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Planning for Freight Movement
Activity Code: S413
Date: Saturday, April 13
On average, 42 tons of freight is delivered to every man, woman, and child in the United States each year, making planning for freight movement an increasingly critical topic in transportation. This session looks at the importance of defining freight corridors within a community and the processes and techniques planners use to accomplish that task throughout the country and, in particular, the City of Baltimore.
Jacquelyn M. Seneschal, AICP
Senior Supervising Planner, Parsons Brinkerhoff
Phone: (410) 454-9768
Work: Senior Supervising Planner at Parsons Brinckerhoff working on transportation and community issues largely in the State of Maryland. Previously she led air quality planning at the Metropolitan Washington Council Of Governments and she also served as Director of Planning for Charles County, Maryland
Education: M.S., Urban Planning and Policy Management, Johns Hopkins University, 1985 B.A., Political Science and Economics, University of Tennessee, 1977
Past Assignments: Has presented on a variety of planning topics at conferences for the Maryland and Delaware Chapters of APA
Valorie L. LaCour
Senior Transportation Planner, City of Baltimore Dept of Plng.
Work: Valorie LaCour, President of the Women in Transportation Seminar (WTS) and Board Member of the Baltimore Industrial Group, is a Transportation Planner III for Baltimore City Department of Transportation (BCDOT). She is an accomplished transportation strategist, policy analyst and leader committed to inspiring collaboration as well as the effective and efficient stewardship of capitol and operating budgets to advance public safety and healthy communities in the City of Baltimore Maryland. Within BCDOT, under the Director of Transportation, she is especially proud of the collaborations, relationships and negotiations that have helped advance Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s plan for the future of Baltimore, third party relationships (railroads, utilities, private developers) and the citizens of Baltimore. Department of Transportation’s Commercial Vehicle Management Plan consisting of improved truck routes for the efficient transportation and delivery of consumer goods and services within city limits. This strategic project and its related vision led to the formulation of a new guidance system for truck operations, commercial vehicle enforcement codes, and city policy for oversize truck damage assessment. Led strategic partners including MPA, BDC, MMTA, BMC, MDOT in developing freight management plan for Port of Baltimore adjacent communities resulting in a planning tool for reconstructing roadways, and enhancing corridors to balance economic development, community livability, and multimodal transportation options. Coordinated departmental activities with transportation agencies to develop BCDOT’s transportation operations plan for sustainability resulting in inventory of current environmental practices, benchmarked best management practices, created matrix for ongoing operations improvement for the reduction of energy use, waste stream, water use, and increased recycling and reuse of materials. Advancing the brand of BCDOT through engaging, educating and partnering with community representatives from every neighborhood in Baltimore. By building internal and external partnerships across functions and between stakeholders, Valorie has been able to provide leadership, oversight, direction and structure for sustainable, strategic and tactical programs and projects that make up the visible and invisible regulation of traffic, transportation and civic life for Baltimore.
Education: Masters Landscape Architecture, The Ohio State University 1996 Bachelor Business Administration, Operations Management, Wright State University 1992 WTS Leadership Program: Leadership for the Twenty First Century, National Transit Institute, NJ 2012
Other Publications: 2007 ASLA Newsletter, Winter: Celebrating the Maryland Class of Fellows 1998 Landscape Journal Vol. 17, Number 1: Women in the ASLA: A Descriptive Analysis 1993 Engineering Research Experiences for Undergraduates, The Ohio State University, College of Engineering
Past Assignments: 2012 January 22- Transportation Research Board (TRB) Presenter Integrated Public & Private Sector Freight Rail Planning 2011 July 10- TRB Joint Summer Meeting Presenter Planning Strategies for Addressing Complex Multimodal Freight Impacts
Lisa D. Loftus-Otway
Research Associate IV, Cntr for Trans Research
Phone: (512) 232-3072
Work: Lisa Loftus-Otway a registered Attorney and Counselor at Law has been in the transportation planning and policy realm for eight years. Her research specializes in transportation law, policy and planning, surface freight analysis and, land use and corridor planning. Lisa is also the coordinating manager for CTR, leading the administrative team of 12 within the research center. Lisa regularly presents her research at conferences, and was invited to sit on a Focus Panel providing advice to FRA for development of the National Rail Plan in 2010, and on ACRP Project Panel 02-18 during 2011. She teaches a graduate course in Planning for Megaregions in the school of community and regional planning at UT-Austin. Prior to arriving in the US Lisa had 15 years’ experience working in South Africa and the UK. She worked for four years for two local authorities in England: serving on a Planning Review Board and the Sustainable Development Committee. After call to the bar Lisa worked in the areas of fiduciary, property and trust law on the Island of Guernsey, managing 300 trust accounts of £600 million.
Education: LLB Law - London Guildhall University LLM International Environmental Law - University of Nottingham MPAff - LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin
Publications: Meitzen, M., Loftus-Otway, L., Hutson, N., Grow, R., Bruening, A.D., and Pett, K.P. Preserving and Protecting Freight Infrastructure and Routes NCFREP Report 16. Prepared for TRB National Cooperative Freight Research Program. March 2012. Transportation Research Board, Washington: DC. Loftus-Otway, L., Walton C.M., Blais, L., and Hutson, N. Protecting and Preserving Rail Corridors Against Encroachment of Incompatible Uses. Research Report 0-5546-1 Center for Transportation Research. TX, 2008. Morgan, C., Loftus-Otway, L., Hutson, N., and Warner, J. Preservation and Reuse of Abandoned Rail Corridors: Legal and Policy Issues. Proceedings of the ASME/ASCE/IEEE Joint Rail Conference. Philadelphia: PA, April 2012. Meitzen, M., Loftus-Otway, L., Hutson, N., Grow, R., Bruening, A.D., and Phillips, R. Preserving and Protecting Freight Infrastructure and Routes. Proceedings of the ASME/ASCE/IEEE Joint Rail Conference. Philadelphia: PA, April 2012.
Other Publications: Prozzi, J., Paes, T., Loftus-Otway, L., and Caldas, C. Guidance on Extracting Value from TxDOT’s Land Holdings. Research Report 0-6634-1. Center for Transportation Research, TX, July 2012. Harrison, R., Johnson, D., Loftus-Otway, L., Hutson, N., Seedah, D., Zhang, M., and Lewis, C. Megaregion Freight Planning a Synopsis. Research Report 0-6627-1, Center for Transportation Research, TX, March 2012. Mingo, R., Loftus-Otway, L., Hutson, N., Moore, T., and Ritchie, B. Potential Future Uses of Highway Rights of Way: Summary Report. Prepared for FHWA: Office of Policy Analysis. Washington: DC, February 2012. Prozzi, J., Dumais, A., Cline, M., Loftus-Otway, L., and Seaborne, E. Texas Energy Sector: Past and Future. Research Report 0-6513-1B. Center for Transportation Research, TX, December 2011. Prozzi J., Carroll, L., Loftus-Otway, L., Bhat, C., Paleti, R., and McCray, T. Assessing the Environmental Justice Impacts of Toll Road Projects Research Report 0-6511-1, Center for Transportation Research, Tx, 2011. Rutzen B., Hutson, N and Loftus-Otway. Mexico City Commuter Rail: Planning and Implementation of a Multi-jurisdictional PPP Project. Transportation Research Record, Transit 2010 Volume 4. Transportation Research Board, Washington: DC. Niven, R., Hutson, N, Loftus-Otway, L, and Boske, L. Transportation Infrastructure Planning in Mexico. Transportation Research Board 89th Annual Meeting. Washington: DC. January 2010. Welter, D., Ates, M., Loftus-Otway, L, Matthews, R., and Harrison, R. Estimating Texas Motor Vehicle Operating Costs. Research Report 0-5974-1. Center for Transportation Research: TX, 2009. Prozzi, J., Flanagan, K., Loftus-Otway, L., Porterfield, B., Persad, K., Prozzi, J.A., and Walton, C.M. Actual vs. Forecasted Toll Usage: A Case Study Review. Research Report 0-6044-1. Center for Transportation Research: TX, 2009 Harrison, R., Schofield M., Loftus-Otway, L., Middleton, D., and West, J. Developing Freight Highway Corridor Performance Measure Strategies in Texas. Research Report 0-5410-1 Center for Transportation Research. TX, 2007. Loftus-Otway, L. Siegesmund, P., Hutson, N., Harrison, R., and Machemehl, R. Assessing the Effects of US-VISIT RFID Technology Implementation on Vehicle and Pedestrian Crossing Times at De Concini, Nogales, AZ. Report No. 1 Baseline Data Collection and Review; and Report No. 2 Pilot Data Collection and Analysis to Baseline Data. Department of Homeland Security & Center for Transportation Research. Washington: D.C., 2006.
Past Assignments: Sustainable Development: International Context and Review. Presentation to Women’s Transportation Seminar: Heart of Texas Chapter 5th Annual Professional Development Seminar. Austin, Texas, September 12 2012. Environmental Justice and Sustainable Transportation. Presentation to Women’s Transportation Seminar: Heart of Texas Chapter 5th Annual Professional Development Seminar. Austin, Texas, September 12 2012. “Protecting and Preserving Rail Corridors and Facilities.” Presentation to National Association of Counties Annual Meeting, Pittsburg PA, July 16 2012. “Urban Planning Around Freight Corridors: NCFRP16 Research.” Presentation to City of Baltimore, May 23, 2012. “Protecting and Preserving Freight Corridors and Facilities.” Presentation to Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., January 22, 2012. “Protecting and Preserving Rail Corridors.” Presentation to FRA National Highway Rail Grade Crossing Safety Training Conference, Galveston, TX, November 8 2011 “Protecting and Preserving Rail Corridors.” Presentation to Preservation Maryland Annual Conference, Annapolis, MD, May 20, 2011. “Protecting and Preserving Rail Corridors:” Presentation to American Association of Railroads State Legislative Affairs Meeting. Denver, CO, 12-14, October 2010. “Development and Encroachment around Rail Corridors- How are we to Preserve our Right of Ways?” FRA Rail Corridor Safety Conference. Tacoma, WA, June 23, 2010. “Impacts of Land Use Around Rail Corridors”. American Railway Development Association Annual Meeting. Annapolis MD, June 8. 2009. “Land Use Planning Around Rail Corridors.” Presentation to 2008 Mid-States Highway Rail Grade Crossing Safety Conference, Grapevine, TX, May 20, 2008. “Land Use Planning Around Rail Corridors.” Presentation to Federal Railroad Administration Rail Corridor Safety Conference: A Railroad Runs Through It. Ventura, CA, May 13, 2008.
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