!
  13. 13. Federal Highway Trust Fund
  14. 14. 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 2.9Funded Needs $4.1B (59%)(Based on Available Revenues) 4.1Unfunded Needs $2.9B (41%)(Includes 45 projects) Funded Needs Unfunded Needs
  15. 15. An Approach to Informed Decision MakingPLANNING THEME GROUP DISCUSSION
  16. 16. Planning Themes Mobility and Connectivity Environment/Greenprint Economic Vitality Regional Collaboration
  17. 17. Planning ThemesMOBILITY AND CONNECTIVITY
  18. 18. Transportation Mobility “…best achieved by blending connectivity and access with the preservation of natural features and unique community character”
  19. 19. (Tl, Lt)Establish a Framework for Planning How will you consider Land use and Transportation?
  20. 20. What do thesestreets have incommon? They’re exceeding V/C and “need” to be widened…
  21. 21. What’s it really all about? “Connecting people with places through quality choices”
  22. 22. Discussion Questionsa) What land development patterns are most challenging for our communities?b) Is their an appetite for managing access along critical corridors? How?c) How should we prioritize multimodal investments in Rural, Suburban, and Urban locations?
  23. 23. Planning ThemesENVIRONMENT/GREENPRINT
  24. 24. Housing Units Per Square Kilometer, 1960 Source: USDA Forest Service; Volker Radeloff (University of Wisconsin) and Ann Ingerson (The Wilderness Society). More info available Source: USDA Forest Service; Volker Radeloff (University of Wisconsin) and Ann Ingerson (The Wilderness Society). More info at the Catawbathe Catawba Lands Conservancy website, www.catawbalands.org) available at Lands Conservancy website, www.catawbalands.org)
  25. 25. Housing Units Per Square Kilometer, 2010 Source: USDA Forest Service; Volker Radeloff (University of Wisconsin) and Ann Ingerson (The Wilderness Society). More info available at the Catawba Lands Conservancy website, www.catawbalands.org)
  26. 26. The Region’s Natural Heritage Streams Natural Heritage Sites Lakes Rivers Forests
  27. 27. What is Green Infrastructure?• An interconnected network of green space that conserves natural ecosystem values and functions, and provides associated benefits to human populations. It consists of: – Creeks, streams, rivers & lakes – Forested lands – Ridge lines – Wetlands – Habitats for native plants and animals• The natural systems and ecological processes that sustain all life on our planet
  28. 28. Air Quality – Struggle and Success
  29. 29. Questions for Considerationa) What green spaces or environments are the greatest value in the region; what is needed to protect them?b) Is there a Regional Vision for greenspace? Do we need one? Who should lead it?c) Transportation funding is tied to air quality conformity. What is your community willing to do to support improved air quality?
  30. 30. Planning ThemesECONOMIC VITALITY
  31. 31. Population• Total MSA population of Comparison of Population Trends, 1990-2010 528,143 in 2010 600,000• Chattanooga MSA grew by City of Chattanooga Chattanooga MSA 500,000 10.8% between 2000 and 400,000 2010, faster than Hamilton Population County (9.3%) or the City of 300,000 Chattanooga (7.2%) 200,000• Approximately 63.7% of the 100,000 MSA residents live in 0 1990 2000 2010 Hamilton County• City of Chattanooga captured 21.8% of the 2000-2010 MSA growth
  32. 32. Jobs, Jobs, Jobs… “Unemployment has the biggest impact on the economic health of the region.”
  33. 33. What Are They Looking For?• Work Force• Land• Access• Business Climate• Utilities• Schools• Quality of Life
  34. 34. Questions for Considerationa) What are the greatest transportation priorities that will ensure that the region is well positioned to be competitive coming out of the recession?b) What role should transportation play is contributing to the vitality of the region?c) What transportation policy needs to change in order for our area to be successful.
  35. 35. Planning ThemesREGIONAL COLLABORATION
  36. 36. Laying the Foundation• I have to admit that as a municipal official, I never thought I would be in support of regional property tax sharing.• However, we at the local level have to change our mindset about the ways we look at economic development.• As local officials we can no longer be constrained by development strategies limited to our towns’ borders.• We can no longer operate as islands onto ourselves. To do so will continue a formula for failure that we cannot afford. Bob Vein, Mayor, Town of Putnam, CT & Chairman of NEC COG
  37. 37. Opportunities for Collaboration• Economic Development• Environmental Stewardship• Growth & Development• Water & Sewer Infrastructure• Transportation• Education & Workforce Development
  38. 38. Opportunities for Collaboration Theory of Change Map / CRT -Public Policy Research Institute and Lincoln Institute Joint Venture
  39. 39. Working Across BoundariesA Continuum of Responses
  40. 40. Group Discussiona) How well is the region performing on the collaboration of regional issues?b) What big issues would the region benefit from greater collaboration?c) What is the legacy of this project for regional collaboration?
  41. 41. Establishing a Foundation for SuccessMOBILITY MAPPING EXERCISE
  42. 42. Mobility Chip Exercise Interchange Improvement
  43. 43. What’s in a Chip?Chip Elements Chip Types Future NetworkDesign FeaturesInfrastructureTechnologyOperations
  44. 44. Your Budget…Transportation Investment Cost per Mile # of Chips Value per Chip Value ($ Millions) ($ Millions) ($ Millions)Road Widening 2 15 4 60Roadway New Location 4 10 8 80Multimodal Street Improvement 1 10 2 20Rapid Transit 20 10 40 400Bus Transit 0.5 15 1 15Multi-Use Path/Greenway 0.5 10 1 10Interchange Improvement 10 5 10 50 TOTAL 75 66 635 • Each Chip Equals 2 Miles of Improvements • Over 140 Miles Worth of Investment plus 5 Interchange Improvements • Total Budget: $635 Million
  45. 45. The Toolbox
  46. 46. Road Widening 2 Miles Source: Dan Burden
  47. 47. Roadway New Location 2 Miles
  48. 48. Multimodal Street Improvement 2 Miles Source: CompleteStreets.org • Emphasis on bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure • Connected pathways and bikeways
  49. 49. Bus Transit (Local or Express Service) 2 Miles Fixed Route Downtown Shuttle Mocs Express Bus Stops
  50. 50. Rapid Transit (Bus Rapid Transit & Light Rail) 2 Miles
  51. 51. Multi-Use Path/Greenway 2 MilesBicyclists &Pedestrians
  52. 52. Interchange Improvements Interchange Improvement
  53. 53. Process in a NutshellBuild a transportation scenario Interchange Improvementfor the RTP study areaThe process (in a nutshell):1. What is your vision?2. Dump out the Chips3. Decide what projects- ideas are important4. Arrange chips on map5. Trade: Add or Remove Chips6. Stick down chips7. Present Map to Group
  54. 54. Workshop Exercise - InstructionsEach group will be ledby a facilitatorIn the first 10 minutes you should:• Introduce yourselves!•Discuss your transportation vision.• Make sure you have all the materials(pens, chipsets, and chipset guides)• Familiarize yourself with theworkshop map and its legend, colors,and symbols
  55. 55. InstructionsNext, your facilitator willintroduce and explain thechip materials:•Chipset Instructions•Chip Trading GuideBy 11:30 or so, your groupshould be wrapping uparranging chips on the mapand be ready to present!
  56. 56. InstructionsNext, your group should• Create a name for the map• Record your Table #• Select someone to present it to all of the workshop participants
  57. 57. Establishing a Foundation for SuccessMOBILITY CHIP EXERCISE &PRESENTATIONS
  58. 58. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” -Thomas A. Edison