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RTPO Roles in Megaregion and Multi-Jurisdictional Planning


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During the 2017 National Regional Transportation Conference, Scott Allen shared information about the Federal Highway Administration's work on megaregion and multi-region planning such as workshops, as well as challenges and opportunities for rural regional transportation planning organizations to engage in large-scale planning.

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RTPO Roles in Megaregion and Multi-Jurisdictional Planning

  1. 1. RTPO Roles in Megaregion and Multi- Jurisdictional Planning NADO National Regional Transportation Conference June 29, 2017 Denver, CO
  2. 2. RMOC and Megaregions • Background on Regional Models of Cooperation (RMOC) and Megaregions • Common RTPO/RPA Challenges • Benefits and Opportunities • Megaregion Workshops • Future Activities • Resources
  3. 3. RMOC and Megaregions
  4. 4. RMOC and Megaregions
  5. 5. RMOC and Megaregions
  6. 6. RMOC and Megaregions Key Players • State DOTs • Regional Planning Agencies • Economic Development Organizations • Transit Agencies • Freight Industry • Local Jurisdictions • Private Sector
  7. 7. RTPO/RPA Challenges • Lack of Funding • Limited Staff and Resources • Growing Global/National Economies • Multi-Jurisdictional Issues • Lack of Data • Regional Redundancies
  8. 8. RTPO Benefits Through a Megaregional Lens Opportunities that Span Organizational Boundaries Asset Management MAP-21/FAST Act Performance Management Data- Sharing Intercity Passenger and Rail Freight Planning …and recognizing mutual needs, goals, and objectives of the geographic region as a whole… Enhancing Economic Development and Transportation…
  9. 9. RTPO Challenges Through a Megaregional Lens • MAP-21/FAST Act Performance Management Requirements  Regional voice when conducting coordination activities with State DOTs  Coordination of data sources, trends analysis, and data interpretation  Multi-Jurisdictional target-setting
  10. 10. RTPO Challenges Through a Megaregion Lens • FAST Act Freight Requirements  FAST Act-compliant Statewide Freight Plans  Identification of Critical Rural Freight Corridors  Regional Representation at Statewide Freight Advisory Committee Meetings
  11. 11. Megaregion Workshops • National Megaregion Workshops  I-10 Corridor Coalition (June 2, 2016) – AZ, CA, NM, and TX  Mid-Atlantic (December 6-7, 2016) – DC, DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA, and WV  Mid-South (December 8-9, 2016) – AL, AR, LA, MS, and TN  Piedmont (January 31 – Feb 1, 2017) – AL, GA, NC, SC, and TN
  12. 12. I-10 Coalition Megaregion Workshop • A shared vision for the I-10 Corridor Coalition by the Chief Executive Officers from each of the four State DOTs • Signature of the coalition charter by each of the four State DOT CEOs • Identify elements of a Concept for Operations (ConOps) • Action Plan and next steps to sustain the coalition Megaregion Workshops
  13. 13. Mid-Atlantic Megaregion Workshop • Opportunities to Share Data and Resources  Truck Parking Access/Information  Autonomous Vehicles Technologies • Freight Shipment Information  Goods O/D and Types of Goods Moving • Impact of Autonomous Trucks on Freight Movement Megaregion Workshops
  14. 14. Source: Georgia Tech CQGRD Mid-South Megaregion Workshop • Agreement among regions on large Federal projects to increase competitiveness • Improving collaboration between States, RPAs, and Freight industry • Understanding of megaregions goods O/D and types of goods moving • Understand various laws impacting technology Megaregion Workshops
  15. 15. Source: Georgia Tech CQGRD Piedmont Megaregion Workshop • Understanding private sector needs on goods movement and the impact on transportation/economic development • Focus on Corridors of Interest • Implementing steps to regional coordination State of the Practice
  16. 16. Future Opportunities for Engagement • Coming Soon – Northeast (CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, and VT) • August 8-9, 2017; Providence, RI: Topic Freight/ED – Great Lakes/Chicago (IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, MO, and WI) • August 28-29, 2017; Chicago, IL: Topic: Freight/ED – Texas (AR, LA, TX, and OK) • September 14-15, 2017; Houston, TX: Freight/ED – Central Plains/Midwest (IA, IL, KS, MO, and NE) • TBD; Kansas City, MO: Topic TBD
  17. 17. Key Megaregion Questions to Answer • What are the most promising issues at the interregional and megaregional scales around which the interests of RPAs and local governments can coalesce? What models for collaboration exist or can be developed to address those issues? • How can institutional and other barriers to megaregional cooperation be overcome? What is the best practice model of formalized megaregional governance? • How can progress in achieving planning goals and objectives at the megaregional scale be measured? What performance metrics can be applied? Key Megaregion Considerations
  18. 18. Available FHWA Resources • Regional Models of Cooperation Homepage  • Regional Models of Cooperation Handbook  • Megaregions Case Studies and Homepage  • Planning Capacity Building website  • PlanWorks  • Briefing Book for Transportation Planning Officials 
  19. 19. Scott Allen FHWA Office of Planning Planning Capacity Building Team Washington, DC 202-366-2650