Best Practices: Coordination of Transit, Regional Transportation Planning
Opening Welcoming Session
Edward Beimborn, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Moderator
· Lee Kemp, Member of the Board, Denver Regional Transportation District
Tour to Englewood Station
Harold Stitt, City of Englewood, Moderator
The Denver Story: Poster Session in Denver Union Station
Jeff Becker, Denver Regional Transportation District, Moderator
· Measuring the Ongoing Impacts of Transit Investment on a Region: The FasTracks Quality of Life Program, Paul Ryus, Kittelson and Associates, Inc., Genevieve Hutchison, RTD FasTracks Team, Gideon Berger, RTD
· Regional Market Potential for TOD – the Denver Perspective, James Prost and David Starnes, Basile Baumann Prost & Associates, Inc.
Do It TODay: Educating Public Officials about Transit-Oriented Development, Tom Boone, Denver Regional Council of Governments, Michael Leccese, Colorado District Council of the Urban Land Institute, Nanci Kerr, Sky to Ground Inc.
~ Monday, August 27, 2007 ~
This session explores some of the “national” dimensions of the conference’s themes, as well as provide a bit of international comparison through a case study on Dutch practice on integrating transit and land use planning.
10:45 a.m. - Noon
Regional Focus: Visioning and Building the Transit Region
Richard Weaver, American Public Transportation Association, Moderator
Transit involvement in MPO and planning processes, successes in integrating transportation and land use planning and community-based visioning efforts are explored in this session.
· Establishing a Transit Vision in Southwestern Pennsylvania: A Collaborative Process, Richard C. Feder, Whitman, Requardt and Associates, Larry J. Morris, Westmoreland County Transit Authority, Chuck Imbrogno, Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission
· Coordinated Transit & Land Use Planning in the Region of Waterloo, Jeffrey M. Casello, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada,Kevin Curtis, Regional Municipality of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, Graham Vincent, Regional Municipality of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
12:15 pm Luncheon
Speaker: Cal Marsella, General Manager and CEO, Denver Regional Transportation District
Corridor Focus: Integrated Transit and Land Use Planning at the Corridor Level
Frank Spielberg, Vanasse, Hangen, Brustlin, Inc., Moderator
This session focuses on the “corridor” as a critical basis for achieving a better integration of transit and land use planning.
· Planning for the Corridor: Transit-Oriented Development Potential and Outcomes, Dena Belzer, Strategic Economics and the Center for Transit-Oriented Development
· Retrofitting the Strip: Creating Bus-Oriented Corridors and Centers, Bruce Appleyard, University of California, Berkeley/Dowling Associates
3:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Case Studies: Tapas Session and Poster Boards
Brendon Hemily, Hemily and Associates, Moderator
This session used an innovative approach of five-minute presentations and poster board presentations to explore a range of cases studies related to regional planning issues, transit involvement in land use development, and analytic tools related to transit, planning, and land use. Presenters will make a five-minute overview of their topic in a plenary format, followed by the opportunity for more informal discussions with participants at their posters.
Case Studies-Regional Planning
Case Studies-Transit Involvement
~ Tuesday, August 28, 2007 ~
Neighborhood Focus: TOD, Transit-Sensitive Development and Development-Oriented Transit Todd Hemingson, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Moderator
What are the elements of a transit neighborhood? What can make it successful? What are the opportunities and challenges for the transit agency in participating in the process? These are central questions to the increasingly important goal for many communities- successfully integrating transit into the fabric of a neighborhood. This session features three presentations that speak to these issues. In combination, they should provide attendees with an improved understanding of what it takes to create a vibrant and successful transit neighborhood.
· Housing Challenges and Policies to Support Transit - (Production of Mixed-Income Housing around Transit: Local and State Policies that Work), Samuel Zimmerman-Bergman, Center for Transit-Oriented Development,
10:30 a.m. – Noon Concurrent Workshops
What improvements are needed in analysis procedures and techniques to better deal with transit in a regional setting, especially when there is a lot of land use interaction? How do planning agencies effectively analyze transit projects? The workshop focused on defining issues and developing a research agenda for better techniques.
Workshop #2 - Thinking Beyond the Station
Sam Zimmerman-Bergman, Center for Transit Oriented Development, Workshop Leader
"Thinking Beyond the Station” addresses the challenges of integrating transit and development into communities, including the design and planning of transit facilities and station areas, opportunities for place-making, and capturing the value of public transportation investments through new development. “Thinking Beyond the Station” encompasses decisions as diverse as selecting alignments and stop locations or determining the appropriate development types and intensities to support both transit ridership and community vitality. The Center for Transit-Oriented Development and Project for Public Spaces will jointly lead the workshop this workshop to focus on Community Supportive Transit, including gaps in existing knowledge, barriers to Community Supportive Transit and potential research steps to further understand this issue. Questions discussed include: How can Community Supportive Transit be integrated into corridor planning early in the process? What are strategies for overcoming pedestrian barriers? What types and intensity of uses help catalyze transit ridership and create community assets around transit stops?
This workshop examines how transit agencies can improve coordination with regional planning organizations and land use developers in locations that are bus only. Some questions addressed are: What can be done to enhance the tie between non-fixed guideway transit and land use? How to make non- TOD development (or, standard suburban/exurban development) transit friendly? What are minimum thresholds to support transit service (e.g., residential, employment or visitor density)? How can transit agencies work to make land use more transit friendly? The workshop will also explore the factors leading to successful coordination. What is the role of champions, funding sources, area growth trends and governmental cooperation in creating a transit region? Is it essential to be a new start community or are there other things that can be done?
Noon - 1:15 p.m. Luncheon
Speakers: Ferd Belz, President, Cherokee
Kenneth Ho, Senior Associate
1:30 p.m. -
· Sam Zimmerman-Bergman, Center for Transit Oriented Development