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Regional Transportation Planning an Introduction

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This presentation was originally given to Dr. Lu's Regional and Environmental Planning class at Valdosta State University on March 7, 2013.

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Regional Transportation Planning an Introduction

  1. 1. Regional Transportation Planning Valdosta State University March 7, 2013
  2. 2. Introductions• Name• Major• Why are you interested in planning?• Top transportation question/concern Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
  3. 3. What have you Learned?• What have you learned about planning?• What do you find interesting about it?• Disinteresting? Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
  4. 4. Agenda• History• Federal/State Laws• Planning Process• Current Trends• Local Issues Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
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  6. 6. History of Transportation Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
  7. 7. History of Transportation Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
  8. 8. History of Transportation Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
  9. 9. History of Transportation Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
  10. 10. History of Transportation Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
  11. 11. History of Transportation Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
  12. 12. History of Transportation Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
  13. 13. Future of Transportation Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
  14. 14. A Balancing Act• Planning is…• Politics, Politics, Politics – All politics are local, state and federal• Regulations, Regulations, Regulations – You cannot just do what you want to do• What is best for our community, region, state, nation Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
  15. 15. Transportation Laws• Federal Highway Act of 1956 – Interstates• Federal-aid Highway Act of 1962 – Planning process – Metropolitan Planning Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
  16. 16. Federal Laws• ISTEA – 1991, $158 B – Intermodal Approach, More power for MPOs• TEA-21 – 1998, $218 B – Economic vitality, safety and security, mobility, environment, connectivity, efficiency, preservation• SAFETEA-LU – 2005, $286 B – Transit and multi-modal approach, Earmarks• MAP-21 – 2012, $105 B – Performance Measures, Consolidation – Law Expires 9/2014 Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
  17. 17. Other Federal Laws• National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 – Federal Environmental Regulations• Clean Air Act• Civil Rights Act• Americans with Disabilities Act• Executive Orders• Regulations Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
  18. 18. State Laws• Georgia Planning Act – New 2013 Regulations for Local Comprehensive Plans• Georgia Sunshine Laws – Open Records – Open Meetings Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
  19. 19. Metropolitan Planning• MPOs• Urban Areas 50,000 +• Forum for Regional Decision Making• Long Range Plan• Short Range Plan• Public Involvement• Annual Work Program Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
  20. 20. Georgia MPOs • Atlanta • Athens • Augusta • Brunswick • Cartersville • Chattanooga • Columbus • Dalton • Gainesville • Macon • Rome • Warner Robins • Valdosta • Savannah • Hinesville • Albany Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
  21. 21. Georgia Regional Commissions Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
  22. 22. Southern Georgia Regional Commission• Comm. and Econ. Dev. – Comp. Plans, Zoning Codes, other plans, grant writing, environmental planning, transportation planning• Geographic Information Systems – www.valorgis.com• Local gov’t IT support• Area Agency on Aging – Advocates for older adults• Workforce Investment – Job Search, Training, Youth• Small Business Loan Program – $6M revolving loan fund Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
  23. 23. Southern Georgia Regional Commission Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
  24. 24. Valdosta-Lowndes MPO Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
  25. 25. Valdosta-Lowndes MPO• Policy Committee – Highest Elected Officials• Technical Advisory Committee – Engineers, Planners, etc.• Citizen’s Advisory Committee – Grassroots public input Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
  26. 26. CooperativeComprehensive Continuing Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
  27. 27. Planning Process Vision/Goals Performance Alternative Monitoring Strategies Public Participation Project Evaluation andImplementation Prioritization Develop Plans Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
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  29. 29. Long Range Plan• It is a Regional Plan – Projects from State/Locals – Policy Committee must agree to a region- wide list of projects• Spans Jurisdictions and Political Terms• Federal Requirements – Address planning factors, fiscally balanced, system level, multi-modal Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
  30. 30. Data Collection• Drives the Travel Demand Model and Decision-making Process• Socioeconomic Data – Population, Households, Income, Employment, School Enrollment• Traffic Counts• Future Growth Map – Developed Using the Delphi Method Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
  31. 31. Socioeconomic Data 2006 2035Population 103,751 140,068Households 38,935 53,297Employment 55,668 72,051Enrollment 32,932 66,655 Income $33,597 $50,683 Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
  32. 32. Traffic Analysis Zones Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
  33. 33. Highway Network Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
  34. 34. Delphi Method• Using Focus Groups to Separately Come to a Consensus – Met with Each Local Jurisdiction – Confirmed Type, Amount and Date of Future Growth – Generally All of the Future Growth Areas were the Same• Worked with Local Planners to Allocate Population and Employment to TAZs – Used GIS Tools to Allocate Date from VSU – VSU Forecasts were Used as Control Totals Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
  35. 35. Future Growth Map Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
  36. 36. Socioeconomic ChangePopulation Change Employment Change Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
  37. 37. Traffic Simulation Models Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
  38. 38. What Else Do We Do?• Freight Planning• Aviation Planning• Bike and Pedestrian Planning• Transit Planning• Land Use Coordination• Access Management• Intelligent Transportation Systems• Air Quality Planning• Project Development• Etc… Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
  39. 39. Current Trends in Transportation• What do you think some of these current trends are?• What impacts you everyday? Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
  40. 40. Current Trends in Transportation Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
  41. 41. Federal Highway Trust Fund Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
  42. 42. Georgia’s Transportation Investment Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
  43. 43. Revenue Sources• $0.18.4/gallon • $0.07.5/gallon + – Highway Trust Fund about $0.13- – Mass Transit .15/gallon Account • General Fund• Generating about • SPLOST $25-35 B a year• Since 2008, $56B has been transferred from general fund Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
  44. 44. How Would You Fill the Gap? Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
  45. 45. What Are the Local Issues? Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
  46. 46. Public Transit Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
  47. 47. Bike and Pedestrian Projects• Very popular projects• Typically hard to get funding for• Growing interest in Valdosta and Lowndes County• Talk to your local elected officials• June 10, 2013 Valdosta Bike Symposium Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
  48. 48. Local Funding• Woodrow Wilson • 2035 Transportation Drive Plan Includes• Jerry Jones Drive – $416M• Forrest Street – $500M+ that we cannot afford• US 84/W Hill Ave.• I-75 Interchanges• Oak St. Extension• Five Points Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
  49. 49. Freight Movement Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
  50. 50. Traffic Management Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization
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  52. 52. Contact Us Corey Hull, AICP chull@sgrc.uswww.sgrc.us/transportation 229-333-5277 Valdosta – Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization

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